Senegalese-born chef, Pierre Thiam is slowly trying to change the way you think about African food. His restaurant Le Grand Dakar serves a vibrant fusion of African food influenced by cuisine from around the world (like Portuguese, French and Vietnamese) and is easily one of the trendiest spots in Brooklyn. His cookbook Yolele! Recipes from the Heart of Senegal recently received a Jury Award at the Paris Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, which recognizes the world's best cookbooks. Chef Pierre spoke with ESSENCE.com about how to discover this delightful cuisine and shares one of his favorite recipes. Read More: Chef Ron Duprat Gives Healthy Eating TipsChef Jenay Gibson on How to Cater on a DimeChef Marcus Samuelsson's "The New American Table"