Nestlé Professional names Kenya's top Junior Chef

Kenneth Muriuki beat two others to win the coveted trip to the home of hospitality

 Nairobi, 13th March 2014: Leading food and beverage provider for the out-of-home segment, Nestlé Professional, today crowned Kenneth Muriuki, an intern at Olesereni Hotel as Kenya’s top Junior Chef of the MAGGI junior chefs competition held at Kenyatta International convention Centre (KICC).

Muriuki, who cooked smoked pan fried tilapia served with raggou, beat two others to win the top prize, a three day trip to visit the Electrolux Factory in Italy and a weekend stay at the beautiful city of Venice.

“I am very excited today and quite grateful to Nestlé Professional for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills,” said Muriuki, a former student at Utalii College.

In just under two and a half hours, the three contestants were tasked to prepare a main course dish in an interactive cooking demo using Nestlé products - MAGGI® Rich Flavours and Cubes- and other raw ingredients of choice, all provided by Nestlé.

“We were very impressed by the professionalism and creativity exhibited by junior chefs today. This is just the beginning of our journey to nurture the young talents in the hospitality industry in Kenya,” said Paul Nagelkerken, Nestlé Professional, Country Beverage Business Manager.

Today’s event marked the part II of the MAGGI Junior Chefs Competition that took place during the culmination of a three day Hospitality and Food Service trade exhibition (HOSTEX), an acclaimed event where players in the hotel and hospitality industry meet together to showcase latest technology in the industry.

“We were giving the junior chefs a chance to battle it out on the best cuisine and recipes, using the MAGGI® Rich Flavours and Cubes range. The students have shown great skills that are essential in meeting the taste of the modern discerning consumer and changing lifestyle needs,” explained Nagelkerken.

This year, the competition brought together three students, Tom Obedi of Utalii College emerged second position as Raymond Mbugua from International Hotel and Tourism Institute (IHTI) settled for third place.

Nestlé Professional partnered with Papyrus the authorised distributors for Electrolux- (Kitchen equipment solutions) and Puratos (Pastry baking solutions) to bring the culinary competition this year.

Nestlé Professional Regional Operations Manager, Robert Muathe, Papyrus Managing Director Bernhard Marten and Archie Athanasius, the Executive Chef at Boma Hotel were the judges in the event.

“We were assessing the chef’s skills, from novelty and innovation, taste, presentation, speed, hygiene among other culinary aspects,” explained Robert Muathe.


March, 2014

We invite you to read our Dairy Report that highlights Nestlé’s principles and values of enhancing livelihoods.

The Dairy report highlights the important work Nestlé Kenya is involved in towards improving the lives of farmers in Kenya. Our work with East Africa Dairy Development Program at Kabiyet, Eldoret which is in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya, is a great example of this.

This report gives wonderful examples of the value of our work there and benefit to the community through their testimonials.



September 9, 2013...

Nestle Professional hosts the first International Hospitality Seminar 

The first International Hospitality Seminar for Africa and Asia hosted by Limmat Foundation is on-going this week. Nestlé Pro Gastronomia supported by the nutrition expertise of Nestlé Professional has partnered with the Limmat Foundation to organize this seminar and host participants from Hospitality Institutes from across Africa, Philippines and India.

The seminar runs from 9th to 13th September and is being held at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the workshop is Nutrition and Leadership in the Hospitality Industry. It is a unique seminar for Nestlé Pro Gastronomia and Nestlé Professional to impart knowledge on nutrition management and for the participants to network and share ideas and best practices in nutrition and leadership. 


August 20, 2013...


The MILO® Kids Festival took place on Saturday, August 10th 2013 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi with attendance of over 40,000 children and parents.

 “Develop Champion Kids” was the theme for the MILO® Kids Festival and this was echoed in various activities and performances throughout the day including interactions with various comedians and musical artists. 

Nestlé Kenya, through its MILO® brand partnered with Laugh Industry and the Nation Media Group to host the MILO® Kids Festival. The partnership is in line with the MILO® brand’s commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition and an energetic lifestyle. Nestle Kenya’s partnership with the Laugh Industry began this year when a previous Kids Festival Kenya was held in April. The August event was the 2nd festival with the last one to be held in December.


June 13, 2013...


Nestlé through our MILOÒ brand announced our sponsorship for thisyear’s Kenya Primary Schools Ball games to the tune of KShs. 5 million.

The partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Kenya Primary School Sports Association was announced at a Press Briefing at the Norfolk Hotel on 13th June 2013.   In attendance were reporters from all the major media stations.

The Chief Guest from the Ministry of Education was the Education Secretary, Mr Enos Oyaya.  Among the other guests from the Ministry were Mr Mohammed Mwinyipembe and Mr KimathiInoti, Director and Deputy Director of Quality Assurance and Standards respectively.

Speaking at the launch, Svetlana Obruchkova, Nestlé Kenya Managing Director said the MILOÒ sponsorship would go a long way towards the development of sport at the primary level, adding that our partnership underscored the brand’s commitment to sports that teach positive values, shaping our children to be the well-grounded adults of the future.

The Chief Guest, Mr Oyaya praised Nestlé for the support given to the Ministry of Education since 2009, saying that exposure of students to co-curricular activities provided them the opportunity to experience the full curriculum as required by the Ministry of Education.

The Primary School games which earlier kicked off at the district level was staged regionally and  took place in Bungoma this month from 19th to 21st June 2013.  The games will brought together a total of 1400 boys and girls from across the 47 countries.  The games was covered on print and electronic media.

MILOÒ supports the ball games through providing trophies, medals, certificates, t-shirts,sports kits for the players, track suits for the game officials, and sampling of product.

Apart from the local sports sponsorship, Nestlé has alsosponsored the MILOÒAfrican Primary Schools Championships, including the 2010 edition held in SouthAfrica and the 2012 edition held in Ghana. For both editions, winning teams from Kenya participated in theChampionships.

Going forward, our partnership with the Ministry of Health will focus on support for the sport of football.



 April 27, 2013....


MILO supports the ball games through providing trophies,medals, certificates, t-shirts, sports kits for the players, track suits forthe game officials, and sampling of product.

Apart from the local sports sponsorship, Nestlé has alsosponsored the MILO African Primary Schools Championships, including the 2010edition held in South Africa and the 2012 edition held in Ghana. For botheditions, winning teams from Kenya participated in the Championships.

Going forward, our partnership with the Ministry ofHealth will focus on support for the sport of football.

To promote good nutrition and an active lifestyle among children, Nestlé Kenya partnered with “Laugh Industry” a Creative Entertainment Kids Company to provide an educational and fun-filled experience known as the “MILO Kids Festival.

The objective of the Kids Festival by Laugh Industry, now in its 9th edition, is to create a platform to nurture and inspire the creativity of children through sports and other outdoor activities.  The theme for this year’s festival held on 27th April was “Creating Champions Every day” which was very much in line with what MILO stands for.
Through the MILO® brand, Nestlé has for many years partnered with the Ministry of Education to promote good health, nutrition and sports among schoolchildren across Kenya. 

The vision of MILO is to “become the brand that provides children with energy, great taste and nourishment that helps them succeed in life.”
The partnership of MILO with Laugh Industry underscores the brand’s commitment in sporting activities as it teaches positive values that build children and shape the person they will be in the future.

The MILO Kids Festival provided a good platform for the kids to interact with inspirational role models who encouraged and inspired them to be the best they can be”.  In addition to the impressive line-up of entertainers, there were many games and activities such as crazy Olympics, ball games, trampolines, balloon shaping and face painting.

The Festival was held at the Nyayo National Stadium and was a great success, attracting an estimated crowd of 60000 children and their parents.

As the Festival drew to a close, our Country Manager, Svetlana Obruchkova took to the stage where she interacted with the excited audience and cut a giant cake prepared for the kids to enjoy. 

We look forward to having MILO Kids Festival bigger and even better in August 2013.


Nestlé Creating Shared Value Cocktail Event to celebrate the achievements of Africa Sand Dam Foundation

January 18th, 2013:

Nestlé EAR hosted a Creating Shared Value Cocktail event on Friday, January 18th, at the Norfolk Hotel. The cocktail event was organized to celebrate the achievements of the Africa Sand Dam Foundation (ASDF), one of the three winners of the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize awarded in November, 2012, in India. 

The Africa Sand Dam Foundation, based in South East Kenya, works with local communities, organized in self -help groups to address their water and food priorities. The communities build sand dams, which are the most cost effective method of capturing rainwater and can be built anywhere where there are seasonal rivers with sandy sediment. They invest at least 40%of the resources needed to complete the project. Once these dams are built they can provide a year round source of water for both drinking and for irrigation purposes.

During the cocktail event, speeches were made by Ian Donald, the Region Head & Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé Equatorial African Region Ltd (EAR), Joe Kioko, the Communications Manager, Africa Sand Dam Foundation (ASDF) and Eng. Robinson Gaita, representing the Permanent Secretary,Ministry of Water & Irrigation, Dr. David Stower.

L-R: Prof. Ratemo Michieka,University of Nairobi, Ian Donald, Nestlé CEO, Equatorial Africa Region (EAR),Martin Mulongo, US AID Kenya and Ali Mohammed, Permanent Secretary, Ministry ofEnvironment during the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Cocktail Event


Stakeholders during the Nestlé Creating Shared ValueCocktail Event at the Norfolk Hotel to celebrate the achievements of Africa SandDam Foundation

Nestlé Recognizes work on sand dam technology in Kenya with prize money worth over KES 9 million

November 9th, 2012:

Excellent Development and its Kenyan partner African Sand Dam Foundation receive the Nestlé CSV 2012 Awards, which will give a further boost to spreading the technology across water stressed areas in Sub Saharan Africa.


Nestlé S.A announced yesterday the winners of the Creating Shared Value Prize 2012 at the annual Nestle Creating Shared Value Forum held this year in New Delhi, India. The runner up award with a prize money of more than KES 9 million (CHF 100,000) was given to Excellent Development, a UK based not for profit organization and its Kenyan partner, Africa Sand Dam Foundation.


Together, Excellent Development and ASDF work hand in hand to promote sand dams around the world. This Nestle CSV Prize is a recognition of the work done by these two NGOs on pioneering the sand dam technology and the benefits it creates for rural communities. Present at the ceremony to receive the Prize were Simon Maddrell, Executive Director of Excellent Development, Cornelius Kyalo and Andrew Musila from ASDF.


Since 2002, Excellent Development and its partners have supported 3,863 self- help group members from 104 communities in Kenya to build 347 sand dams. Since then, group members have dug 1,344 km of terracing, enabling them to grow more food, and planted more than 830,000 trees. This has directly benefited 23,294 members and their families - impacting 342,500 people across Kenya.


The Africa Sand Dam Foundation, based in South East Kenya, works with local communities, organized in self -help groups to address their water and food priorities. The communities build sand dams, which are the most cost effective method of capturing rainwater and can be built anywhere where there are seasonal rivers with sandy sediment. They invest at least 40% of the resources needed to complete the project. Once these dams are built they can provide a year round source of water for both drinking and for irrigation purposes.


Every two years, innovative schemes related to nutrition, water and rural development are short listed for the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize. This year, Nestle has selected one winner and two runners up to share the total prize money of CHF 500,000 (KES 45 million).


The CSV Prize highlights examples of Creating Shared Value in which the funding award helps innovative and commercially viable initiatives to scale up and achieve financial sustainability. Building on Nestlé’s foundations of compliance and sustainability, CSV is the company's approach to doing business. It aims to create value for the company's shareholders at the same time as for the communities in which it operates.


The Prize is open to individuals, governmental and non-governmental organizations, academia and social enterprises. This year, more than 600 applications from 76 countries were received. The Board selected an overall winner and two runners up.


The winner of the first prize was Fundacion Paraguaya de Cooperation y Desarrollo, Paraguay and the other runner up was Arcenciel, from Lebanon, who received CHF 300,000 (KES 27 million) and CHF 100,000 (KES 9million).