Article posted on February 6th, 2017
Apple CEO Tim Cook dedicated 90 minutes of his 24 hour trip to France to having lunch with some locals on Monday.
Cook’s team arranged the relatively intimate lunch — attended by seven people — using an app known as VizEat, which allows travellers to meet locals over a meal that is typically cooked in someone’s house.
Apple employees first got in touch with VizEat 10 days ago saying that they wanted to arrange a lunch for Cook and some senior Apple execs.
The lunch — held in the 16th Arrondissement, a neighbourhood near the Eiffel Tower — was hosted by a local resident named Odile and her husband Pierre. Other guests included iTunes director Oliver Schusser, and VizEat CEO and cofounder Jean-Michel Petit.
The menu that Cook ate from consisted of:
“We had lunch with Tim yesterday and it was a very typical French menu that the host had already prepared,” Petit told Business Insider. “It was difficult for me to start work after that because it was good food and good wine.”
Petit said Cook was “very easy going” during the lunch and that he asked a lot of questions, such as where in France the food on the menu was coming from and how many times the hosts had used VizEat. “You didn’t feel like you were having lunch with the CEO of Apple,” Petit added, before going on to say Cook has “very good table manners” as well as a “good appetite.”