Normans at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando

2014-2017 Awards & Accolades

AAA 4 Diamond Award Winning Restaurant 2004-2017

Golden Spoon Award 2014, 2016

Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award 2015

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2011-2015

Wine Spectator “Best Award of Excellence” 2016, 2017

The Daily Meal Award “Top 101 Best Restaurants in America” 2015-2017

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

Open Table Diners’ Choice Winner 2009-2017

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

Chef Norman Van Aken Receives Inaugural Torch Award at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show 2015

Orlando Sentinel “Culinary Hall of Fame” 2015

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

Zagat 2016 “Orlando’s Best Restaurants”

Top 5 “Orlando’s Best Hotel Restaurants” by Zagat 2016

USA Today, 10 best – Norman’s Orlando

Gayot Top 10 Best Orlando Restaurants 2016

Orlando.Com by “Orlando’s top fine dining restaurant” 2016

High Society Tours of Orlando “Simply put, there’s no finer dining experience in all of Orlando”

Best Places in “Understated elegance takes a backseat to what’s on your plate.”

Popular Bloggers by The Primlani Kitchen “The service at Norman’s is incontestably one of the finest I have had the pleasure of experiencing”

One More Bite “Stellar in terms of innovating food and outstanding service.”

Kates Kitchen “There are somethings that words cannot describe…Norman’s was one of the best meals I have ever had in Orlando.”

Cool Food Dude “Van Aken puts his heart, soul, and natural talent, and ever-expanding experience into Norman’s” – Check in Then Dine In: 5 Fine Dining Hotel Restaurants in Orlando, #2 Norman’s @ Ritz Carlton Orlando – #12 Famous Chefs in Florida: Some of the Best Chefs Restaurants in Florida. #4 Norman Van Aken (Norman’s at The Ritz Carlton Orlando)

Delta Sky Miles Magazine – Orlando Where to Stay: Ritz Carlton, Foodie Recommendation – Norman’s 2015

The Smithsonian – Why we have Norman Van Aken to thank for the way we dine out today.

Florida Travel + – Best places to eat in Florida/Gourmet Dining/Norman’s Orlando


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