Veronique was born in Koumassi, a suburb of Abidjan in Ivory Coast to a large family of five daughters and two brothers. As a young girl, she loved cooking with her mother, who brought together all of the children in the neighborhood to come and eat at their home. Veronique left the Ivory Coast as a teenager because of the country's First Civil War and moved to Togo, where her family opened up a restaurant by the beach where they prepared grilled fish, and freshly fried plantains. It was during this time that she developed her delicious croquettes. Veronique and her family came to America after eight years in Togo and she's so excited to share her African dishes with the DC community. Ivorians are masters of creativity, and she is thrilled to finally be making her dream of becoming a chef come true.