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Pierre Thiam

Pierre Thiam

Keynote Speaker: Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Teranga; Sustainable Agriculture Thought Leader & Cookbook Author of "Simply West African"

Pierre Thiam Biography

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 5-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. His company Yolele Foods advocates for smallholder farmers in the Sahel by opening new markets for crops grown in Africa; its signature product, Yolele Fonio, is found in Whole Foods, Amazon, and other retailers across America.

Born and raised in Dakar, Senegal, Thiam’s cooking style is at once modern and eclectic, rooted in the rich culinary traditions of West Africa. His new cookbook, "Simply West African: Easy and Joyful Recipes for Every Kitchen" (Clarkson Potter), was published in October 2023. His first three cookbooks, "Yolele! Recipes From the Heart of Senegal," "Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl" and "The Fonio Cookbook, an Ancient Grain Rediscovered" 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 cooked for the King of Morocco, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Through his advocacy and many media appearances, he has become known as a culinary ambassador, dedicated to promoting West African cooking throughout the world. His TEDTalk, given at TEDGlobal 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania, has been viewed over one million times. Thiam sits on the board of directors of IDEO.org, SOS Sahel, Corps Africa and New York Common Pantry (NYCP). Pierre lives with partner Lisa Katayama, their two daughters Naia and Marie Aissé, and their dog Malcolm.

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Pierre Thiam Speaking Topics

Africa, climate change, sustainable agriculture, food, human rights, civil rights, race, culture

Pierre Thiam Videos

Andy Learns How to Cook Senegalese Food | Bon Appétit
A forgotten ancient grain that could help Africa prosper | Pierre Thiam
Pierre: Senegal to Brooklyn

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What topics does Pierre Thiam speak about?

Pierre Thiam is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Climate Change, Environment, Sustainability, Celebrity Chef, Food & Beverage, Agriculture, Social Activism, Civil Rights, Diversity, Green, Culture, Authors, Nutrition, Health, Lifestyle and Fitness.

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Pierre Thiam generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Pierre Thiam is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Climate Change, Environment and Sustainability. The estimated speaking fee range to book Pierre Thiam for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Pierre Thiam generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Alice Waters, Art Smith and Raj Patel. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Pierre Thiam for an upcoming event.

Pierre Thiam Speaking Topics

  • Africa, climate change, sustainable agriculture, food, human rights, civil rights, race, culture

Pierre Thiam Videos

Andy Learns How to Cook Senegalese Food | Bon Appétit
A forgotten ancient grain that could help Africa prosper | Pierre Thiam
Pierre: Senegal to Brooklyn
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