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Norman-dessertNORMAN’S showcases the menu of legendary Chef, Norman Van Aken. Chef Norman is known internationally as “the founding father of New World Cuisine”. His cuisine is a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavors. Chef Norman is the only Floridian to be inducted into the prestigious “James Beard list of ‘Who’s Who”.

“If a map of the world were a tablecloth, and I could choose a place at that table, I would sit at the southern tip of Florida, at the nexus of North America and the Caribbean. My plate would touch Cuba, the Florida Keys, the Yucatan, the West Indies, the Bahamas, and South America.  And, if time could tell, I would listen to the tales of voyagers, discoverers, traders and mystics who, in searching for “the Indies”, the Great Khan and the riches of China, discovered something much more valuable and enduring; a New World of Culinary Treasures. Almost instantly, the cuisines of the Old World began to merge with foods of this New World; this evolutionary and inexorable fusion lies at the heart of New World Cuisine.” “Flavors from all four corners of the world…greet you at our doors.”

~Norman Van Aken