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Chef Charlie Ayers is the executive chef and owner of Calafia Café and Market A Go Go in the heart of Silicon Valley, downtown Palo Alto, California. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Chef Ayers has worked in the restaurant industry all his life and even catered backstage for the Grateful Dead where he fed the band and crew in exchange for admission to shows. Chef Ayers is most widely known for his time at the helm of Google’s groundbreaking and highly publicized food service program where he served as the founding executive chef for six years from 1999 - 2005. At Google, Chef Ayers developed his notion of "fine food for the fast crowd" that he has also applied to his concept for Calafia, with a commitment to provide the greater public with healthful, sustainable cuisine made by local artisans, in a fast and affordable format. Chef Ayers released his first cookbook, Food 2.0, in 2008 which further reinforces his culinary philosophy with a collection of health-conscious, recipes, many of which are offered at Calafia.
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