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What’s Hot Culinary Forecast

The National Restaurant Association’s annual What’s Hot culinary forecast predicts food and menu trends for the coming year. For 2017, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,300 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) to find out what the hottest menu trends will be.

Top Menu Trends

“Menu trends today are beginning to shift from ingredient-based items to concept-based ideas, mirroring how consumers tend to adapt their activities to their overall lifestyle philosophies, such as environmental sustainability and nutrition. Also among the top trends for 2017 we’re seeing several examples of house-made food items and various global flavors, indicating that chefs and restaurateurs are further experimenting with from-scratch preparation and a broad base of flavors.”    
- Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the National Restaurant Association’s research and knowledge group

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