Born and raised in Dakar, Pierre Thiam is the executive chef of Nok by Alara in Lagos and the owner of Pierre Thiam catering in New York. He is a also a James Beard award-nominated cookbook author, an ambassador for the culinary traditions of Africa and an advocate for responsible tourism. On today’s episode, Pierre tells the remarkable story of his journey from busboy to chef and restauranteur in New York City and speaks about his commitment to fonio, an ancient grain indigenous to Senegal that Pierre is working to cultivate and export.

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