Chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Pierre Thiam was raised in Dakar, Senegal. He previously operated two restaurants in Brooklyn, NY, Yolélé and Le Grand Dakar, visionary African bistros that became cultural centers for Africans from the continent and the diaspora.
He is the author of Yolele!, the first Senegalese cookbook published in the English language, and the more recently published Senegal, a James Beard Award finalist. He is the executive chef at the celebrated Nok by Alara in Lagos, Nigeria. He currently resides in Brooklyn.