THE RITZ-CARLTON ORLANDO, GRANDE LAKES

4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32837 U.S.A.
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NORMAN'S: Culinary Team

  Chef Norman Van Aken

Chef Norman Van Aken



Chef Norman Van Aken
Legendary chef Norman Van Aken is known internationally as “the founding father of New World Cuisine”; a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavors.

He is the only Floridian inducted into the prestigious “James Beard list of ‘Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America”. He is the winner of the James Beard Award, ‘Best Chef in the Southeast’. The New York Times deemed “Norman’s”, “the Best Restaurant in Florida and Norman Van Aken its best Chef”. The Beard Foundation nominated “Norman’s” as “The Best Restaurant in America. He has been hailed as a “culinary genius” by Johnson and Wales University and given an honorary doctorate.

In 2006 he was honored as one of the “Founders of the New American Cuisine,” alongside Alice Waters, Paul Prudhomme, and Mark Miller at Spain’s ‘Madrid Fusion’ event.

He oversees his acclaimed restaurant; “Norman’s” at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, Orlando, rated “Orlando’s Best” by Zagat.

Norman Van Aken has published four books: Feast of Sunlight 1988, The Exotic Fruit Book 1995, Norman’s New World Cuisine 1997, and New World Kitchen 2003.

The next project is “Norman’s 180” due to open in Summer 2010 in Coral Gables, Florida.
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