NAME: Ejhadji Cisse
PROFESSION: Chef & Restaurateur
Ejhadji Cisse (AKA Chef Cisse) is a co-owner and Executive chef at Ponty Bistro. Him and Cheikh Cisse his cousin moved to the United States in 1995 from Dakar, Senegal, quickly entering the restaurant business. Since then they have worked for internationally renowned chefs at some of New York’s most high profile restaurants, serving an array of international cuisines.
Chef Cisse served as sous chef for Mercer Kitchen under Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In 2009, Chef Cisse was a finalist on the Food Network show Chopped. He was one of the chefs featured at the New York African Restaurant Week 2017 (where foodies are being taken into the epicurean discovery of rich African foods with the aid of amazing African chefs.)
Chef Cheikh was under Daniel Boulud at the Michelin starred Relais & Châteaux member Daniel and at Vongerichten’s acclaimed Vong.
Ponty Bistro, named after a popular street, fulfills their dream of owning their own restaurant. Founded in 2008 in Gramercy Park, the hot spot serves unique African and French cuisine with Mediterranean influences. In 2010, the duo opened a second location in Harlem.