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NORMAN'S: Culinary Team

  Chef Norman Van Aken

Chef Norman Van Aken



Chef Norman Van Aken
Norman Van Aken has been described as ‘legendary, visionary and a trailblazer’ as well as ‘the culinary Titan of Florida’. He is “the founding father of New World Cuisine,” a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavors. He is also known internationally for introducing the concept of “Fusion” to the culinary world.

He is an internationally acclaimed author. His newest book is a memoir titled, “No Expe-rience Necessary… The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken”, (Taylor Trade Publishing). The book has been praised by many including Thomas Keller, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Jeremiah Tower, Wolfgang Puck and the late, great Charlie Trotter. The book was also nominated for the prestigious IACP/Julia Child Award.

He is the only Floridian inducted into the prestigious James Beard list of “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage.” His restaurant “NORMAN’S” was nominated as a fi-nalist for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Restaurant in America”. He has been a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for “Best Chef in America”.

In 2006, he was honored as one of the “Founders of the New American Cuisine,” along-side Alice Waters, Paul Prudhomme, and Mark Miller at Spain’s International Summit of Gastronomy ‘Madrid Fusión’ event. In 2014 Chef Van Aken was presented the AIG Grand Prix Gastronomic Culture Prize to Norman Van Aken. He was the first Ameri-can to receive the honor. René Redzepi of Noma restaurant in Copenhagen won in his country.

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