Leading trends in food items on restaurant menus in the U.S. 2018

This statistic shows the leading 20 trends in food items on restaurant menus in the United States as forecasted by professional chefs for 2018. During the survey, 69 percent of the respondents stated that new cuts of meat (e.g. shoulder tender, oyster steak) would be a "hot trend" for restaurant menus in 2018.

Leading trends in food items on restaurant menus in the United States in 2018*

Share of respondents
New cuts of meat (e.g. shoulder tender, oyster steak, Vegas Strip Steak, Merlot cut)69%
African flavors69%
Doughnuts with non-traditional filling (e.g. liqueur, Earl Grey cream)64%
Ethnic-inspired kids' dishes (e.g. tacos, teriyaki, sushi)64%
Street food-inspired dishes (e.g. tempura, kabobs, dumplings, pupusas)64%
House-made condiments64%
Gourmet items in kids' meals63%
Ethnic-inspired breakfast items (e.g. Asia-flavored syrups, Chorizo scrambled eggs, coconut milk pancakes)63%
Ethnic condiments (e.g. sriracha, sambal, chimichurri, gochujang, zhug)62%
Thai-rolled ice cream62%
Sustainable seafood62%
Ancient grains (e.g. kamut, spelt, amaranth, lupin)61%
Uncommon herbs (e.g. chervil, lovage, lemon balm, papalo)61%
Authentic ethnic cuisine61%
Healthful kids' meals61%
Vegetable carb substitutes (e.g. cauliflower rice, zucchini spaghetti)61%
Ethnic spices (e.g. harissa, curry, peri peri, ras el hanout, shichimi)60%
Peruvian cuisine60%
House-made/artisan pickles60%
Heritage-breed meats60%
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Source

Release date

January 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

October to November 2017

Number of respondents

700 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

chef members of the American Culinary Federation

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* Forecast.
The survey was conducted among professional chef members of the American Culinary Federation. The chefs were given a list of 161 items and were asked to rate each item as a "hot trend," "yesterday's news" or "perennial favorite" for restaurant menus in 2018.

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