Alexander is an iconic determine in American cooking and a James Beard Award-winning creator, chef, and restaurateur. He has owned a number of celebrated Harlem eateries, together with the reopened Minton’s Playhouse; The Cecil, which was Esquire Journal’s “Greatest New Restaurant in America” in 2014; and the acclaimed Café Beulah, which was New York Metropolis’s first fine-dining African American restaurant. Smalls was named one in every of NYC Restaurant Energy Gamers by Zagat. He’s the creator of three critically acclaimed cookbooks, and his most up-to-date guide, Meals, Music, and Muses, was named one of many High 5 Life-style Books 2020 by Writer’s Weekly. Smalls can be a world-renowned opera singer and the winner of a Grammy and a Tony Award.