Norman Van Aken -- No Experience Necessary -- Gables
Dec 6 2013 8:00 pm
No Experience Necessary is Chef Norman Van
Aken's joyride of a memoir. In it he spans twenty-plus years and nearly
as many jobs including the fateful job advertisement in the local paper
for a short-order cook with no experience necessary. Long considered a
culinary renegade and a pioneering chef, Van Aken is an American
original who chopped and charred, sweated and seared his way to cooking
stardom with no formal training, but with extra helpings of energy,
creativity, and faith.
irreverent tradition of Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential, and
populated by a rogues gallery of colorful characters including movie
stars, legendary musicians, and culinary giants Julia Child, Emeril
Lagasse, and Charlie Trotter, No Experience Necessary offers a uniquely
personal, highly-entertaining under-the-tablecloth view of the
high-stakes world of American cuisine told with wit, insight, and great
affection by a natural storyteller.
LAUNCH PARTY with NORMAN VAN AKEN, featuring guest chefs Alan Susser (Café at Books & Books),Phil Bryant (Swine Southern Table), Jamie DeRosa (Tongue & Cheek) and Cesar Zapataof (The Federal Miami) who will each prepare a recipe from the book and share food samples in the courtyard, starting at 7pm.
Food, drinks, music in the Books & Books Courtyard from 7-8pm, followed by a talk by Norman about his 20 years experience in the food industry – NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Norman's talk will include surprise guest speakers and an homage to Charlie Trotter. With book signing to follow. Free and open to the public.