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The Foodie Side of Sundar Pichai and Other Tech CEOs

Sundar Pichai

Google boss Sundar Pichai recently celebrated 15 years of Google Maps in a unique way, by sharing a map of his favorite burrito places from across the globe. Pichai revealed how burrito is his all-time favorite comfort food, and he loves to devour a veggie burrito wherever he travels.

He wrote in a blog on Google, “Burritos are one of the things that help me feel normal when jet lagged between time zones.”

We know that eating right is linked to not just increased strength and energy, but better brain power too! It is quite interesting to see glimpses of the foodie sides of the leaders of big tech corporations.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he probably avoids early-morning meetings so that he has time to eat a healthy “unhurried” breakfast without any fatty convenience food items. In an interview, he even expressed his liking for Mediterranean octopus with potatoes, bacon, green garlic yogurt, and a poached egg.

Think of out of the world food items, and Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla comes to mind. the ‘Tesla Man’ who is known for working 80 to 90 hours a week, doesn’t stick to a strict diet plan at all and usually skips breakfast, but when he does, he will eat a Mars chocolate bar (apt for a man who is trying to get to the red planet).

In an interview Musk said, “I’m trying to cut down on sweet stuff, and I should have an omelet and coffee”. His lunch is usually just an unimportant meal as his breakfast. Whatever his assistant brings him during meetings, he will inhale it in five minutes. Instead, Musk focuses on dinner, which often takes place while working and for him it a great break to re-energize.

Instead, Musk focuses on dinner, which often happens over business. Musk said in a 2015 Reddit AMA that his favorite foods are French cuisine and barbecue.

Closer home, Mukesh Ambani, MD & Chairman of Reliance Industries sports very simple eating habits and does not mind what kind of food comes to his plate. A simple dinner of roti, dal and sabzi are his favorite, apart from South Indian and Gujarati food.

Satya Nadella’s favorite food – needless to mention – is Hyderabad biryani and he also loves to prepare this exotic dish for his dear ones. Though a fitness enthusiast who’s very passionate about running, he admits having a sweet tooth and he loves pastries.

Tech honcho, Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft loves Diet Coke so much that he drinks three or four cans a day. Gates also apparently loves cheeseburgers. Joe Cerrell, managing director of global policy and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has said that anyone who has lunch with Gates should expect to have cheeseburgers.

The late Steve Jobs was known for his odd eating habits. The Apple Co-founder would sometimes eat only one or two foods at a time, for weeks. At one point, his diet was strictly carrots and apples. At another time, he was a “fruitarian” — a diet where Jobs could only eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains.

For the current Apple CEO Tim Cook, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the people’s leader revealed that he enjoys eating lunch with his employees in the Apple cafeteria. The busy Cook is also famous for munching  energy bars during meetings, as a Time article mentions, “… the sound of wrappers crinkling during employee presentations is a common occurrence when he’s around.”

For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, breakfast isn’t something he’s too picky about. He’ll just eat whatever he’s feeling for that day, because he “doesn’t like to waste time on small decisions.

CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey only eats dinner. He has a meal of fish, chicken, or steak with a salad, spinach, asparagus or Brussels sprouts. He has mixed berries or some dark chocolate for dessert and also sometimes drinks red wine.

“During the day, I feel so much more focused. … You have this very focused point of mind in terms of this drive,” Dorsey said adding that the time back from breakfast and lunch allowed him to focus more on the day’s work.

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Sohini Bagchi
Sohini Bagchi is Editor at Trivone Digital, a published author and a storyteller. She can be reached at sohini.bagchi@trivone.com