Serigne Mbaye, a 23-year-old senior line cook at Commander’s Palace, is from New York City. When he was 5 years old, he was sent to a boarding school in Senegal, where his parents were born. He didn’t return to the United States until he was 14. In that time, he only saw his mother six times and his father twice.
When Mbaye returned to America, first he had to learn English. Then he learned to cook. He worked everywhere in New York, from fine dining restaurant to Applebee’s. He eventually attended the New England Culinary Institute, where he graduated at the top of his class.
Serigne host Pop Up Dinners on his days off, which allowing Serigne to share his connection between Senegalese Cuisine and Creole Cuisine.
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