Pierre Thiam

Chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author, Pierre Thiam was raised in Dakar, Senegal, a bustling and diverse metropolis on the west coast of Africa. Thiam moved to New York in the late 1980s where he worked in a number of restaurants. In 2001 he opened his first restaurant, Yolele, a visionary African bistro in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. His second outlet—Le Grand-Dakar—followed, in neighboring Clinton Hill. It quickly became a culinary and cultural locus for Africans from the continent and the Diaspora. He currently owns Pierre Thiam Catering, which introduces a diverse, savvy New York clientele to contemporary interpretations of ethnic flavors; he also serves as consulting chef for a number of restaurants in the City and beyond. 

Pierre has appeared on several TV and radio programs, including the Food Network’s Iron Chef, Gourmet Getaways, Sara’s Secrets, ABC’s Eyewitness News, NBC’s TODAY, and NPR’s Splendid Table. He has also been profiled on CNN’s Inside Africa. He lives in New York.

Diana Kuan