HERE’S A ROUNDUP OF TRENDS THAT ARE BUBBLING AWAY IN LONDON AND OTHER UK CULINARY HOT SPOTS, READY TO MAKE THE LEAP TO YOUR MENU IN 2013.
VEGETABLES TAKE CENTRE STAGE AS THE MAIN EVENT, NOT THE SIDE.
With an increasing focus on fresh, responsibly-sourced food, vegetables are the ideal choice — and so versatile; starters, drinks, starchy components and a multitude of main dishes — veg will dominate the plate. Watch out right now for the winter veg transformation; away from stewing and roasting towards new, light ways of preparation.
FOOD PROVIDERS THINK HEALTHY FOR YOU.
Chefs are seeking out new ways to deliver delicious food — but without the hefty calorific toll, working behind the scenes to up nutritional value and taste at the same time. A host of small changes (like a shift to wholegrain, or reducing the fat in base stocks) add up to responsible — and delectable — food provision, partnering you in your efforts to eat more healthily.
CHICKEN WILL CROSS THE ROAD...AND SO MUCH MORE.
Expect the spotlight to swing towards chicken this year. Watch too for exciting twists on how meat is prepared to deliver a real kick of flavour; smoking and curing (and, yes, even fermentation) will produce scrumptious new takes on old favourites.
TEA IS THE NEW COFFEE.
White, green, Oolong, black, aged, first flush, second flush and so many more ways to enjoy our national drink. Tea bars are coming to the high street to challenge the dominance of the coffee shop.
WORLD CUISINE CONTINUES TO THRIVE.
Our love affair with global taste sensations goes from strength to strength. This year, look out for influences from Indonesia, Lebanon and the Caribbean joining more established favourites from Mexico and Asia. And the build up to Rio 2016 will up the Brazilian influence.
2013 ALSO HOLDS...ARTISANAL BREAD...GOURMET POPCORN...GOCHUJANG, A KOREAN HOT SAUCE...SOUR TRUMPS SWEET...FRUIT COMBINED WITH SAVOURY FLAVOURS...DONUTS AS THE NEW CUPCAKE...RAMEN NOODLES...AND SO MUCH MORE BRITISH CHEFS ARE DREAMING UP RIGHT NOW.
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Sterling-Rice Group (2013), ’10 cutting-edge dining trends of 2013’ [online]. (Accessed 6 January 2013).