Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development




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“One of the most exciting ingredients I’ve discovered recently is Brazil’s baru nut. It has a flavor similar to a roasted peanut and is packed with protein and other nutrients. We are experimenting with dishes using this ingredient. As for fun flavor combinations, we have a ‘pink tart’ on our menu. We took a traditional Key lime pie and put a twist on it by adding ube powder, providing a great flavor and, more importantly, a beautiful magenta color.”

—Matt Padilla, Culinary Innovation Director, True Food Kitchen, based in Phoenix

In the first half of a two-part Flavor Discovery series, chefs share unique ingredients and concepts inspiring their culinary creativity.


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