Norman Van Aken Kicks Off Enthusiast Classes at Miami Culinary Institute

Chef Norman Van Aken and his son, Justin, will teach the first series of classes for "enthusiasts" at the Miami Culinary Institute. The two-part series kicks off on June 7 and continues the following Tuesday, June 14.

Classes begin with a champagne toast and talk with the chefs. Students then move to a kitchen lab where they cook with Norman and Justin, and then conclude the class in the school's dining room by eating with the chefs. While the exact details of what the Van Akens will prepare with the students were not available, we were told some of the dishes would be from Norman's books.

Classes run from 6 to 10 p.m. and are limited to 38 students. The cost is $200 for one session or $375 for both. To reserve, contact Victoria Nodarse at 305-237-3890 or

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