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Punk Rock HR

Oct 26, 2020

Punk Rock HR Episode 132:

My guest today is Pierre Thiam. He was raised in Senegal, but he is a New York-based chef, author, restauranteur, social entrepreneur, and culinary ambassador. Pierre is best known for bringing West African cuisine to the global fine-dining world. He is also the Executive Chef and co-owner of Teranga, a fast-casual food chain from New York City.

Pierre’s company, Yolele Foods, advocates for small farmers by opening up new markets for crops grown in Africa. Its signature product, fonio, is found at Whole Foods, Amazon, and other retailers across America. 

Chef Pierre is on my show because I think he has an interesting perspective on COVID and what’s happening to small businesses, but also the climate crisis and, more importantly, leadership. We have an awesome conversation that highlights how an immigrant who got stuck in New York City can truly get things done. To learn more, sit back and enjoy this conversation with Pierre Thiam.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  1. Pierre’s origin story.
  2. The intense food culture in which he grew up.
  3. How important his life in Senegal was for his career.
  4. What West African flavors and fonio are.
  5. The multifaceted work that he does.
  6. The connection between politics and food in the US.
  7. His message for those who are feeling lost or worried about the current state of the world.

Resources from this episode:

Laurie on Instagram

Laurie on LinkedIn

Read more from Laurie

Work with Laurie

Teranga's website

Learn more about Pierre

Yolele Food's website

Yolele Foods on Instagram

Pierre on Instagram




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