foodora and renowned chefs reveal food trends to look forward to in the coming year
On Dec. 1, foodora, the on-demand food delivery service, along with top-notch chefs from across the country revealed their predictions for how Canadians will be eating in 2018. From Vancouver to Quebec City, foodora delved deep with experts from leading restaurants to get their take on the trends Canadian foodies can anticipate next year.
“foodora and our restaurant partners give our customers the chance to enjoy delicious food anywhere,” said David Albert, foodora Canada Managing Director. “It’s only fitting that our team of culinary experts sink their teeth into industry trends and professional experience to uncover what Canadians will be craving in the new year.”
From nostalgic favourites with unexpected twists to meatless masterpieces, the foodora team uncovered a plethora of food trends. Here are the top trends from coast to coast that will hit the spot next year:
High quality, local ingredients
According to Chef Mark Carillo of Calgary’s FOO Asian Street Food, there will be continued demand for higher quality and local ingredients at a competitive price point. This shift will permeate all areas of cuisine, including fast and casual dining. “The demand for real food and not the processed sort that is usually found in a fast casual setting will have to reconcile with quick and convenient nutritional food to meet the expectations of savvy Canadian foodies,” says Chef Carillo.
foodora exclusive dish: Mumbai Curried Stir Fry – Chicken, shrimp, shanghai noodles, market Vegetables, chili, fresh herbs and bean sprouts.
There is something comforting about revisiting childhood dishes that transport you to simpler times. That’s why Toronto’s Ufficio believes modern twists on classic dishes will boom in 2018. “With all trends, everything comes back,” says Chef Ivana Raca, Chopped Canada champion. “That’s why we reinvented a classic dish and brought it back with foodora.”
foodora exclusive dish: Pomodoro Ricotta Gnocchi – Ricotta gnocchi, pomodoro, homemade straciatelle cheese and shaved bottarga.
In recent years, there has been significant emphasis on health and wellness. Many are forgoing meat all together in the name of nutrition and in the year ahead this trend is expected to continue according to Chef Eric Hanson of Edmonton’s Prairie Noodle Shop. With some of the world’s most noteworthy chefs embracing plant driven cuisine, this is an area that is constantly embracing innovation and new flavours.
foodora exclusive dish: Grilled Albertan Red Kuri Squash – A locally grown winter squash full of vitamins brushed with miso glaze and grilled to order.
Extending a taste of summer
In Montreal, Bird Bar’s Kimberly Lallouz predicts big things for prolonging the flavours of everyone’s favourite season – summer! ‘We’re bringing summer back with caliente fried chicken and we think other restaurants will be inspired by warmer months too,” says Chef Kimberly Lallouz. “Incorporating a little latin twist during the cold winter months keeps foodies warm and taste buds satisfied!”
foodora Exclusive dish: Nacho Business 3 piece – 3 pieces of nacho-crusted chicken with smoky chipotle and house ranch sauces, corn bread with honey butter, and homemade pickles.
Skip the utensils
Occasionally it’s more fun to get a little messy and that’s why Colin Staus and Robert Belchan of Monarch Burger in Vancouver cite eating with your hands as a trend to watch in 2018. From juicy burgers to expertly fried appetizers with delectable dips, sometimes food just tastes better when you do away with the fork and knife and dive right in.
foodora Exclusive dish: Onion Rings with Honey Mustard Dip – Crispy onion rings paired with a sweet and tangy honey mustard dip
Fake it until you make it
2018 is the year of fake meat with veganism reigning supreme. According to Chef Louis Bouchard Trudeau from Quebec City’s Le Pied Bleu and Le Renard et la Chouette, “Veganism and vegetarianism will hold their own with everything from seafood charcuterie to stews – it’s the year of plant-based alternatives!”
foodora Exclusive dish: Faux Beef Bourguignon – house seitan, smoked tofu, carrots, celery, mushrooms, onions, red wine sauce with spices
foodora is dedicated to bringing food lovers around the world their favourite meals from curated local restaurants. Since its creation, the on-demand food delivery service has grown to more than 9,000 partner restaurants in more than 65 cities across 10 countries globally. foodora is active in Austria, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden in Europe, as well as Australia and Canada. It belongs to Delivery Hero, worldwide leader of the food delivery industry. For more information visit foodora.ca.