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The Public Life of the Kardashians’ Private Chef


On the penultimate episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” Kim Kardashian walked into a rental mansion on Lake Tahoe.

“Did I not say no to these cookies?” she snapped, gesturing toward an artfully arranged display of homemade animal cookies. “Like, they have to be taken away. I gained 15 pounds!”

“Like, this is a joke,” she said, picking up the tiered serving tray. “I’m going to throw them in the toilet.”

Ms. Kardashian’s younger sister Kendall Jenner moved to stop her. “OK, well then control yourself, Kim, because I like them!” she yelled.

The provenance of these all-too-tempting cookies was not discussed on the show. Their creator, Khristianne Uy, was hiding off-camera in the kitchen. The private chef, who prefers the moniker Chef K, spent years working on the margins of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” as well as the family’s latest reality program on Hulu, “The Kardashians.” But now, she is stepping into the frame — on TikTok.

In a little over two months, Chef K, 40, has racked up over 100,000 followers on the platform, sharing the meals — and cookies — she makes for her famous clients, which she says have included Charlize Theron, James Cameron, Ryan Seacrest, Sean Combs and Charlie Sheen.

In June, Chef K was catering a birthday trip for a client when he pulled her into one of his social media videos. “At the end of the last dinner he goes, ‘Chef, do a TikTok with me!’” she said on a Zoom call from her own spare white kitchen in Los Angeles. “I know this is going to sound horrible, but I was like, ‘What’s TikTok?’”

Since then, Chef K, who has short, dark hair and a constellation of tattoos on her neck and arms, has been uploading her own “day in the life” style videos. One of her first posts, a behind-the-scenes video of her making Chinese chicken salads, taco bowls and chocolate chip cookies for Kylie Jenner at her Kylie Cosmetics office, has more than eight million views.

She also shared a clip of Ms. Kardashian’s on-camera animal-cookie freak-out with the caption “When you accidentally make Kim K gain 15 pounds.”

Ms. Kardashian apologized for that, by the way. “She was so kind, I wish they would have aired it,” Chef K said. At the end of the trip, she recalled that Ms. Kardashian walked up to her and said, “Chef, I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to say that about your cookies — they’re great. They’re really good, I just have no self-control.” All was forgiven.

As she manages her own rising profile, Chef K is still dealing with the daily demands of her high-profile clientele. When we spoke, she had just worked a 19-hour day catering a 1950s-diner-themed 21st birthday party for Dr. Dre’s daughter Truly Young, as well as another private event. And she said she was…



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