On today's episode of All in the Industry®, Shari Bayer has a special “On the Road” show from the Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor conference, which took place November 2-4 at The CIA at Copia in Napa, CA, with the theme 'Africa and the World: Reclaiming the Past, Crafting the Future'. Worlds of Flavor is a 3-day International Conference and Festival that includes culinary demonstrations, presentations, panels, and workshops, plus, its famed world marketplace tastings and live fire and teaching kitchens at its beautiful campus. Today’s show includes two guest interviews from the conference: first, Pierre Thiam, Chef and Owner of Teranga and Yolélé with locations of NY and El Cerrito, CA, who is a celebrated chef, restaurateur, award-winning cookbook author, entrepreneur, and environmental activist. Born and raised in Senegal, Pierre is known for his innovative cooking style; at once modern and eclectic yet rooted in the rich culinary traditions of West Africa. Pierre is the founder of Yolélé, which distributes African food products around the world, including fonio, a climate-friendly and nutritious ancient grain from the Sahel region of West Africa. His critically acclaimed restaurant Teranga, located in Harlem, NY, serves fast-casual West African fare directly sourced from farmers in the region. Pierre is the author of three cookbooks including, The Fonio Cookbook, released in October 2019 and will add a fourth with the release of Simply West African (Penguin Random House; 2023). Shari's second guest is Zoe Adjonyoh, a chef, writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen Ltd. Zoe has been pioneering modern West African food in the form of supper clubs (London, Berlin, New York, Accra, Wales, Russia), her own restaurant in Brixton, pop-ups, street food, and events since 2010. In 2017 she released her debut cookbook Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, which was republished and released nationwide in the US in 2021 and landed her a spot on the New York Times Best Cookbooks of 2021 List. Zoe’s mission has always been to bring the great flavors of West Africa to a wider audience, and her work has been acknowledged through positive press and publicity including being named one of London’s hottest chefs by Time Out and one of “The 44 Best Female Chefs” by Hachette Cuisine France. Today's show also features Shari's PR tip to tell your story; two Speed Round games, and Shari's Solo Dining experience at Chef Christopher Kostow and Martina Kostow's Jew-ish Deli, Loveski, at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa, CA.
Photo Courtesy of Pierre Thiam and Zoe Adjonyoh.
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