Norman Van Aken is one of the most celebrated chefs in Miami, but before he found his calling in the kitchen, he sold flowers in Hawaii, traveled the country as a carnival worker, and painted houses.
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His new book, No Experience Necessary, tells the type of tale that foodies gobble up. His memoir is loaded with priceless behind the scenes stories -- true accounts that portray a verisimilitude you'll never see on so-called reality shows like Chopped or Top Chef.
This yarn is peppered with the savory characters Van Aken came across on his adventures, including Emeril Lagasse, Anthony Bourdain, and even Julia Child. Then there are the unsung heroes of his adventures, such as ex-Navy man, Fred Boomer, who with two broken arms, taught Aken to make soup.
The chef spoke with Short Order about his adventures, his passion, and the future of Miami's culinary scene. Meet the chef and get a signed copy of No Experience Necessary tonight at Books & Books in Coral Gables.
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