SAN JOSE, Calif. – Google, the Internet search kingpin, is conducting a huge search of its own: It is scouring the world for a pair of executive chefs.

Former celebrity chef Charlie Ayers, who once cooked for the Grateful Dead, resigned in May.

Google announced Thursday it is now looking internationally for two “quick and creative thinkers” who can develop menus ranging from vegan entrees to organic wood-fired pizzas.

Google serves 2,300 meals a day and counting, and recently added a fifth cafe to its Mountain View headquarters.

“These two chefs will play an important role in managing the company’s growing appetites,” said co-founder Sergey Brin in a press release.

And nobody would deny that Google has growing appetites.

This is no job for the weak of stomach.

In this kitchen version of “The Apprentice,” top candidates will prepare a meal for 30 employees at the Googleplex. Then four finalists will compete in a cookoff, with the two best getting jobs.

Susan Wojcicki, a vice president and “longtime seeker of Google chefs,” said the new chefs will get stock options. They may also acquire star status.

“I’m not sure they’re going to get a chef who’s already a celebrity,” said Marc Marelich, former executive chef at Cisco Systems. “But with Google being in the spotlight so much, I don’t think it will be hard for whoever they pick to really step up and become a star chef.”

The heat is on.

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