Norman Van Aken

Host, A Word On Food

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.” 

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Artichokes

May 6, 2017

ARTICHOKE FRITTERS WITH OLI

©2008 All rights reserved by Norman Van Aken

Yield: 30-36

For the Fritters:
5 Cups cooked and drained artichoke hearts, chopped 1 Tablespoon thyme leaves,
1 egg
1/3 Cup milk
1 Cup, (or slightly more if needed) sifted flour
1 1⁄4 Tablespoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
3⁄4 Cups red onion, minced
3 Tablespoons beer
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
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Canola or peanut oil for deep-frying (as needed)

Arroz Chaufa

Apr 29, 2017
Photo by Debi Harbin

ARROZ CHAUFA

© 2016 All Rights Reserved by Norman Van Aken

Yield: 3 1/2 Cups

2 Cups cooked jasmine or basmati rice, (see below)

1 Tablespoon canola oil

5 ounces raw, broken up somewhat ‘hot’ (or mild) style Italian sausage

1 Cup onion, peeled and chopped medium

1 Scotch bonnet (or Thai or other hot) chile, seeded and stemmed, minced

1/2 Tablespoon minced ginger

4 scallions, trimmed and cut cross-wise into rings

2 Tablespoons garlic, minced

Bouillabaisse

Apr 22, 2017

Cochinita Pibil

Apr 15, 2017

Pig's Ears

Apr 8, 2017

Wedge Salads

Apr 1, 2017

Hot Sauces

Mar 25, 2017

The Fish Butcher

Mar 18, 2017

Ketchup

Mar 11, 2017

Coq Au Vin

Mar 4, 2017

Queso Frito

Feb 25, 2017

Pa Amb Tomaquet

Feb 18, 2017

Tuna Tartare

Feb 11, 2017

TUNA TARTARE

Norman Van Aken © 2004

¼ Cup minced red onion

½-1 jalapeño, seeds and stems removed and finely minced

4 teaspoons ginger, peeled and finely minced

2 teaspoon lemongrass, inner stalks, finely minced, (optional but good if available)

1 teaspoon dark roasted sesame oil

2 teaspoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons grated orange zest, minced

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest, minced

1 # Sushi Quality Tuna, sinew, bloodline and fat removed, diced small

Gallo Pinto

Feb 4, 2017

Griot of Haiti

Jan 28, 2017

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