Travis Kelce often enjoys his best meals courtesy of a close friend turned private chef, Kumar Ferguson, who has been preparing his food since 2016.
Ferguson, reflecting on their enduring friendship, shared in a recent interview with Kansas City magazine how he used to cook for Kelce and their friends during their upbringing. He emphasized that the tradition of gathering around the kitchen table has remained a central part of their dynamic.
Maintaining an open line of communication due to their longstanding bond, Ferguson spoke about Kelce’s professionalism and ability to provide constructive feedback without compromising their brotherly banter.
“Growing up, I would cook for all the bros after we’d be hanging out all day. That kitchen table hangout has always been a center for all of us,” Ferguson told Kansas City magazine in a recent interview. “We have definitely carried that tradition with us.”
“Being brothers is funny because we can throw shots at each other all day, but Travis is incredible when it comes to professionalism and just being on top of taking whatever he’s investing into,” said Ferguson
During the football season, Kelce consumes three meals daily, with practice and game days pushing his calorie intake over 4,000. Among Kelce’s preferred dishes are oatmeal with fresh fruit for breakfast, seafood alfredo for dinner, and a particular fondness for steaks, influenced by his father Ed, a skilled grill master. Ferguson also highlighted tangy Hawaiian heat wings and deep-fried Australian lobster tails as protein-rich favorites.
Actively seeking culinary inspiration, Ferguson mentioned The Upper Cut KC, PeachTree Cafeteria, Anton’s Taproom, and Rye as some of his favorite spots in Kansas City, Missouri.
In October, Kelce’s mother, Donna, shared that Travis and his brother, Jason, had hearty appetites since childhood. She recalled their ability to finish an entire chicken each during high school and reminisced about their college days, including an IHOP trip with “like 18 plates on the table,” featuring steak, pancakes, and other indulgences. Donna highlighted the necessity of replenishing the significant weight loss endured during their football games.