Fusion cuisine is an often creative mixture of distinctly different regional cooking styles, or adapting foreign ingredients into a local dish. The term may have been most popularized by Ken Lo, a chef who combined Chinese and American Southwest flavors.
It has been used to describe historic mixings, such as the meeting of Spanish and pre-Columbian styles in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America.  Much of the regional cooking of the American South is a fusion of British cuisine with African cuisine brought by slaves, with some Native American touches, especially in ingredients.
- Karen Hursh Graber, "Early Fusion Food: Inside A Colonial Mexican Kitchen", Mexconnect