Pierre Thiam is a celebrated NY-based chef, restaurateur,
award-winning cookbook author, and entrepreneur. His
second cookbook, “Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes
from the Source to the Bowl”, was a 2016 James Beard
Chef Thiam was born and raised in Senegal. He is known for his innovative cooking style, at once modern and eclectic yet rooted in the rich culinary traditions of West Africa. In 2017 Chef Thiam launched a social venture, Yolélé Foods, connecting the developed world to fonio, a nutritious ancient grain grown in the Sahel, one of the world’s most vulnerable regions.
Through his many media appearances, including CNN’s popular “Parts Unknown” with Anthony Bourdain, Chef Thiam has become a culinary ambassador dedicated to promoting West African cooking throughout the world.