Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK) Ambassador Manoah Esipisu on Sunday, July 30 shared a photo he took with Kenyan in London, revealing that he was a chef at Manchester United.
Ambassador Esipisu identified the man as Milton Isoyi, a Kenyan citizen working at Premier League giants Manchester United Football Club as a chef.
“Another Kenyan Chef doing great. I bumped into Milton Isoyi, a Manchester United chef at the Kenya in the Park event in North London.
Great event serving great connections amongst Kenyan Diaspora,” said Amb. Esipisu.
Manchester United Chef Roles
According to the Manchester United website, chefs support Lead Chefs and Sous Chefs to provide world class catering for the club’s executive clients dining within the hospitality areas.
Some of the duties may involve preparing, cooking, and serving food to clients across the stadium on a Match Day.
As a chef, Isoyi performs the following roles at Manchester United:
- Assist in the production, preparation and cooking of food for areas within the stadium.
- Support the Kitchen Supervisor to maintain a smooth operation.
- Prepare food according to a set specification sheet.
- Ensure all aspects of food production processes are presented to the highest of standards.
- Assist in stock control, portion control and quality control.
- Contribute to carrying out a critical analysis of food safety operations.
Other than preparing meals, the chef performs the following duties:
- Completes set paperwork applicable to the operation daily.
- Assist the Environmental Health Manager in pursuance of Health and Safety conformance.
- Maintains a high level of personal hygiene and ensures that correct clean uniform and personal protective equipment are always worn.
- Reports and records any service or maintenance issues with any kitchen paperwork queries to your Kitchen Manager.
- Ensuring a deep clean is conducted in your area of work at the end of your shift, whilst maintaining cleanliness of kitchens throughout.
- Informs the Kitchen Manager about all food wastage.
- Must be committed to the success of the Football Club, by delivering Manchester United’s Visions and Values.
- Adheres to and helps enforce all Health and Safety standards, company rules, regulations, and policies always.
Further, to serve as a chef at Manchester United, one must have a valid, in-date basic food hygiene certificate, an NVQ Level 2 in food preparation or similar qualification and work experience in a similar kitchen environment.
Currently, James Tagg is the Executive Chef at Manchester United.
Kenya in the Park
This is the fifth year of Kenya in the Park (Kenya and Friends in the Park) which is an annual event.
At the same time, the event brings together Kenyans in the UK and those who love Kenya to enjoy a day of activities, music, food, and speakers.
It took place for two days from Saturday 29 July to Sunday 30 July 2023 in London, Pitshanger Park.
Additionally, it provides an opportunity for all Kenyans to show the spirit of togetherness, network and share our diversity.
Also, the event aims to empower Kenyans and other communities through workshops e.g., consular matters, immigration issues, education, and business.
Further, it promotes Kenyan culture through entertainment, sports, fashion, games, food, music, and dance and create awareness regardless of different ethnicity, we also work towards promoting local and international trade and tourism.
Kenyan Arsenal Chef
However, Isoyi is not the first Kenyan to serve as a chef in a top premier league club in the UK.
Bernice Kariuki became the first Kenyan to serve as a chef for a premier league club. She joined Arsenal football club in 2020 when the team appointed Mikel Arteta as the new head coach.
After graduating as a professional cook in London, Bernice worked in a hotel within the city.
Bernice grew up in Jericho, Nairobi Kenya.