Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chef Survey - What's Hot in 2011

The annual National Restaurant Association survey of American Culinary Federation member chefs is one of the industry's leading culinary forecasts. More than 1,500 professional chefs gave their professional opinion of whether 226 culinary items will be a "hot trend," "yesterday's news," or "perennial favorite" on 2011 restaurant menus.

Download the "What's Hot in 2011" chef survey results (PDF).

Top 20 Trends:
1 Locally sourced meats and seafood
2 Locally grown produce
3 Sustainability
4 Nutritionally balanced children’s dishes
5 Hyper-local (e.g. restaurant gardens, do your own butchering)
6 Children’s nutrition
7 Sustainable seafood
8 Gluten-free/food allergy conscious
9 Simplicity/back to basics
10 Farm/estate-branded ingredients
11 Micro-distilled/artisan liquor
12 Locally-produced wine and beer
13 Half-portions/smaller portion for a smaller price
14 Organic produce
15 Nutrition/health
16 Culinary cocktails (e.g. savory, fresh ingredients)
17 Newly fabricated cuts of meat (e.g. Denver steak, pork flat iron, Petite Tender)
18 Fruit/vegetable children’s side items
19 Ethnic-inspired breakfast items (e.g. Asian-flavored syrups, chorizo scrambled eggs, coconut milk pancakes)
20 Artisan cheeses

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