Norman Van Aken
Norman Van Aken is more than a celebrated chef—he’s an innovator. Aside from his international culinary fame for bringing New World Cuisine to the culinary forefront—infusing Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African, and American flavors into his creations—Van Aken has also introduced the concept of “fusion” into the culinary world.
Where were you born ?
Diamond Lake, Ill.
How long in Miami:
Since 1990.
Coral Gables
Favorite Restaurant:
Norman’s 180
Best Sushi:
Best Ethnic Food:
Hy Vong
Best Italian:
Casa Tua
Best place for late night dining:
Hiro’s Yakko-San
Best dessert:
STK @ The Gansevoort with Pastry Chef Max Santiago
Best place for a romantic date:
Sra. Martinez
Best Sunday brunch:
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Best place for a power business meeting:
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
Everglades National Park in Homestead
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Mandarin Oriental
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
The Falls
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Miami Twice
Best Spa:
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
Favorite Charity Event:
Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation
Favorite Cultural Event:
International Mango Festival at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Ardrienne Arsht Center
Best Aspect of Miami:
It is where the weather suits my bones… And the amazing mix of cultures.
Best Steakhouse:
Graziano’s at 92nd and Bird
Best Pizza:
Frankie’s Pizza on Bird Road
Best Lunch:
La Camaronera
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Swimming on Miami Beach
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Bakehouse Art Complex
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
The Kampong
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