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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. We surveyed 700 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation – to identify the hottest menu trends for 2018.

Top Menu Trends

“Local, vegetable-forward, and ethnic-inspired menu items will reign supreme on menus in the upcoming year. Guests are implementing these trends in their own lifestyles and want to see them reflected in the food they eat at restaurants. In response, chefs are creating more items in-house and turning to global flavors to infuse their menus.”
- Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of research

Full results of What's Hot in 2018 (pdf)

What's Hot in 2018 news release

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