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“Norman Van Aken is the Jimmy Page of his profession – a man who was THERE at almost every important moment in its history…” –ANTHONY BOURDAIN

No Experience Necessary is Chef Norman Van Aken’s delicious joyride of a memoir. The book spans twenty-plus years and nearly as many jobs—including the fateful job advertised in the local paper for a short-order cook: “no experience necessary.”
Long considered a culinary renegade and 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.