“True trends evolve over time, especially when it comes to lifestyle-based choices that extend into other areas of our everyday life. Chefs and restaurateurs are in tune with overarching consumer trends when it comes to menu planning, but add their own twist of culinary creativity to drive those trends in new directions. No one has a better view into the window of the future of food trends than the culinary professionals who lead our industry.”
– Hudson Riehle
In the Culinary World, a new trend is born practically every other day. It could be an entirely novel one or a long forgotten one re-introduced in a new and innovative way. It doesn’t matter how long that trend is going to stick around, but I can assuredly say that trends never die, they just hibernate to come back again. That’s how trends come and go not only in the F&B industry but in any industry, for that matter. Let’s take a sneak peak at the year’s industry trends and what’s on offer this season.
Allergy Free Foods
Menus these days have printed on it at least one gluten free, dairy free, nut free or fat-free food item to cater to the people who are either sensitive to any of these or choose to avoid some elements from their diet. There are a few of us who are allergic to some of the food, but for most, it has become a lifestyle preference for various reasons.
Molecular gastronomy is a culinary technique where the application of scientific methods is used to put together seemingly unusual dishes and present it in an innovative way without any alterations in the flavour. Using the science behind the way molecules behave, chefs combine complex yet unique ingredients to create a dish that wows. In UAE there are quite a few restaurants and cafes that function purely based on this concept. It is an expensive deal but certainly a must have experience.
Food presentations are getting a makeover this season. No more regular plates, bowls and glasses. Wooden plates, granite slabs with a rustic finish, jars, soup spoon plates, etc. are in this season. It’s fun to have juices, shakes and even desserts in a jar. Food is deconstructed and presented in an unorganized way giving it an entirely new appearance keeping all the flavors unaltered. You will taste what you ordered but will not see it on the plate. Here, the portion size is also small and precise. Serving food imaginatively takes the ordinary out and brings in a new feel to the whole dining experience. It looks like this trend is here to stay.
Food trucks, part of the street food category, have always been around but with an on-and-off popularity. This year they are back in demand again. Food trucks have become the hipster foodie obsession with some really cool ones cropping up around places. In UAE, you will see an interesting take on this concept with some delectable Mediterranean & Arabic flavours along with the traditional ones on the menu, serving you on the beautiful beach sides.
Clean eating is a term that was mostly associated only with the fitness freaks. But now, people are getting more aware of the harmful side effects of commercialised foods and are trying to eat clean to adapt to a much healthier lifestyle. Eating clean is a way of life where you choose not to eat anything processed or refined. This includes any food that is canned, ready to eat, or any food that is adulterated with additives. Today, you will also find a lot of restaurants that are coming up with clean eating menu ideas.