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. "Considered South Florida's most gifted chef & NORMAN'S its finest restaurant" - The New York Times

World renowned chef and culinary genius Norman Van Aken is owner of the award-winning restaurant NORMAN'S located in the historic Coral Gables section of Miami.

Norman Van Aken is the "Father of New World Cuisine" and for his lifelong contributions to the culture of his region was selected by The St. Petersburg Times as "one of the 25 people who mattered the most in Florida's history." He is one of the only chefs in America to have won "The James Beard Award," "The Robert Mondavi Award," and "The Food Arts Silver Spoon."

NORMANíS, acclaimed by the likes of Gourmet, The James Beard Foundation, and many other culinary sources, is the home base for his New World Cuisine. It is labeled by The New York Times as "South Florida's finest." Condé Nast called it one of "The Top Ten Restaurants in the United States."

Chef Van Aken is the author of three cookbooks including the Julia Child/IACP nominated Random House cookbook, Normanís New World Cuisine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Charlie Trotterís cookbooks, Australian Vogue, and many more. He has appeared on CNN, "Good Morning America," "CBS This Morning," "TVFN," "Emeril Live," and many other programs. He has cooked, consulted, written and lectured on "New World Cuisine" internationally. His culinary philosophy is "to create a marriage of the sensual and rustic with the classic and intellectual in a celebration of the various places we live."

Norman Van Aken is the exclusive consulting chef in the Sky for United Airlines South America and the Caribbean. Signature menus are for First, Business and Economy Class. Norman's inspired menus encompass foods relative to each flight's destination providing cultural and culinary support to over 2 million airline customers a year showcasing the cuisine from his renowned restaurant.

He is now further taking advantage of the Internet by playing an active role as Co-Chair on the StarChefs Advisory Board.

 


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