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What Is 'Chaos' Cooking, And Is It Worth Trying Out?
By David Tran
The concept of “fusion cuisine,” the blending of foods from different cultures, took the culinary world by storm in the 1970s. Although fusion cuisine certainly hasn’t gone anywhere, it appears it may have a messier, younger sister called "chaos cooking," and it is taking social media by storm.
Chaos cooking has been described as a mash-up of global cuisines, where one combines ingredients that typically don't go together into a cohesive dish. Food businesses are getting in on the trend too, with the National Restaurant Association noting that chaos cooking is part of a larger trend where consumers are looking to "expand their palates with unique global fare."
Chaos cooking can be good for your mental health, with The Washington Post describing it as an outlet that "openly subverts mainstream rules for how to cook and what tastes or looks good in a way that's both playful and intelligent." To give it a try yourself, try starting with a familiar and simple dish, which will help the process feel less intimidating.
TV personality and chef Jeff Mauro shared some of his chaos cooking ideas on “Good Morning America,” like putting barbecue chips inside a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He also shared dinner ideas like jalapeno popcorn shrimp topped with mango puree and popcorn as well as chicken wings coated in caramel sauce.