TORONTO, March 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Variety is the hottest trend in Canadian
restaurants this year, according to CRFA's annual survey of Canadian
chefs. Chefs identified trends from all over the menu.
The top 10 Canadian menu trends consumers will see in restaurants this
Locally produced and locally inspired dishes
Gluten-free/ food allergy conscious
Farm-/ estate-branded ingredients
Food trucks/ street food
Ethnic/ street food inspired appetizers (e.g. tempura, taquitos)
Non-wheat noodles or pasta (e.g. quinoa, rice, buckwheat)
Ancient grains (e.g. kamut, spelt, amaranth)
Locally produced food was the top item for the fourth year in a row.
Top 10 up and comers for 2013 Up and comers are menu items that could be the next hot trend, as
interest in these items is quickly increasing.
House-made soft drinks
Kid-friendly versions of adult dining options
Underutilized fish (e.g. mackerel, bluefish, redfish)
Detailed survey results are available online at http://www.crfa.ca/pdf/chefsurvey_2013_english.pdf and www.restaurantcentral.ca. The document breaks down the top five results in 14 categories,
including this year's most popular preparation methods, side dishes,
spices and non-alcoholic beverages.
Cooking with tea, fermenting, dairy-free milk and Brazilian cuisine are
some of the rising stars on the detailed up and comers list.
The chef survey also outlines what items chefs have seen decline in
popularity. For the first time, liquid nitrogen chilling made it onto
both the Up and Coming trends and Yesterday's news lists, indicating
that chefs are divided on the status of the molecular cooking
About the survey
More than 350 professional chefs identified what's hot in the Canadian
Restaurant and Foodservices Association's (CRFA's) fourth annual
Canadian Chef Survey. The survey was conducted by independent market
research firm BrandSpark International in January 2013. Chefs were
asked to rate the popularity of a variety of menu items and cooking
methods and identify hot trends. A special thanks to the Canadian
Culinary Federation for their participation.
CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with more than
30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions
and other foodservice providers. Canada's restaurant industry employs
more than one million people in communities across the country.
SOURCE: Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
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