2 cuisines to put your own creative spin on

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As a chef, you're aware that there are many ongoing food trends. You're a culinary professional, so of course you want to explore as many of them as possible.

The challenge is that you can only feature so many types of cuisine at once. So how do you know what items to put on the menu and when? Two trends that have emerged lately and are gaining diners' attention include traditional Korean fare and classic Jewish food. 

Explore the tastes
If you're unfamiliar with either cuisine, familiarize yourself with the different dishes and their distinctive tastes. These are two different food trends that have a long-established presence in the culinary world, so you don't want to deviate too far from how they're normally served. At the same time, you want to put enough of a spin on them that they stand out.

Feature ingredients or dishes
You can start off slowly by introducing ingredients to various items that are already on the menu. Kimchi and gefilte fish are foods that diners will quickly recognize. Incorporating these and other well-known ingredients will show consumers that you want to broaden the culinary range of your restaurant. This is a good way to gauge consumer interest if you're unsure of whether they'd be as interested in fusion food as you are.

On the other hand, if you're sure that your diners would love fusion food, you can offer all-new dishes that are inspired by Korean and Jewish food. These will take more time to create, but will definitely pay off. Rather than revamp the menu entirely, which may alarm consumers, introduce one or two new items every month or so. This ensures that people will have enough time to try out each dish before it's no longer featured and a new one is brought in.

Decide on the cuisine
Korean and Jewish food have distinctive tastes and ingredients. Figure out which trend you'd like to explore and work with first.

1. Korean food: Kimchi is, without a doubt, the most well-known item in Korean cuisine. It comes in various forms and flavors and can easily be incorporated into a number of dishes. But the bold tastes don't end there. Korean barbecue has also garnered a lot of attention in the past few years. The meat is thinly sliced and marinated before being pan-fried or grilled. This ensures that the meat is flavorful and can be put into a rice or noodle dish. Another popular food is bibimbap, a mixture of rice, prepared vegetables, thinly sliced meats and a sunny-side up egg, which is traditionally cooked and served in an earthenware pot. 

2. Jewish fare: From bagels with lox to latkes, Jewish cuisine has played a large role in shaping American cuisine. However, there are other dishes that have fallen to the wayside in America's culinary development. Blintzes take time to make, but can be a great way to feature seasonal fruits and artisanal cheeses. Knish is made of a filling that's covered with dough and can be grilled, baked or deep fried. Fillings include mashed potatoes, ground meat and more. 

Whether you want to start with one cuisine before moving onto the next or if you want to alternate between the two, you can rest assured knowing that they're both growing trends. Remember to have fun and inspire creativity in the kitchen to ensure that your restaurant always offers innovative foods.

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