Restaurants Canada’s 8th annual Canadian Chefs’ survey tells what’s trending now and what the up and comers are as well. Of the 20 chef trends mentioned in the research, here are our TOP 7 favourites with insights from our food forward health conscious perspective.
Locally sourced foods – eating what’s in season where you live is a terrific way to discover seasonal foods. Local is a perennial favourite of dietitians, chefs and consumers alike.
Sustainable seafood – Eating at least two servings of fish each week is recommended as part of healthy eating for all Canadians. Producing safe, sustainable fish is important for the future of food.
Ancient Grains – Canadians like to explore dishes that showcase authentic food from around the world. Discover the heritage of ancient grains and try authentic recipes using kamut, spelt, amaranth and freekeh.
Simplicity / back to basics – Remember family style comfort food meant for sharing? We love the serve-yourself shared dining experience, be it eating out or at home. If you make it yourself or in-house, you’ll add some authenticity that everyone will appreciate.
Veggie centric cuisune. YAY! Veggies are ON TREND which we find very exciting. Aim to have HALF YOUR PLATE as vegetables. Let’s get creative on making veggies more centre-plate.
Craft beers / microbrews – Alcohol in moderation continues to add enjoyment to meals. Remember to follow Canada’s LOW risk drinking guidelines.
It’s Canada’s 150th Birthday – Let’s celebrate our Canadian food heritage! Consumers are ready to embrace this trend. What a great opportunity to boost variety beyond the obvious Canadian foods.
For more foodservice trends and consumer insights, join us at the 10th annual Nutrition for NON-Nutritionists course on April 26, 2017, University of Toronto. Register at www.NutritionForNONNutritionists.com
We recently attended the AMBITION NUTRITION conference at George Brown College in Toronto where academic professionals, dietitians, culinary experts, and industry leaders joined for an interactive day to examine the gaps and opportunities that exist between research, education, nutrition, diet, and culinary arts. Here are some of the top insights posted on twitter by thought leaders at #AmbitionNutrition…
“Public is confused about #nutrition says @Dmozaffarian” @SueMahRD
“@davidludwigmd advice is to replace highly processed casrbs we healthy fats #weightloss” by @SueMahRD
“Lets fall in love with food again! @MichaelMossC” by @SueMahRD
“Nutrition is emotional & personal – 1 person 1 meal at a time struggle” by @LuciaWeilerRD
“Food is #1 cause of poor health in the world-yet NOT on e-health record-pay more attention 2 diet 4 health @Dmozaffarian” by @LuciaWeilerRD
“Diet quality is the driving force behind obesity” @Dmozaffarian by @JenniferSygo
“Eat less and move more” advice (is too simple and) does not work!…” by @JarRraSummer
“Let’s not vilify foods & stop focusing on the bad ~ let’s flip this & add more good “back to basics” food to our day.” @MairlynSmith
“Your diet is like dating. You have to get to know your diet or it will never last.” @DougMcNish
“It’s not the “bad” in the diet that causes problems. It’s too little of the “good” – Eat veg fish beans @Dmozaffarian” @CaraRosenbloom
“It is all about the quality of your diet not calories in/out when it comes to wt loss & risk of disease @Dmozaffarian” by @ShaunaLindzonRD
“Villifying any food may be the gateway to orthorexia @JennSygo” by @TrishBitesLife
“Creating a healthy and positive food environment has to come from the policy level, not the individual level.” @ConfessionsRD
“Good point re: menu labelling – may cause people to choose lower cal options regardless of their quality @Dmozaffarian” by @chelseaallenrd
“Cilantro haters is not your fault! Blame the Soapy taste on your genes!” @elsohemy by @LuciaWeilerRD
“ Chefs make nutrition recos come to life! Dietitian says pick your fave veg oil!” by @LuciaWeilerRD