MenuDirections 2013 Day 3: World Cuisines and Menu Trends

The final day of the conference featured tastes from around the globe and a look at upcoming menu trends.

Chef Cespedes shows off his Moros y Cristianos (rice and beans from Cuba), which Cespedes says he likes to serve with a fried egg on top, making it a great option for late night.

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