HRN Hall of Fame: Pierre Thiam

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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.

Appearances on HRN:

A Taste Of The Past: Pierre Thiam On Fonio: History And Future Of The African Supergrain
Food Without Borders: Chef Pierre Thiam
The Food Seen: Senegal With Pierre Thiam
Cooking Issues: Senegalese Cuisine & Salami