The start of another decade offers a great opportunity to reflect on just how dynamic and fast-moving the restaurant industry truly is. Read on for a look at the most anticipated and innovative dishes, flavors, ingredients and philosophies that chefs will explore in 2020.
1. More plant-based items:
The meat alternative and plant-based food were a trend back in 2019 and it seems they would continue into 2020, according to Whole Foods. Would you imagine that burgers will be composed of a mix of beef and plant-based ingredients, in the year to come?
“Overall consumers have been encouraged to consume less red meat and food companies/restaurants are responding. Perhaps more ‘hot-dogs’ and ‘chicken-tenders’ will be next!” says Keri Gans, RD.
Whereas Laura Iu, RD says “They’ve always been around, but as people become more conscious about the sourcing of foods, plant-based proteins will likely gain more momentum in 2020,”
According to Whole Foods 2020 Trend Report, mung bean, hemp seed, pumpkin, avocado, watermelon seed, and golden chlorella will be used as protein sources in 2020, since they offer a spectrum of plant-based amino acids.
2. A Variety of Non-Dairy Milk:
The choices for milk alternatives are getting larger in 2020. There is now coconut, rice, hemp, and oat milks, in addition to soymilk and almond milk.
These dairy alternatives might be used in coffee creamers and other places where dairy milk is traditionally used such as yogurts, cheeses, and ice cream.
Using cauliflower as a healthier alternative for more carb-heavy ingredients such as pizza crust, rice isn’t exclusive for 2020. However, this trend is definitely predicted to stay for the upcoming year.
Grubhub’s “Taste of 2019” report revealed that cauliflower pizza was the most ordered food of the year.
4. Flour Substitutes:
Almond flour, coconut flour and flour made from spent grain might not be new options. However, banana and cauliflower flour will be trending in 2020.
Flours substitutes are made from fruits and vegetables. They will continue to appear in baking tortilla chips, doughnuts and other goods made from alternative flours.
According to the Whole Foods trend report, fruit and vegetable flour with protein and fiber to make their way to baking aisles soon. They predicted that tigernut flour might be used in chips, snack foods, and pastries.
5. Everything Butters and Spreads:
Gone are the days where peanut butter and jelly were the only popular thing to spread.
Watermelon seed butter, chickpea butter, and macadamia nut butter are joining the list of trending foods in 2020, in addition to more flavors of cashew butter and almond butter.
Whole Foods Market team is predicting creamier vegan spreads made from nuts and seeds. This is because brands intend to eliminate the use of palm oil or create a sustainable one. They are looking to use nuts that are grown in ways with less likelihood to affect the environment.