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Category: Chef’s Stories

An Interview with Norman Van Aken

Tell us about your formative years and how did you find your way into the culinary field to become widely known as ‘the founding father of New World Cuisine’. NVA: My ‘formative years’ eh? I first must tell you that I wrote a memoir on this which goes into some length on them. It is titled, “No Experience Necessary, The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken”. The title is a somewhat wry one in that once I got into the kitchens of an America that were so much less evolved than the ones we have now a days… I got ALL kinds of experiences. And they were a mix of every kind. I…

The Concept & Mission of “In the Kitchen with Norman Van Aken”

To debut our blog we want to let you know some of the basics of why we have created our Cooking School. After this blog post we will be getting into the delicious, vital, ever-changing and sensuous world of food. But let me begin where we began with just Candace and me a little while back. There is a disparity today in this country between food knowledge and food preparation skills.  We eat out in increasing numbers at fine dining establishments.  We have celebrity chefs.  Food programming on TV is at an all-time high and the media is inundating us on all things food.  In every major…