Norman Van Aken
He is the only Floridian inducted into the prestigious James Beard list of “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage.” His restaurant “NORMAN’S” was nominated as a finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Restaurant in America”. He has been a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for “Best Chef in America”.
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 International Summit of Gastronomy ‘Madrid Fusión’ event.
Norman Van Aken has published five cookbooks: Feast of Sunlight 1988, The Exotic Fruit Book 1995, NORMAN’S New World Cuisine 1997, New World Kitchen 2003 and My Key West Kitchen 2012, (with Justin Van Aken).
His radio show, “A Word on Food” appears twice a week on NPR station WLRN
He has appeared on Television from CNN to Emeril to Jimmy Kimmel Live.
He is the Chef and Founder of “NORMAN’S at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, Orlando”.
“Norman Van Aken is the Walt Whitman of American Cuisine” — Charlie Trotter