Awards & Accolades

NORMAN’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”.

james-beard-logoAAA-4-star OpenTable2015DinersChoice2 Forbes Restaurant Rating Wine Spectator

The James Beard Foundation Nominated “Best Restaurant in America”, 2005.

The New York Times: “NORMAN’S is the best restaurant in South Florida and Norman Van Aken is its best Chef.”

Winner of the James Beard Foundation’s, “Best Chef: Southeast”, 1997.

Named to The James Beard Foundation’s National Advisory Board, 2007.

Gourmet Magazine, “Top 50 Restaurants in America.”

Florida – A Magazine of the Orlando Sentinel: “Best Restaurant Overall, NORMAN’S at The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando.”

The London Observer: “NORMAN’S is one of the temples of American Cuisine.” Food Arts Magazine: National Contributing Authority.

James Beard Foundation First Olympic Culinary Team, Salt Lake City, 2002.

Condé Nast Traveler “Top 10 Restaurants in America.”

Miami Herald: “Whoever said you can’t please all of the people all of the time must not have met Norman Van Aken. He is the King of the Mango Kings!”

South Beach Wine and Food Festival, “American Visionary Award”, 2005.

Winner of the “Ivy Award”, 2001.

The “Robert Mondavi Culinar   Award of Excellence”, 1996.

Food Arts Silver Spook for Lifetime Achievement.

Nations Restaurant News: “Fine Dining Hall of Fame”, 1999.

Winner of “The Five Diamond”, The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, 1997.

Nominee: “Julia Child/IACP, Awards of Excellence, Category”, 1997.

Johnson & Wales University Honorary Doctorate in Culinary Arts, 1993.

AAA 4 diamond • Golden Spoon • Wine Spectator Awar of Excellence, 2016

 

The Daily Meal Award “Top 101 Best Restaurants in America” 2015.

AAA Four-Diamond Award Winning Restaurant 2004-2015.

OpenTable Diners’ Choice Winner 2009-2015.

Participating Chef in the World’s Fair “Expo Milano 2015.”

Chef Norman Van Aken Receives Inaugural Torch Award at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

Orlando Sentinel “Culinary Hall of Fame” 2015.

The Daily Meal Award “Top 101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World” 2013, 2014.

Orlando Life Silver Spoon Award Best Celebrity Chef Book “No Experience Necessary” 2014.

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2011-2014.

Top 25 best chefs in The American South by Best Chef America 2014.

Received honor as one of the “Founders of the New American Cuisine” at Spain’s International Summit of Gastronomy Madrid Fusion with Alice Waters, Paul Prudhomme and Mark Miller, 2006.

Inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who” of Food & Beverage in America, 2003.

The James Beard Foundation Nominated “Best Restaurant in America”, 2005.

The New York Times: “NORMAN’S is the best restaurant in South Florida and Norman Van Aken is its best Chef.”

Winner of the James Beard Foundation’s, “Best Chef: Southeast”, 1997.

Named to The James Beard Foundation’s National Advisory Board, 2007.

Gourmet Magazine, “Top 50 Restaurants in America.”

Florida: A Magazine of the Orlando Sentinel: “Best Restaurant Overall, NORMAN’S at The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando.”

The London Observer: “NORMAN’S is one of the temples of American Cuisine.”

Food Arts Magazine: National Contributing Authority.

James Beard Foundation First Olympic Culinary Team, Salt Lake City, 2002.

Condé Nast Traveler “Top 10 Restaurants in America.”

Miami Herald: “Whoever said you can’t please all of the people all of the time must not have met Norman Van Aken. He is the King of the Mango Kings!”

South Beach Wine and Food Festival, “American Visionary Award”, 2005.

Winner of the “Ivy Award”, 2001.

The “Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence”, 1996.

Food Arts Silver Spoon for Lifetime Achievement.

Nations Restaurant News: “Fine Dining Hall of Fame”, 1999.

5-Star Review on Trip Advisor:
“We were at the hotel for a short staycation and have wanted to dine at Norman’s for a very long time. Lived up to the hype and our expectations. Outstanding food and service. Was concerned the place might be “stuffy” but it was not at all. Wonderfully paced meal. Beautiful ambiance. Loved the digital wine list! If you enjoy Scotch, ask for the Macallan Ice Ball formed table side. Steak made to perfection!!! Sounds funny but the mashed potatoes were perhaps the best ever.”

5-Star Review on Open Table:
“While in Orlando, I wanted to find a unique restaurant and found that Norman’s was highly recommended on Trip Advisor, so I made reservations through Open Table. Everything was spectacular. Upon arrival at the Ritz Carlton we were lead to Norman’s, where our table was ready with a beautiful view of the golf course. Our server, Nick, was very attentive but not hovering as well as the other staff members. The pan-seared scallops were perfect and my husband greatly enjoyed the Cuban pork. The wines are pricey but we found a bottle of Caymus for $49 and it completed the meal. I am sure that every bottle is carefully vetted before making it to their iPad wine menu. Thank you Norman’s for a memorable meal. Give Nick our thanks too.”

5-Star Review on Yelp:
“If you are looking for the perfect spot…Norman’s is the place! Ambiance, exceptional food and a top notch wine list. What more could you ask for? Service…this is an art form at Norman’s. Ask for David as your personal dining concierge! It does not get much better.”

Save

Save

Save

Save