I used to own a restaurant just around the corner from the Canva office in Surry Hills, the Orto Trading Co. Mel and Cliff, the Canva co-founders, would often drop in for lunch. When they heard I was selling the restaurant they pounced and started trying to recruit me!
I took a bit of convincing. I’d been a chef for 16 years, and I knew that if I opened a new restaurant it would be in the papers straight away. I wanted to try something different though, and I could see a real trend happening with exciting companies investing in high-calibre food—from Silicon Valley to London to Tel Aviv. The idea of being at the forefront of that in Australia was exciting to me, especially with the great food culture we have here.
The perception is that tech companies are being frivolous by cooking for their employees, but our employees are the core of our business. I’m always getting feedback that people really value our meals, and the chance to socialise across the whole company at mealtimes.
The perception is that tech companies are being frivolous by cooking for their employees, but our employees are the core of our business.