Christian Buffa is a Marseillais of Italian and Corsican origins. He spends his youth close to the Vieux-Port : the Moulins day-care center, the Evêché primary school, the Montée des Accoules. Then crosses the Cannebière and gets his high-school baccalauréat C at Lycée Thiers. He pursues his studies, with a prepa HEC in Luminy then a DUT in Business and Administration Management at St Jérôme.
His career is closely linked to the family history, that of his great grand-parents. Planning on settling in the US, they got to Marseille and decided on staying there. His great grand-mother was a fishmonger, rue de la Dars (today rue Francis Davso, 1st district) while her husband, a butcher, of a butchers’family.
Pursuing his studies, Christian enrols in the Paul Bocuse Institute, Ecole Hôtelière in Ecully (Rhône). This will be a fascinating experience. Working extras help pay for studies and living ; he also works with his father in the family butcher shop, as well as in various restaurants in the area. His studies lead him to joining in Paul Bocuse’s own team. Before standing on his own feet, he spends 5 years at Moulin de Mougins, with Roger Vergé, and then as chef at «L’Amandier». Cooking has remained an everlasting passion, as well as the family tradition. Today, Christian carries on this tradition.