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Florida's Norman Van Aken Cooks at Son of a Gun

By Lesley Balla | January 22, 2014 By Lesley Balla  |  January 22, 2014

Celebrated chef Norman Van Aken is spinning through LA to promote his newest memoir, No Experience Necessary, with a stop to cook lunch with fellow Florida natives Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook at Son of a Gun. Van Aken, chef and owner of Norman's in Orlando, is often dubbed as the founding father of New World cuisine - he was one of the first to cook 'fusion' in the 80s. The three chefs will roll out a simple and fun menu: corn dogs with honey mustard dip, oysters Remick (topped with mayo, chili sauce and breadcrumbs and baked), Vietnamese spring rolls, smothered pork chop adobo and mango ice cream for dessert. All of the recipes are from Van Aken's book, which will be on sale and signed by the chef at the lunch.

This is not the Van Aken's first taste of LA. He opened Norman's on the Sunset Strip in the early 2000s, and the celebration of his Latin, Caribbean, Asian and American flavors seemed fitting for the local culinary scene at the time. But it sadly closed in 2006. Bummer, too, because the pig roasts were a blast. Here's your chance to meet up with the chef on local turf once again. The lunch takes place on Tuesday, January 28 at noon. Cost is $40 per person. Call 323-782-9033 for reservations.

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