In What Neighborhood Should Teranga’s Marie-Claude Mendy Open a New Restaurant?

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Last month, we hailed Marie-Claude Mendy’s victory on Chopped. Now, more good news: It seems the jovial chef/owner at the South End’s jewel-like Senegalese nook, Teranga, wants to expand her reach as her post-show popularity increases.

Today she tells the Globe that, in the wake of her big TV victory, she really wants to do more to put African food on the map here in Boston and that her once quiet restaurant has seen a wave of fresh customers since the win.

“[With Teranga], I just gave one version and [Senegalese] is the one version that I gave. And it’s not, like, everything, because I wanted to give a slow introduction to the American audience. But I intend to hopefully open a few more units with different concepts … still African food, but different regions of Africa or the Caribbean.”

This sounds like great news to us. Where do you think she should open a new venture? (Oh, and for those doubters out there: She insists that people who shy away from Senegalese cuisine are “missing out.” Ahem: “I have yet to have someone who has tried the food and who did not like it.”)

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Earlier: Teranga’s A Winner on Chopped