Norman Van Aken


Norman Van Aken is known for introducing "Fusion" into the lexicon of modern cookery. He is "the founding father of New World Cuisine". His memoir, "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'. 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). His next book is under contract with The University of Florida Press and is titled, "My Florida Kitchen".

He is the Chef-Owner of NORMAN’S at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, Orlando. His NPR radio show "A Word on Food" is on WLRN Miami. He and partner Candace Walsh will soon open their Miami based cooking school, "In the Kitchen with Norman Van Aken" which will additionally offer "culinary tourism", private cocktail and dinner parties and more. His newest restaurant project is to open in Mt. Dora, Florida early in the year. It is named, "1921 by Norman Van Aken" and is affiliated with the award winning "Modernism Museum" across the street.

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