|About||Rated #37th in the World! ---The Daily Meal. New World Cuisine by Norman Van Aken|
I grew up in the wonderful town of Diamond Lake, Illinois with a loving, spirited Family. My Mom was a restaurant worker and shared her love of that with me. My Dad was an automobile salesman. Janet and I moved to Key West when I was 21 and she was 17. I started cooking here after a few short order jobs in Illinois and Colorado. I cook with my son/Chef Justin and wife/Chef Janet in Miami. Our newest cookbook is titled, "My Key West Kitchen" and my memoir is titled, "No Experience Necessary... The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken".
2006: Received honor as one of the
“Founders of the New American Cuisine,” at Spain’s International
Summit of Gastronomy “Madrid Fusion” with
Alice Water, Paul Prudhomme and Mark Miller
The New York Times: "Norman’s is the best restaurant in
South Florida and Norman Van Aken is its best chef."
Condé Nast Traveler: "Top 10 restaurants in America."
Miami Herald: “Whoever said you can't please all of the people all of the time must not have met Norman Van Aken. He is the King of the mango kings!”
2003 Inductee into the James Beard Foundation's
"Who's Who" of Food & Beverage in America
(Florida’s first and only to date)
Winner of the "Ivy Award", 2001
Winner of the James Beard Foundation's, "Best Chef: Southeast"
The "Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence"
Food Arts Silver Spoon for Lifetime Achievement
Nations Restaurant News: "Fine Dining Hall of Fame."
Wine Spectator: "Award of Excellence"
The James Beard Foundation Nominated "Best New Restaurant in America, 1995."
The James Beard Foundation Nominated "Best Restaurant in America, 2005."