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Van Aken

Norman Van Aken is known internationally for introducing “fusion” into the lexicon of modern cookery and considered to be the founding father of New World Cuisine. He is the only Floridian chef inducted into the prestigious James Beard list of “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage.” Van Aken is a James Beard semi-finalist for “Best Chef in America” and his namesake restaurant NORMAN’S, was nominated as a finalist for “Best Restaurant in America.”

He has penned six cookbooks and a memoir, “No Experience Necessary,” which was nominated for the IACP/Julia Child Award.... READ MORE

Norman Van Aken is known internationally for introducing “fusion” into the lexicon of modern cookery and considered to be the founding father of New World Cuisine. He is the only Floridian chef inducted into the prestigious James Beard list of “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage.” Van Aken is a James Beard semi-finalist for “Best Chef in America” and his namesake restaurant NORMAN’S, was nominated as a finalist for “Best Restaurant in America.”

He has penned six cookbooks and a memoir, “No Experience Necessary,” which was nominated for the IACP/Julia Child Award. His new book, “Norman Van Aken’s Florida Kitchen” is published by University Press of Florida and was awarded a gold medal in the 2017 Florida Book Awards.

In 2016, he opened “1921 by Norman Van Aken” in Mount Dora, Florida and has recently partnered with Candace Walsh and Susan Buckley to open Three and its joining rooftop bar and lounge, No. 3 Social. In June of 2018, Van Aken, along with Walsh, launched In the Kitchen With Norman Van Aken, a cooking school located in the Wynwood Arcade. He is also the Founder of NORMAN’S at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, Orlando, now celebrating its fifteenth year in business.

Van Aken has appeared on television from CNN’s “Parts Unknown” with Anthony Bourdain to “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” He hosts of “A Word on Food” a radio show on NPR, airing locally on WLRN.

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