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Even The Pizza Chefs At Apple Need To Be Highly Qualified

by Adriana Lee | June 3, 2012June 3, 2012 6:00 pm PDT

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Think it’s tough to land a tech gig at a world-class company? Well apparently it’s even hard for the cooks in those corporate kitchens.

Apple is infamously picky about its new hires, but who knew that it’s picky about its pizza chefs too? According to this job post, a summer spent slinging slices isn’t going to cut it. You’ve got to know how make everything from scratch, be able to work that dough without a rolling a pin, and have some serious chops with wood ovens. Oh, and Sicilian or Chicago-style pizzamakers need not apply — Cupertino seems to be fired up about Neapolitan only.

The ideal candidate has extensive experience making pizza dough from scratch and is able to portion and toss the dough; possesses the ability to hand stretch the pizza (without using a rolling pin) and cook the pizza to order in a high temperature oven. The cook will also prep and maintain all food items necessary to make a variety of pizzas (toppings, sauces and related prep).

At least 2-4 years of experience working a high volume wood burning pizza oven featuring thin crust, Neapolitan style pizza.

Of course, this doesn’t seem so bad compared to what developers, product designers and other employees need to get a job at Apple. Not only are those requirements stringent, but there are reportedly nine-month-long interview cycles, and the company even tests new staffers’ loyalty with dummy projects. I don’t suppose they question their cooks for months or force them to make fake food, so if you have serious pizza cred, I guess this is another way to get one of those highly coveted badges.

[via Geekosystem, source Apple]


Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...