Chef Pierre Thiam was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal. And he has risen to culinary heights over the years. Thiam is widely known for bringing West African cuisine to the global culinary world. He is the Executive Chef of Nok by Alara, an award-winning restaurant in Lagos, Nigeria as well as being the Signature Chef of the five-star Pullman Hotel in Dakar, Senegal. He is also the executive chef and co-owns Teranga, a New York City based food chain.
Thiam’s company, Yolélé Foods advocates for smallholder farmers in the Sahel by opening new markets for crops grown in Africa; its signature product, Yolélé Fonio, can be found in Whole Foods, Amazon, and other top retailers across America. He also has written two cookbooks, “Yolélé! Recipes From the Heart of Senegal and Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl.” These cookbooks were finalists for several awards including the Julia Child Cookbook Award, the Gourmand Award in Paris, and the James Beard Award for Best International Cookbook.
Thiam has prepared food for the King of Morocco, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. With his advocacy and online presence, he was able to earn the spot of a culinary ambassador, dedicated to promoting West African cooking throughout the world. Thiam currently sits on the board of directors of Culinary Institute of America’s African Cuisines Advisory Board, CorpsAfrica and IDEO.org.
Siba Mtongana, a South African celebrity chef, was born 10 December, 1984. Mtongana was raised in the township of Mdantsane near East London, South Africa. She gained popularity from her food network show, “Siba’s Table”.
Here, she showcased her talents and shared her exquisite recipes of African cuisine. Mtongana is definitely a force to be reckoned with. She is currently a judge on Chopped South Africa, alongside Jenny Morris and David van Staden.
Whether you enjoy seafood, meat or even vegan style cooking, you can find all that as you travel across Africa. So come over and take your taste buds on an adventure.