The Man Behind the Magic,

Chef Arnold Safari

Chef Safari started his Career at the age of 10 when his late father was a chef at one of Kenya’s top resorts. Chef Safari knew his career path through working with his dad. After high school, his father enrolled him in the first culinary school in Africa, Kenya Utalii College in Nairobi.

Under the wings of his father, Chef Safari joined Kenya’s culinary team and grew his talent into the world arena. In 2004, Chef Safari was among the young talented chefs who represented Kenya in Erfurt, Germany.

During the show case in Germany, Chef Safari was offered a scholarship by the Swedish Culinary Team to attend Umea University of Culinary Arts for four years. Chef Safari completed his internship training in Sweden with world class chefs.

His first Job offer in Sardinia, Italy led him to Melia Hotels in Barcelona. From there he became Corporate Chef at a chain of Hotels in Zanzibar, before beginning work for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line where he was the first African Chef in all of the fleet. Chef Safari then moved to Colorado where he was courted by Telluride’s famous restaurant, Cosmo, though he ultimately chose Durango as home and began work as Chef at the historic Strater Hotel. His philanthropic work includes his dedication as Culinary Instructor at PCC (pueblo community college culinary program), and was Volunteer Chef of the Year 2014 with a local program for youth called Cooking Matters. 

Chef Safari is a family man with five adorable children and a lovely wife, Lucy. They are all engaged in the Durango community, infusing culture and new perspectives into Southern Colorado. Their smiles are as infectious as Chef Safari’s cooking!