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Chefs employ modern approaches to the art of smoke
Color is becoming a more significant factor in menu development
This Taro Root Nest features spiralized taro root, deep fried at a low temperature until super crispy
John Baez is executive chef of the Rainforest Cafe, a family-oriented themed concept that is part of Landry’s, Inc
Justin Cucci is the executive chef/owner of Edible Beats restaurant group, based in Denver
The humble sweet potato offers tremendous menu versatility and opportunity
Travis G. Peters is the chef/owner of The Parish, a Southern fusion gastropub in Tucson, Ariz
We’re tracking ajvar, a red bell pepper- and oil-based condiment from the Balkans
New dimensions for the craveable fifth taste
Bold condiments from this global hotspot serve as high-impact ingredients
Alejandro Benes is the director of culinary development for Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, an American concept based in Westlake Village, Calif.
We’ve got our eye on miso caramel, which takes the salty-sweet win and introduces a craveable element of umami
Functional ingredients find a mainstream home in plant-forward burgers
Uncommon flavors and techniques that deliver surprise and delight
Tap the potato for innovative techniques in filling, binding and thickening
These two lesser known ingredients provide big menu impact
Smoke’s distinctive air is wafting into new categories, including cocktails, fruit, vegetables and honey. Here are 10 trend-forward ideas for featuring creative smoked options on your menu.
Estevan Jimenez is the executive chef and culinary instructor at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus in Salinas, Calif. He shares five flavors that inspire his culinary creativity.
Modern applications of compressed watermelon featured at two Oakland, Calif., restaurants
Chefs across the country are taking something inherently craveable and familiar — cheese — and relying on it to elevate a menu item. Infinitely adaptable and universally loved, cheese offers a sound strategy in modern menu development. Here’s what’s hitting creative menus today.
Timothy Griffin is the director of culinary innovation at Kona Grill, an upscale casual grill based in Scottsdale, Arizona. We asked him to share a flavor trifecta that demonstrates creative, unexpected flavor play.
Jonathan Rohland is the culinary director of Bartaco, a “beach-culture inspired” restaurant brand based in Norwalk, Conn., with 15 locations mostly on the East Coast. He shares five flavors that inspire his culinary creativity.
Luca Brunelle, executive chef for The Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs, shares his five flavors that inspire culinary creativity.
John State, culinary director at Disneyland Resort, shares the trifecta of flavors that inspires him.
Gerry Ludwig calls out three leading-edge ingredients, showcased at the CIA’s Worlds of Flavor conference.
This Grass-Fed Aussie Beef Sous Vide in Grass-Fed Butter is a prime example of a modern entrée that pays serious attention to both flavor detail and integrity of product.
The array of moles, served on a wooden platter with rice, demonstrates the menu potential of this craveable sauce.
Leverage butter’s magical ability to enrich and lengthen flavor experience while carrying trending flavors flawlessly
The potential flavor combinations and ingredients that work in compound butters are virtually endless
Buttermilk + Shiso leaf + White soy sauce
Wherever there’s a need for a distinctive, unexpected punch, Sambal shines brightly
Nels Storm introduces five flavors that inspire culinary creativity
Quinn Adkins introduces this go-to trifecta of cornmeal, blackberries, and Texas Pete® Honey Mustard Sauce
Six ways to maximize the popularity and versatility of cheese
Modern flavor trends are informing creative iterations of America’s favorite sandwich, the grilled cheese
Matthia Accurso's go-to flavor trifecta: Texas Pete Hot Sauce, Gruyère and fresh apple
Kevin Atkinson's go-to flavor trifecta: harissa, mustard and avocado
Five flavors that inspire culinary creativity, suggested by Eric Lucas Clarke of MAD Greens.
James Pitzer's flavor find - house-pickled raspberries
Sam Kim's go-to flavor trifecta: cumin, ginger and Sichuan peppercorns
Five flavors that inspire culinary creativity, suggested by Eric Gabrynowicz of Tupelo Honey
Alex Q. Becker's flavor find is a craveable fresh corn tempura