Meet Nisa Burns
Nisa Burns is the Chef of a New Generation.
An author, speaker and Internet sensation, Nisa’s venture into the culinary world started in true Gen Y fashion: virally. Sharing recipes in social media circles, Nisa’s spunky, but commonsense approach to food soon earned her fans on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube nationwide.
But before hitting the Internet, Nisa discovered a passion for cooking in childhood, mixing contents of her grandmother’s pantry into sometimes delicious, sometimes “interesting” creations. In her teen years, Nisa’s kitchen became a place of solace as well as a creative outlet.
Today, Nisa is a culinary graduate of the Art Institute of Virginia Beach, and the CEO of Kitchenability, Inc., a company she founded to give students the confidence and skills to make easy, healthy, and delicious food suited to their lifestyles.
What is Kitchenability? In Nisa’s words, it’s the act of “becoming best friends with your kitchen in order to feed yourself for life.”
Her first cookbook Kitchenability 101: The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Food (On sale October 2012), introduces the concept and passes on more than 65healthy, easy-to-whip-up dishes for budget-minded high school and college students. Her carefully curated no-nonsense recipe collection is anything but complicated; it offers personal and practical advice to help students increase their Kitchenability anywhere.
“I’m not here to give you gourmet recipes or to blab on about herbs, spices, and other ingredients you’ve never heard of,” says Nisa. “Instead, I offer personal and practical advice so that you can increase your Kitchenability, wherever you may be.”
Students starting out on their own Kitchenability journeys relate to Nisa, a recent grad herself. Her warmth, sincerity, and charisma make her a trusted chef of the next generation.
“I want this book to be a fun and helpful tool through your college journey,” she says. “I want you to see your Kitchenability as a limitless voyage toward adventure, exploration, independence, and goodhealth.”
Nisa shares her food philosophy with college and university audiences across the country, and also on YouTube. With her help, they discover the satisfaction in cooking for themselves and their friends—all on a shoestring budget. Nisa lives in Virginia Beach.
“Writing and cooking is an art, and Nisa has mastered it quite nicely with her common sense approach to the Kitchen!” —Chef Roy Handler, Haute Mess Catering, Los Angeles