Washington / DC. (nra) The National Restaurant Association (NRA) each year gets in the kitchen with chefs to reveal the top menu trends for the coming year. For its annual What´s Hot Culinary Forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,300 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to find which foods, cuisines, beverages and culinary themes will be hot trends on restaurant menus 2015.
Top 10 food trends for 2015:
«As consumers today increasingly incorporate restaurants into their daily lives, they want to be able to follow their personal preferences and philosophies no matter where or how they choose to dine», said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of research for the National Restaurant Association. «So, it is only natural that culinary themes like local sourcing, sustainability and nutrition top our list of menu trends for 2015. Those concepts are wider lifestyle choices for many Americans in other aspects of their lives that also translate into the food space».
«Chefs are committed to supporting their communities and helping make responsible food choices», said Thomas Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC, national president of the American Culinary Federation. «I am pleased that members of the American Culinary Federation continue to support local sourcing and sustainable food practices as an annual trend and are paving the way for these values to become part of everyday American cooking».
On the drink menu, the What´s Hot in 2015 survey predicts the top five alcohol and cocktail trends will be:
For the first time, the survey highlights overarching trends to watch in 2015:
- Environmental sustainability remains among the hottest trends, with restaurateurs focusing on food waste reduction as a way to both go green and manage rising food costs.
- Hyper-local sourcing continues to gain momentum with restaurants including house-made, farm-branded and artisan items.
- Children´s meals are becoming increasingly gourmet and healthful, as well as more adventurous in flavour profiles.
- Ethnic cuisines are continuing to become more mainstream and ethnic ingredients such as cheeses, flour and condiments are increasingly being used in non-ethnic dishes.
- Common preparation methods are returning with a new twist, such as pickling with specialty vinegars and fermented flavour profiles.
When asked which current food trend will be the hottest menu trends ten years from now, environmental sustainability topped the list, followed by local sourcing, nutrition and ethnic cuisines and flavours.
The NRA surveyed 1’276 American Culinary Federation members October to November 2014, asking them to rate 231 items as a «hot trend», «yesterday´s news», or «perennial favourite» on menus in 2015.