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Meet Chef Oumar Diouf

Chef Oumar has been working for over 10 years in the restaurant and catering business. He only uses the best local ingredients to create a fusion between traditional culinary and global cooking.

In his journey after culinary school, Oumar has lead many different teams in several restaurants in Argentina, Brazil, and the United States. Those restaurants ranged from casual dining to luxury fine dining.

Diversity is what makes his his concept and cuisine stand out.

During the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Oumar proudly lead a kitchen team in charge of cooking for five Houses: the NBA House, Australian Olympic Center, New Balance's House, Casa Cartan and Casa Time Brazil. The daily number of guests to serve exceeded five thousand people.

As a successful Chef, Oumar takes the initiative to do whatever it takes to reach the goal of making customers happy with an immersive dining experience.


What Does Damel Mean?

The word “Damel” comes from the Wolof kingdom of Cajor in what is now northwest Senegal, West Africa. It is a Wolof title meaning ruler (or king) & they were known to be strong & courageous leaders. 

The most well known Damel is Lat Dior Diop (1842–1886) who died in battle during the final French drive to capture his territory, which was one of the strongest areas of resistance. Lat Dior is a Senegalese national hero. 

Chef Oumar Diouf was born & raised in Senegal, in the same area as the historic kingdom of Cajor. The Damel restaurant was named to honor the birthpalace of Chef Oumar. The Damel aims to be a leader when it comes to quality cuisine at an affordable price.