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Caroline Breder-Watts is the midday host for 91.3 WLRN, and host and producer of WLRN’s Sunday Breakfast with the Arts. She began her radio broadcasting career in 1992 at 90.7 WXEL-FM and for many years enjoyed a dual career in radio and as Director of Communications for the late, great Florida Stage. In 2006, Caroline joined the WXEL staff as a full-time employee, serving as Radio Communications and Pledge Producer as well as creating, hosting and producing two shows, South Florida Artsview and Listening to Movies. She also hosted a daily classical music program on WPBI and WKCP-FM. Caroline and her husband, John Watts, are the creators and founders of www.artsradionetwork.com, an innovative podcast website dedicated to the arts in Palm Beach County. They are also the proud parents of Victoria and Madeleine.
Norman Van Aken has been described as legendary, visionary and a trailblazer. He is known as “the founding father of New World Cuisine,” a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavors. He is also known internationally for introducing the concept of “Fusion” to the culinary world.
His new memoir, “No Experience Necessary” is published by Taylor Trade Publishing. The book has been praised by the likes of Thomas Keller, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Monique Truong, Alan Richman (GQ Magazine), Jeremiah Tower, Wolfgang Puck and the late, great Charlie Trotter.
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 is the chef and founder of “NORMAN’S at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, Orlando.”