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A lot of food trends that are set to dominate in 2021 were gaining momentum in the last year. As the pandemic continues globally, people continue to cook at home, order take-out and support more local eateries. Read on to find out how we will be eating and what we’ll be cooking at home this year.
Meal Kits From Chefs
Food deliveries have become more common than ever, and meal kits have once again gained popularity in 2020 as lockdowns continue to take place around the world. Establishments like your neighbourhood cafes and your favourite fine dining haunts are jumping on the bandwagon. Even legendary Michelin-Starred Chef Daniel Boulud joined in the hype by rolling out specially curated meal kits nationwide in the US, giving home cooks a chance to perfect his French classics.
Supporting Local Businesses
Traveling abroad and even cross-country trips continue to take a dip in 2021. This, however, will benefit your local eateries as many have shifted their interest to exploring neighbourhood businesses. The community spirit of keeping local businesses afloat contributes to this renewed appreciation for what small businesses and local food artisans have to offer.
Plant-based items are still trending in 2021. The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s study revealed that 28 percent of people in the US have been eating more protein from plant sources during the pandemic. Although not in large numbers, many around the world have been doing the same. There is no concrete reason why this is happening, but experts have listed shortages of certain items in grocery stores and attempts to use quarantines as a way to get healthier.
Breakfast Is Essential
With more time spent at home, we actually have time to think about breakfast. Those days of rushing out of the house with a granola bar to munch on the way to work are definitely on hold. You can expect to see more Instagrams about meal prepping breakfast sandwiches and new fast-food breakfast items being released. A TikTok breakfast wrap hack went viral with many trying to replicate the recipe.
Social media platforms have been good sources of food trends and it has encouraged many to polish their cooking crafts. Remember the Dalgona Coffee challenge that was the rage in 2020? Most of these cooking crafts are simple to follow and it has encouraged us to literally play with our food. From the beginnings of whipped coffee and pancake cereal, the trend of crafting simple yet delectable goodies is set to stay this year.
Virtual Cooking Classes
Chefs and cookbook writers were mostly left stranded when the pandemic hit. Many turned to social media to host live cooking via Instagram and Facebook Live. Italian Michelin-starred chef, Massimo Bottura was one out of many who hosted live cooking classes on Instagram. Others are doing the same and are gaining more audience and online ‘students’ who now have more time to indulge in virtual cooking classes.
Imperfect Home Cooking
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned cook or a newbie who didn’t know how to boil ramen noodles. Last year, most of us embraced imperfect home cooking and weren’t afraid to share our efforts on social media. Comedian, Amy Schumer turned her inability to cook into a self-shot show, with her husband, Chris Fischer as her culinary instructor. Just like Schumer, we’re all making more effort to prepare home-cooked meals, perfect or not.
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