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In the Kitchen Instructors

Norman Van Aken

Norman Van Aken is known internationally for introducing "fusion" into the lexicon of modern cookery and considered to be the founding father of New World…

Candace Walsh

After completing a degree in Finance & Accounting from Syracuse University, Candace embarked upon a career in Finance, as an asset-backed trader.  Although…

Jeffrey Brana

One of Jeffrey’s earliest food memories revolves around a one hundred year-old orange tree in his grandmother’s backyard. This tree in Central Florida, at…

Robyn Webb

Robyn Webb, MS, is an award-winning cookbook author, nutritionist, and culinary instructor. She is the long time Food Editor of Diabetes Forecast Magazine and…

Brian Diaz

Brian Diaz is a Colombian native with Italian roots and a genuine passion for hospitality. Brian began his journey in Colombia working at his family’s…

Ana Sofía Peláez

Ana Sofía Peláez is a Miami-based food writer covering the spectrum of Latin American cuisine on her blog Hungry Sofia. She has been featured by the New…

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