Pierre Thiam
Excecutive Chef, Nok

Pierre Thiam is a chef, author, and social activist best known for bringing West African cuisine to the global fine-dining world. He is the Executive Chef of the award-winning restaurant Nok by Alara in Lagos, Nigeria and the Signature Chef of the five-star Pullman Hotel in Dakar, Senegal. He is also the executive chef and co-owner of Teranga, a fast-casual food chain from New York City. He is sitting on the board of directors of IDEO.org, SOS Sahel USA, Corps Africa and he is on the Advisory Council of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). His company Yolélé advocates for smallholder farmers in the Sahel by opening new markets for crops grown in Africa; its signature product, Yolélé Fonio, is found in Whole Foods, Amazon, and other retailers across America.

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