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Published on December 1st, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Chef Alexander Smalls On “Alkebulan” At Expo 2020 Dubai, New York, Future Plans & More

Chef Alexander Smalls is the visionary behind the award-winning restaurant The Cecil and its sister restaurant Minton’s. A culinary activist and a former opera singer, Chef Smalls is a participant within Expo 2020 Dubai, which opened in October 2021 and lasts through March 2022. Expo 2020 Dubai has more than 190 countries represented through 200 food and beverage outlets, as featuring rising and celebrity culinary talent. A big focus of the Expo itself is on Chef Smalls’ African food hall Alkebulan — the original name of Africa — which is reportedly the world’s first African dining hall.

Beyond Chef Smalls, there are a lot of notable U.S. Chefs participating in this Expo, including Geoffrey Zakarian, Kwame Onwuachi, Carla Hall, and David Myers. In turn, visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai are invited to enjoy a world of cuisine where taste knows no borders. Promising to be “the most inclusive World Expo ever,” Expo 2020 Dubai brings cuisines to suit every palate and budget, from old classics to new innovations, street bites and gourmet delights, presenting flavours and experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime. Per Marjan Faraidooni, Chief Visitor Experience Officer of Expo 2020: “It’s universally agreed that one of the best ways to discover a country is by sampling its cuisine, and at Expo 2020, visitors are able to eat their way around the world without leaving the UAE.”

On November 22, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Chef Alexander Smalls via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond Expo 2020 Dubai, we spoke about Dubai as a whole, New York City, future career plans, and television. More Chef Smalls can be found by clicking here, here and here.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."


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