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Chef Norman Van Aken
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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 book is a memoir. It is titled, “No Experience Necessary,” (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 91.3.

He is the chef and founder of “NORMAN’S at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, Orlando.” 

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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

Versailles

Jan 21, 2017

Mise En Place

Jan 14, 2017

Patty Melts

Jan 7, 2017

ASIAN BBQ PORTOBELLO PATTY MELTS

© 2016 All Rights Reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken

Yield: 2 Patty Melts

For the Marinade and Mushrooms:

1 1/2 Cups Ginger Soy Dressing, (see below).

Save the remainder for many ideas or more of this.

1 Cup Ketchup

4 portobello mushroom caps, stem removed

Pre-heat an oven to 350 degrees.Mix the Ginger Soy Dressing with the Ketchup in a large bowl. Add the mushroom caps and turn them over several times over the course of 30-40 minutes.

Latkes

Dec 31, 2016

LATKES WITH SOUR CREAM AND CAVIAR

© 2016 All rights reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken

Oyster Bars

Dec 17, 2016

MIGNONETTE SAUCE

© 2016 All Rights Reserved by Norman & Janet Van Aken

If you like cocktail sauce on your oysters you are among a larger group than if you choose this sauce. But you might be the kind of purist that I am when it comes to sublime oysters.

¼ cup red wine vinegar

2 Tablespoons red wine

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

½ cup finely chopped shallots

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, or more to taste

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