cui·​sine | \ kwi-ˈzēn How to pronounce cuisine (audio) , kwē- \

Definition of cuisine

: manner of preparing food : style of cooking a cooking method used in French cuisine also : the food prepared enjoys French cuisine

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a cooking method used in French cuisine a cuisine based on local ingredients This restaurant is famous for its spicy cuisine.
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Recent Examples on the Web But beef tongue is a true global cuisine with variations of cooking techniques found in Japan, Russia, France, Mexico, South America and throughout the United States. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "How to cook beef tongue (lengua) at home, with 3 recipes in a slow cooker for street tacos, braised like a pot roast and smoked like brisket," 8 Feb. 2021 Del Prado and business partner Aaron Switz teamed up with chef Steve McMullen, who was the opening chef de cuisine at Burch Steak and Pizza Bar under del Prado, who was executive chef. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Former Bellecour in Wayzata will reopen as Italian restaurant and pizza takeout spot," 22 Jan. 2021 Matt eventually became chef de cuisine under head chef Grant Achatz, watching the restaurant earn three Michelin stars. Tom Downey, WSJ, "How Coronavirus Changed This Colorado Restaurant’s Work Culture," 8 Dec. 2020 Caris left his gig as chef de cuisine at J. Kenji Lopéz-Alt’s San Mateo restaurant Wursthall last year to got back to school, with hopes of becoming an emergency medical technician. Janelle Bitker,, "Meet Pyro Pastrami, a new Oakland pop-up selling out of its beefy and vegan sandwiches weekly," 3 Dec. 2020 Voltaggio’s right-hand man here is Dan Kennedy, who served as chef de cuisine at Estuary. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Thacher & Rye, Bryan Voltaggio’s new restaurant, is designed with the pandemic in mind," 13 Nov. 2020 Sarah Snow was Luscher’s chef de cuisine at The Grape. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "The Grape on Greenville Avenue in Dallas will become a new restaurant," 15 Oct. 2020 The two dining venues at the Canopy hotel in Old Town Scottsdale are led by Patrick Gaudet, a Valley chef who most recently was chef de cuisine at The Boulders Resort and Spa in Scottsdale. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Old Town Scottsdale is getting a new restaurant and rooftop bar. Here's what to expect," 29 Sep. 2020 But our voters’ top choice is Colombian cuisine from Mais Arepas., "Best of New Orleans 2020 readers' poll: Food and Drink," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of cuisine

1786, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cuisine

French, literally, kitchen, from Old French, from Late Latin coquina — more at kitchen

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The first known use of cuisine was in 1786

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19 Feb 2021

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“Cuisine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cuisine

: a style of cooking
: food that is cooked in a particular way

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