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Senegalese Chef Serves Up African Street Food in Oakland | Dishes of the Diaspora

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Series Producer: Anthonia Onyejekwe Associate Producer: Cecilia Phillips Engagement Producer: Maya Wise  | Feb. 3, 2021 

Originally from Senegal, Oumar Diouf discovered the tastes of home during his travels in Brazil. When an injury ended his career as a soccer player, he set out on a culinary journey to understand the history and communion of these two cultures. Today, he celebrates Senegalese and Afro-Latino fusion with the vibrant food he serves at his Oakland restaurant and food truck, The Damel.  

About Dishes of the Diaspora: African Food Across the Bay Area Dishes of the Diaspora is a pilot series from KQED featuring African restaurants around the Bay Area. Restaurant owners invite us into their kitchens to share personal experiences, signature dishes, and fresh takes on comfort food. Viewers also get a first-hand look at how restaurants persevere through the unprecedented hardships brought on by the pandemic. These stories explore the vulnerability of opening a restaurant as an immigrant and the risks and rewards of introducing unique flavors into a Western community. 

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