Pierre Thiam was born in Dakar, Senegal. He was raised in this most cosmopolitan of African cities and in Senegal’s southernmost coastal province, Casamance. In Dakar, he enjoyed Senegalese, French, Vietnamese, and Moroccan cuisines routinely, while in Casamance he was treated to age-old indigenous flavors and foods influenced by Portuguese colonists. Pierre came to the States in the late 80s and devoted himself to exploring the city’s many ethnic cuisines. He went from garde-manger to chef de cuisine at Jean-Claude and Boom in Soho, and on to Bang, in South Beach, Miami. He designed innovative, eclectic African menus at Zanzibar and Two Rooms on the Upper East Side, and launched two kosher restaurants in Brooklyn, one serving Vietnamese fare. Presently, Pierre is the chef and owner of Le Grand-Dakar (opened in 2004) in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, which specializes in West African cuisine, and has become a home-away-from-home to many African artists and musicians.Back to all authorsBack to top of page
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Restaurateur and Senegalese native Pierre Thiam brings the once little-known cuisine of Senegal to a wider audience, introducing us to a cuisine that is at once familiar and exotic, down-home and elegant.