If health, beauty, fitness, and supplements are into trends these days, food, no less, is no exception. With more people now getting more passionate about food and the whole process that goes with it, doting chefs, restaurateurs, and food manufacturers are now releasing innovations never heard of before.
The year 2017 and the few years before this saw a rise in healthy eating. Before, people didn’t think twice about eating off a can or package. These days, people are now more conscious of where their food is coming from and how it is made. Many are now craving for that connection between land and sea, and the plate.
The past few years have also seen the rise of aspiring chefs and food bloggers, with people now more appreciative of the whole process that goes with food preparation. The food industry used to be a faceless one with chefs and cooks hidden from customers’ view. These days, we now know of the faces behind the dishes served to us, thanks to social media where chefs now have their pages where they get to showcase their work.
When you look at Instagram, you will see a proliferation of food photos and videos that will have you drooling over. Food pornography is now a new concept that was unheard of by our parents. With these cute-looking dishes and desserts, more people are now more than willing to try these even with their high calorie and fat content. Some chefs care more about the look of the meal on the plate than its nutritional value.
Now that we have welcomed 2018, what culinary trends do we expect to see this year? Here are some of them:
1. The farm-to-table dynamic going mainstream
As we’ve seen in the past years, people are now more conscious of what they eat, and where it came from. Many people who had the money for it were more than willing to pay a premium for organic foods. Even home delivery of ready-made farm fresh ingredients for a sumptuous meal, just read this review of Sun Basket by MBSF! This year, we’ll see this farm-to-table dynamic going mainstream. Not only will people want to pay for foods that have been grown organically, but also foods that came from ethically managed farms. People are now more than willing to support foods that were raised, harvested and delivered by people who are taken care of by their employers.
It is good news for everyone since it is about time for people to wake up from this acceptance of these unethical practices. Even though organic and ethically raised foods cost more, it is our way of giving back to people and the environment who feed us.
2. Incorporation of flowers into recipes
Most flowers are edible, and they also provide nutrition like potassium, niacin, calcium, and vitamins. It is surprising that these cute little things can do a lot for our health. It is their aesthetic and nutritional value that made people explore on having them in dishes. These days, we don’t only see these edible flowers in drinks like tea and cocktails, but also in dishes like salads, omelets, and soups. Common flowers used are chamomile, rose, lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Although flowers give off a slightly weird taste that may surprise some people, you can get used to them the more you use them in your dishes. They provide that bitter flavor that is good for everyone’s health, especially for detoxification.
This year, we expect to see more food manufacturers and restaurants incorporating flowers into their products and dishes. We also expect more people to support the farm-to-table movement. It is an exciting year for everyone!