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About In The Kitchen

a close up of Candace Walsh and Norman Van Aken “In the Kitchen with Norman Van Aken” is a joint venture between the multiple James Beard Award-winning chef, Norman Van Aken, and restaurateur, Candace Walsh.  In the Kitchen with Norman Van Aken focuses on all things food and beverage, providing a wide range of cooking classes, for all levels.  Dedicated to inspiring and instructing the home cook and food enthusiast, hands-on classes are intimate and interactive with no more than 16 students per session.

“We are in danger, and it is significant danger of losing the centuries long often tutorials of one generation passing the gift and life-sustaining knowledge of cooking. Never before has there been such fragmentation of the family tribe. Never before has it been so clear that for humanity to have any chance of not losing the connections forever we must re-grasp the ways now.”

Classes range from the most basic kinds of culinary instruction to ‘master classes’ even seasoned professionals will want to attend. You can come occasionally or as often as you wish. You can come with friends or solo. We have over 160 classes envisioned, with more being added monthly as our interest and curiosities navigate us through the world of cuisine. We also have an extensive youth and family program for children ages 5 to 16. We will bring in guest teachers and famed chefs, winemakers, farmers, fishermen, cheese makers etc. from around the world and around the corner.

Additionally, we offer retail goods that we feel empower you to make food more delicious and give you an edge in meal preparation—the same products we use in this kitchen and our homes.

In the Kitchen with Norman Van Aken is available for Private and Corporate Events such as: cocktail parties, team building and more, and can be designed in a myriad of ways.

ITK is not defined by boundaries nor borders … but guided and inspired by our passion for food, education and community.

Chef Norman has always been a mentor on many levels to me over the years. This culinary school is the beginning of something great and he will be again instrumental to molding today's culinary youth.
Nina Compton – Chef/Owner, Compere Lapin