South Florida's most gifted chef & NORMAN'S its finest restaurant"
- The New York Times
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.
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."
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."
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
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.
is now further taking advantage of the Internet by playing an active
role as Co-Chair on the StarChefs Advisory Board.