Norman Van Aken

Norman Van Aken is known as the founding father of New World Cuisine. He introduced “Fusion” into the lexicon of modern cookery. His memoir, titled "No Experience Necessary" has been hailed by Tony Bourdain, Thomas Keller, Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali, and many more. He is a multiple James Beard Award Recipient and the only Floridian inducted into The James Beard's: ‘Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America'. In 2006 he was honored as one of the ‘Founders of the New American Cuisine’, alongside Alice Waters, Paul Prudhomme, and Mark Miller in Madrid. He's authored five cookbooks including, "My Key West Kitchen" (written with his son, Justin). He is the Chef-Founder of NORMAN’S at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes Orlando. His NPR radio show "A Word on Food" is on WLRN. He is a Co-Founder of the newly formed VRZ Hospitality Group.