Exclusive: Kenyan Chef Who cooks for Manchester United

Globally, Kenyans are achieving remarkable feats not only in athletics but also in various other domains. One such outstanding individual is Milton Isalano, whose journey has taken him from the culinary scene in Nairobi to becoming a pivotal figure in the renowned English Premier League club, Manchester United.

Isalano revealed that his tenure with Manchester United as a senior chef dates back to 2005, coinciding with the era of Sir Alex Ferguson’s leadership at the club. Prior to his venture in the United Kingdom, Isalano honed his culinary skills as a Pioneer Senior Chef at the prestigious Windsor Golf and Country Club in Nairobi from 1991 to 2002.

Reflecting on his diverse career trajectory, Isalano reminisced about his stint as the Head Chef of the V.I.P Escape Lounges at Manchester Airport from 2010 to 2014, where he catered to elite clientele, including members of the Manchester United and Manchester City football teams before their travels abroad.

The magnitude of Isalano’s role at Manchester United becomes apparent when considering the club’s extensive culinary operations. With 26 kitchens and a demand for 120 chefs on a single match day, the scale of his responsibilities is truly immense.

Beyond his tenure at Manchester United, Isalano’s culinary expertise has transcended into other prestigious establishments. From 2015 to 2018, he graced the kitchens of the renowned Gotham Hotel, serving distinguished personalities such as X-factor stars like Simon Cowell.

Isalano’s journey to culinary excellence began with his pursuit of education in Kenya, where he completed short chef courses at Kenya Utalii College and Kenya Polytechnic. Subsequently, he pursued a Chef’s Diploma at Lancaster and Morecambe College from 2004 to 2006, followed by a BA in Hospitality Management at Salford University in 2012.

His remarkable achievements have not gone unnoticed, as evidenced by his appearances alongside Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK, Manoah Esipisu, during events such as Kenya and Friends in the Park at London Pitshanger Park. Such gatherings, organized by individuals like Lydia Olet, serve as platforms for Kenyan diaspora communities to connect and explore opportunities for networking and investment.

In a tweet, Ambassador Manoah expressed his admiration for the vibrant atmosphere and meaningful interactions at the Kenya in the Park event, highlighting the spirit of unity and camaraderie among Kenyans and their friends from diverse backgrounds.