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Watch award-winning chef and culinary innovator Claudette Zepeda define her relationship with Hispanic-style cheeses from California and detail how Cal-Mex has emerged as one of the hottest trends in foodservice today.

Cal-Mex is a marriage of California cuisine and traditional Mexican cooking.

Cal-Mex cuisine incorporates fresh and seasonal ingredients traditionally found in the Golden State, such as lighter proteins and plant-forward dishes, with exciting new takes on Mexican regional dishes.

The key ingredients in bringing together these two culinary fares? Hispanic-style cheese and dairy products from California.

California is the nation’s largest producer of Hispanic-style cheeses, as producers from the Golden State offer 25 unique varieties, led by:

  • Queso Fresco
  • Quesadilla
  • Cotija
  • Oaxaca
  • Panela

These cheeses add authentic, fresh dairy flavor across multiple dayparts and provide chefs the versatility to craft original interpretations of classic Mexican cuisine, which is the essence of Cal-Mex.

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