Popular International Cooking Styles

These international cooking styles are popular with chef students and customers alike. Check out these worldly cooking styles and see what satisfies your palate.

African Cooking – African cooking varies widely throughout the continent’s regions, but vegetables such as yams, okra, cabbage, corn and rice are common staples. Meats in African food can include chicken, beef, pork and fish, though crocodile, antelope and warthog are also used traditionally. Many dishes come in the form of stews or porridges, sometimes served over rice or bread. Flavors come from garlic, cloves, peppercorns, curry and other spices.

Chinese Cooking – Chinese cuisine makes use of many flavorful sauces, often over bite-sized pieces of meat or chopped vegetables. Carrots, broccoli, corn, bok choy and water chestnuts are popularly used vegetables, served with chicken, beef, pork or seafood. Dishes are often served over rice or noodles, and chilies are sometimes used to add spice. Chinese cuisine is one of the most popular cooking styles worldwide.

French Cooking – French cuisine is one of the most well developed, popularized cuisines of today. French cooking has changed much over the centuries, and currently makes use of meats including beef, chicken, duck, veal, frog, rabbit and various seafoods. A wide range of vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, truffles and other types of mushroom are used, and sauces are created from wines, broths and herbs. Dishes come in the form of stews, separate portions, or bite-sized morsels, as in the case of escargot. Flavors are savory and complex, and French chefs take pride in serving exquisitely prepared meals.

Italian Cooking – Italian food takes influence from Greek, Germanic and Byzantine cuisines. Italian cuisine usually incorporates a sauce, most often tomato or cream-based, over a bed of noodles, vegetables or meat. Dishes can be cooked over a stove, as in the case of some pastas, or can be baked in an oven, as lasagna or some types of casserole. Chicken, beef, and various types of sausage are popular in Italian cuisine, and cheese is often used either as a garnish or as a filling. Broccoli, asparagus, peppers, tomatoes and potatoes are common vegetables, and popular spices include garlic, basil, oregano, bay and rosemary.

Mexican Cooking – Corn, beans, tomatos and peppers are staple elements of Mexican food. Tomatoes and avocados are used to create salsas and moles, and corn is often turned into  a dough to make tortillas and other flatbreads. Beef, chicken, pork and seafood are also popular among the many types of Mexican cuisine, as well as more exotic meats such as goat, ostrich, snake, deer, iguana and various insects. Many foods in Mexican cuisine are prepared separately and either served separately on the plate, or combined on flatbread just prior to eating. Chili powder, cumin, cilantro, cinnamon and cocoa are commonly used spices, and jalapeno or habanero peppers are also used to add more considerable spice. Modern Mexican food is largely the result of traditional recipes taking influence from Spanish and American cuisines.