The state of the food nation is still strained as restaurants continue to navigate supply chain and labor challenges, but it’s also exciting as consumers seek out diverse flavors.
While restaurants are recovering, in many cases, they are still focused more on practical solutions than menu innovation. On top of that, no single ingredient in recent years has created the widespread fervor of bacon, avocado, or pumpkin spice.
But broader culinary trends have still taken off. Many U.S. diners are seeking out heat, consuming more plant-based foods, or tasting centuries-old ingredients from across the world for the first time. Several flavors are throwing in their hats to make the transition from trend to menu regular in the country. Let’s see who’s in the running in each race.
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The growing love for these ingredients is proof that American diners are looking to break down culinary boundaries. They want different cultures and flavors on a single plate. Regardless of what the front-running ingredient is, it’s clear that this desire to blend flavors will stick around.
Unlike a real election, there are no losers in these races. One or two of these ingredients might become staples across U.S. restaurant menus in the near future. Or maybe an underdog will take our taste buds by storm. Some have been staples in their communities for years. Regardless, there’s a world of possibilities for these candidates and so many other ingredients to diversify menus and introduce consumers to exciting flavors.
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