Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chef's Think Local is Hot in 2010 (again!)

The results are in from the annual National Restaurant Association survey of American Culinary Federation member chefs. The results are a comprehensive culinary forecast including a menu trends prediction report. More than 1,800 professional chefs ranked nearly 215 culinary items as a "hot trend," "yesterday’s news," or "perennial favorite" on restaurant menus in 2010.

The results are exciting!

Ranking in the Top 20 Trends are:
#1 Locally Grown Produce, #2 Locally Sourced Meats and Seafood, #3 Sustainability, #10 Sustainable Seafood, #12 Organic Produce and #20 Fruit/Vegetable Children's Side Items.

View the entire What's Hot in 2010 Chef Survey.

If you are looking to market your produce to restaurants this survey is a valuable guide!

Some of the specific items on the list of What's Hot Produce are:
#1 Locally grown produce, #3 Organic produce, #5 Micro-veggies/micro-greens, #6 Heirloom tomatoes, #7 Specialty potatoes, #8 Fresh herbs, #11 Root vegetables, #12 Fresh beans, #15 Ramps (a WNC Local Favorite!) and #17 Jerusalem artichokes. Just to name a few.

Last year's list was had many similar items. View my post from last year and the What's Hot in 2009 Chef Survey here.

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