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Chef Keith Norman on KTNV

Chef Keith Norman of the South Point Hotel did an interview for KTNV Las Vegas Morning Blend TODAY at 9:45 a.m.  South Point Hotels Chef Keith talked about the importance of food allergen safety inside the hotel restaurants, his work with FARE, as well as his recent award from the Southern Nevada Health District! You can see the link here:  http://www.vegasmorningblend.com/videos/218401731.html

He also showed off the new top 8 allergen free cutlery kits that the South Point will be using at their restaurants to lessen any cross contamination risks.

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Chef Keith also was kind enough to mention FARE, The Las Vegas Food Allergy Awareness Walk, and also the Food Allergen Bloggers Conference! Ok ok, so the name was wrong, but I can tell you we were not the only people letting out excited squeals when it was mentioned!

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Chef Keith was a big reason why we chose the South Point as the host for this conference. The South Point has taken a fantastic proactive stance in catering to those with food allergies and adopting safe practices in their restaurants and food service. We want everyone to come knowing that we are all planning to make sure this is a huge, delicious, safe success!

You can read more about Chef Keith here.

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Chef Keith Norman

ChefKeithWe would like to introduce you to Chef Keith Norman of the South Point Hotel. We know that traveling with food allergies can be hard. It requires trusting others with your food safety, your health and your life. Chef Norman’s knowledge and safe allergy practice made choosing the South Point Hotel to have our conference at a smart decision when we carefully considered our need to provide safe meals to our audience. 

A Chef prepares food with care and love, they relish making people happy, feeding their souls, and bodies! Imagine if thing you loved most could kill people you were entrusted to care for? I think Chef Norman’s true empathy and concern comes through when he answered ‘Do you or a family member have allergies?’ He answered “No, I am not personally affected- but what if? That’s how I see it! Any one of the stories that I have read and heard could be my story. It’s very easy to want to be a part, and to help make a difference.”   

I asked Chef Norman how he became ‘allergy aware’- he answered “I have always been aware of allergens, but I became more involved after meeting the Gordins, and when I was asked to present at the 2011 Conference here in Las Vegas.  I teach part-time at the Art Institute here in LV, and yes- when I teach the Sersafe Certification Course I always add Allergen Training!”

As a Veteran Marine and with 20 years in the culinary arts field, Keith Norman brings a sense of discipline and order to everything he does, both in business and in the culinary world.  Chef Norman has a passion for food safety and sanitation that is apparent in his role as Assistant Executive Chef and Food Safety Manager for the South Point Hotel & Casino and as a culinary arts instructor at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Las Vegas.  In both roles, Chef Norman is responsible for training and educating students and culinary professionals in one of the most important facets of the foodservice industry.  

He has worked his way up the culinary ladder at Las Vegas properties to include Bally’s, the Mirage, Treasure Island, Paris, Suncoast and South Point hotels and casinos.  He is a certified professional food manager, certified HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) manager, NEHA (National Environmental Health Association) certified food trainer, NRA (Nevada Restaurant Association) certified food safety trainer, a certified registered OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) trainer and a master certified food executive.  Chef Norman has trained through the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the areas of foodborne illness investigation, agro-terrorism and food systems disasters.

He is a member of the Casino Management Association, International Food Safety Council, Black Culinarian Association and Nevada Food Safety Task Force, Stop Foodborne Illness, and FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network).

Awards and Recognition

  • Nominated for Culinarian of the year, 2010
  • Emcee for Food Safety Day in Chicago
  • Nominated for the National Restaurant Association Best Neighbor Award
  • Guest Speaker at the 2010 FAAN conference in Las Vegas
  • 2010 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy plaque in appreciation of volunteer activities
  • 2011 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy Las Vegas, NV Committee member
  • 2012 Guest Speaker for Nevada Food Safety Task Force Conference
  • 2012 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy Las Vegas, NV Honorary Chair

Please email us at fablogcon@gmail.com with any dietary concerns you may have after buying conference tickets. We will be letting Chef Norman know of all concerns so we can ensure a wonderful experience and stay at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!

At the supportive “Allergen Safe” South Point Hotel Casino (in the kitchen). With Keith Norman, Kim Bell Hollinger, and Kendall Hollinger (our Honorary Teen Chair). Check out all the food allergy awareness posters! The South Point is also a proud sponsor of the FARE walk.  At the supportive “Allergen Safe” South Point Hotel Casino (in the kitchen). With NV Teen recruitment walk chair, Scott Gordin, NV Honorary Teen Chair, Kendall Hollinger, NV Walk committee chair, Chef Keith Norman, NV Walk Director, Dana Gordin, NV walk volunteer, Matthew Gordin NV walk volunteer, Kim Hollinger.  Check out all the food allergy awareness posters!  The South Point is also a proud sponsor of the FARE walk.

Las Vegas FARE Walk

We would like to invite you to come to Vegas on Friday, November 1st, and join us on Saturday morning for the Las Vegas FARE Walk which will be held at 10:00 AM on November 2nd. Registration opens at 8:30 AM.  If you would like to come to Las Vegas on Friday, and join our walk team for the Las Vegas FARE Walk, we are planning to offer a shuttle service to and from the event on Saturday so register early and let us know if you’d like to ride with us to The District for the walk. The South Point will extend a discounted rate to guests booking Friday night too! We will also have some gift certificates courtesy of The South Point and the Las Vegas FARE for the top fund raisers on the ‘Food Allergy Bloggers’ Team! The top fundraiser will win a FREE 2 nights 3 day stay for the South Point Hotel, good through August 2014 (covers room & tax only) for the highest fundraiser as of midnight PT November 1, 2013.  The second highest fundraiser shall win a full conference ticket for the 2013 FAB event. The third highest fundraiser shall win a FREE dinner for 2 at the South Point Hotel.

Both FARE and the South Point Hotel were our earliest supporters in creating this conference so please consider participating in the walk event!

If we raise $1,000 before July 31, 2013 our conference name will appear on the walk t-shirts.  If you raise $100 or more as an individual you will get a free shirt and all children walking automatically get a free shirt without any sponsor logos on the back. Come Friday, and make a weekend of it! It will be a lot of fun, and can give you some extra time to visit with other conference attendees, and site see around Vegas [Friday night and after the Walk]!