Kizi, also known as Bouffista, is the founder of BOUFFISTA, a West African Food Blogger, Travel Lover and Catering Chef based in the Washington, DC area. By trade, she’s been a Procurement Professional for the past 12 years. She was proudly born and raised in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire, with Sierra Leonean and Congolese origins so you can only imagine how cultivated her culinary senses are.
Her favorite childhood memories are restaurant visits on Sundays after church for Vietnamese food or road trips to Bassam (the beach) for local Ivorian dishes, fresh and grilled seafood. These were experiences that she always looked forward to when Sundays were approached.
Due to political turmoil and instability in Abidjan, Kizi moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in the United States in 2001 with her mother and siblings, where she furthered her education in Business Administration.
Despite her move the United States, she did not lose her Sunday family tradition. Her love for food and discovering various culinary cuisines led to the birth of BOUFFISTA (originally known as CHIC~FOOD~SAVEUR) in 2011, to simply journal her foodie escapades locally and wherever she traveled to. This blog has truly been a source of joy, happiness and moreover of excitement as she shares her escapades with the world.
A few years back, her love for food grew into passion, which led to the creation of Bouffista’s Kitchen, her personal catering service. Bouffista’s Kitchen offers dishes filled with love and a great influence from her childhood in Cote d’Ivoire with the addition of her favorite foods, taking you through a culinary experience that will leave you in awe. She has catered events in the Washington, DC area as well as throughout the United States.