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Tuyo - A Miami Culinary Destination
By Diane Sukiennik, Contributing Travel Editor
Photos by Michael Reiss

New York, NY - Legendary star chef turned restaurateur, Norman Van Aken has come up in the culinary world, precisely eight stories high, above the Miami skyline with a commanding view of the Freedom Tower, The Arsht Performing Arts Center and Biscayne Bay. In this case, location, location, location isn't everything, it's part of the bling and excitement of Van Aken's vision come to life.

Tuyo Restaurant
Tuyo has stunning views of the Miami skyline.
As Executive Director of The Miami Culinary Institute, part of Miami Dade College, Van Aken is able to tap his creative juices and showcase the talent, vibrancy and rich ethnic background of the Miami culinary scene. His aim is nothing less than world-class status in the highly competitive food culture that is expanding exponentially like yeast in wine.

Housed in a gleaming, new ecco green structure in downtown Miami, The restaurant, Tuyo ( Spanish for "yours" ) is a first class fine dining venue, that harken back to the sophisticated glamour of Manhattan.

As you are whisked up an elevator - accompanied by a host - who announces your name, as you are greeted by the reception staff, you will come to understand that Tuyo is the crowning jewel of this eight-story facility that contains state of the art culinary, pastry and wine labs available to both enrolled students and the casual gourmet.

The 80 seat dining area is wrapped in floor to ceiling glass that provides breathtaking views of Miami's iconic landmarks. No training ground, this establishment is professionally staffed by Norman's best from previous restaurants including Chef de Cuisine, Jeffrey Brana.

Tuyo Restaurant
Norman Van Aken greets satisfied diners at Tuyo.
The menu is full of his signature dishes, weekly specials, and a well priced tasting menu with optional wine pairings considering the ingredients and wine selections offered. Many of the ingredients are sourced from Tuyo's own organic garden and local suppliers to embrace the farm to table and sustainability initiatives.

The wine list, created by Sommelier Sarah Brownell is impressively broad and deep with unique boutique selections at only a one-time mark-up, unusual, for fine dining establishments.

Also unique, is that a portion of every dollar spent at Tuyo supports the academic programming, as well as scholarships for deserving students.

Among the adoring audience are loads of loyal followers who are thrilled that Norman is back and better than ever. His presence in the dining room to meet and greet and share his enthusiasm and vision for the Miami Culinary Institute is the frosting on the cake!

Tuyo Restaurant
Each dish at Tuyo is thoughtfully crafted and beautifully presented, including the succulent Key West Yellowtail.
Here's TUYO!


  • Brazilian Creamy Cracked Conch Chowder with Saffron, Coconut, Orange and Star Anise
  • Yuca Stuffed Crispy Shrimp with Sour Orange Mojo, Coastal Greens and Pickled Scotch Bonnet Tartar Salsa
  • My Down Island French Toast with Cura?ao Scented Foie Gras, Griddled Brioche, Gingery Candied Lime Zest and a Savory Passion Fruit Caramel ($15.00 Supplement)
  • Pan-Cooked Fillet of Key West Yellowtail on a "Belly" of Mashed Potatoes with Citrus Butter and Malabar Spinach
  • Pork "Havana" with 21st Century Mole, Smokey Plantain Crema and a Spanish Sherry Wine Reduction
  • The Chocolate Goddess Bar Rose, Cherries and Ruby Port with Apricots


    Miami Culinary Institute
    Miami Dade College
    415 N.E. Second Ave.
    Miami, Florida

    Phone: 305 237 3200

    Diane Sukiennik is an internationally recognized writer, coach, keynote speaker, consultant, educator and licensed therapist. She is the author of The Career Fitness Program: Exercising Your Options, 9th edition, Prentice Hall, the most widely used text in colleges and universities in the subject area. A self-proclaimed leisurologist,she speaks French and Spanish, is an avid world traveler.