California Cuisine

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Fresh produce, hormone-free meat with a mix of healthy fusion cooking is the basic elements behind the new trend in “California cuisine”. Paying extra attention to the presentation of meals and the freshness of the ingredients, California cuisine has become a new culinary trend across the country. California cuisine derives from French cooking however, only uses foods when in season and available at local farmer’s markets. In order to compromise for “seasonal” ingredients, menus are constantly changing with the seasons to meet the produce locally available. This not only helps the quality of the food but gives the restaurants options for diverse and ever changing menus.

The term “California cuisine” actually had nothing to do with the traditional foods of California but arose as part of a culinary movement. Many foods like the California Roll, Chinese Chicken Salad, Cioppino, French Dip Sandwich and many more actually originated in California and not in the county where the type of food is associated with. California is a very diverse place with people from all over the world and the food represents these countries and cultures however adds a modern twist. “California chefs often simultaneously imitate, adapt, simplify and unite components of several cuisines. Many people know this style as "fusion cooking," but big fans of authentic ethnic cuisines might condemn it as "an inept copycat" (Paramapoonya, 2012). While California cuisine can be known to take traditional dishes and add a different twist, which is the part that makes California cuisine so unique. The great thing about California cuisine is that it can incorporate any style of food from Italian, Chinese, Japanese, or French and by adding fresh California produce, you instantly have a California cuisine meal. Some foods usually incorporated into California cuisine are avocados, citrus fruits, artichokes, herbs, seafood, tofu and some sort of meat or chicken.

The result of using such fresh and local...
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