Legendary chef Norman Van Aken is known internationally as â€œthe founding father of New World Cuisineâ€ for his celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavors. He is also known for introducing the concept of â€œfusionâ€ to the culinary world. He is the chef and director of restaurants at the Miami Culinary Institute, and chef-owner of the fine dining restaurant NORMANâ€™S, at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Florida. The New York Times described NORMANâ€™S as Floridaâ€™s best restaurant, â€œand Norman Van Aken its best chef.â€ He is the only Floridian to have been inducted into the prestigious James Beard Foundationâ€™s Whoâ€™s Who of Food and Beverage in America.
Tuyo is the crown jewel sitting atop Miami Dade Collegeâ€™s new Miami Culinary Institute, offering a spectacular view of the bay and Miami skyline. Its breakthrough recipe for culinary excellence in the 21st century infuses a trailblazing menu with the Instituteâ€™s state-of-the-art approach to the culinary arts, setting the table for food culture innovation by focusing on environmentally sound practices and drawing upon the food grown locally and in the Instituteâ€™s edible organic garden.