Chef Norman Van Aken

MenuMasters 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee: Chef Norman Van Aken

Presented by Nation’s Restaurant News and sponsored by Ventura Foods, the MenuMasters Awards honor culinary excellence in menu development.  

Chef Norman Van Aken is originally from the Midwest, but it was in Florida that he discovered his passion for cooking and staked his culinary claim. He is best known as one of the founding fathers of “Floribbean” or New World cuisine, an elevated mixture of local cuisines and ingredients that evolved partly into what is known as fusion cuisine. He is also known for his eponymous restaurant, Norman&r

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