HRN Hall of Fame: Pierre Thiam
Nominated by: A Taste of the Past
Pierre Thiam is the most widely recognized authority on African food in the United States. Born and raised in Senegal, Pierre came to the U.S.A. to attend college, but pursued a career in the restaurant industry instead, working his way up from busboy to chef. He has opened of two of his own restaurants in New York City and has written two critically acclaimed cookbooks, Yolélé! Recipes from the Heart of Senegal and Senegal. He is also the co-founder of Yolélé Foods, a company that specializes in African superfoods, and promotes the super-grain Fonio to help transform societies in Africa.
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