Meet Bernice Kariuki, Arsenal First Team’s Private Chef

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Meet Bernice Kariuki born and raised in Jericho, a slum in Nairobi’s Eastlands.


Ms. Kariuki is a Professional Chef who is based in the United Kingdom and working for Arsenal Football Club as their first team private chef.

Bernice who is living her dream joined the London side team mid-2021 as their first-team team private chef.

“A girl from the ghetto Jericho living nothing but her dreams. May I reintroduce myself as Arsenal’s first-team private chef,” she wrote on her social media pages.

Under the leadership of Darren Taylor, the Executive Chef at Arsenal, Bernice cooks exclusively for first-team players, the management team, and members of Arsenal’s technical bench.

“Some of the roles include managing the wellbeing and nutrition of the team on a daily basis both pre and post-match.

“The work also involves designing healthy, nutritious menus before traveling with the team on all home and away matches and cooking exclusively for the players, management, and technical team,” Taylor said.

She also manages the daily well-being and nutrition of the team before and after matches, as well as menus for the traveling team.

“I wasn’t eating great, I wasn’t drinking that well, before games I wasn’t really that hydrated but since then I’ve tried to focus so much on it,” Rowe Smith said.

Kenyan High Commissioner to the UK Manoah Esipisu recently ran into her in Windsor, Berkshire at a forum for Kenyans living in the U.K.

Describing her as a trailblazer, Esipisu congratulated Bernice for her work in a post shared on social media.

“Delighted to bump into Arsenal first-team chef Bernice Kariuki at a black-tie Kenya UK Diaspora event in Windsor, Berkshire. Trailblazing and embodying the Kenyan ‘can do’ spirit. Congratulations,” Esipisu said.


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