WASHINGTON - Plant-based ingredients, including cannabis and CBD, and zero-waste cooking will be the hottest overall culinary trends of 2019, new research from the National Restaurant Association finds.
According to the Association’s 2019 What’s Hot Culinary Survey, a barometer of US food and beverage trends, 650 professional chefs – all members of the American Culinary Federation – said infusing food and drink with cannabis and CBD could create unique cuisine opportunities and potential new markets for experiential dining occasions.
Chefs ranked 140 items – from all-day breakfast to zero-waste cooking – as “hot", “yesterday’s news” or “perennial favorite.” The resulting What’s Hot list gives a preview of the food, beverages and culinary themes that will be the talk of 2019.
Nearly 77 percent of the chefs ranked cannabis/CBD-infused drinks as the No 1 trend, and 76 percent of them tapped cannabis/CBD-infused food as the second most popular. Seventy percent ranked zero-waste cooking as the third most popular trend.
However, as chefs and restaurateurs consider incorporating the ingredients into menu items, association officials stressed that operators follow all laws,when selling or using those items at their restaurants.