It should come as no surprise that I love to cook. My kitchen is my happy place. It’s where in a pair of pink striped pajama pants with my hair a top my head in a hot mess and the radio blaring I feel most creative. Good thing my office attire is casual ; ) You could also say I like playing with knives. Flavor pairings excite me. I love the challenge of opening up the fridge and finding something to throw together for dinner in a hurry. Something that’s not only edible but delicious. That moment when you find unconventional flavors that wouldn’t typically be put together and yet you do and it works. Sweet Sweet Victory.
Speaking of flavors, want to know who’s really good at forecasting flavors? Specifically predicting what’s hot and on trend? Spice giant, McCormick that’s who. Every year McCormick comes out with a Flavor Forecast. A detailed report that gives us a peak into the future of flavor. I had a chance to interview Chef Mark Garcia from McCormick who was instrumental (along with a team of culinary professionals from around the world) in creating the forecast. I was impressed to find out how much research and effort goes into putting together the report. It’s a YEAR long process. Their forecast has been a leader in identifying emerging culinary trends that inspire a passion for flavor since 2000. Their global forecast pinpoints the forces that will drive culinary innovation around the world in the coming years. That’s a big task and they’re up for the challenge.
Want a peak into what flavors are going to be hot in 2013? If you’re anything like me and don’t like surprises then you do. Here they are the 5 Trends of Global Flavor for 2013:
- No Apologies Necessary – enjoying a gratifying escape from the everyday through the use of bold and lavish flavors.
- Personally Handcrafted – a very personal and unique way of expressing ourselves through food.
- Empowered Eating – learning how to eat healthfully and balanced in a way that suits ourselves, using spices to enhance flavors to keep ourselves satisfied.
- Hidden Potential – discovering ways to use up every last bit of ingredients.
- Global My Way – an adventurous and nontraditional approach of combining ethnic cuisines to new flavors.
I am really excited about each and every one of these trends. I love the No Apologies Necessary for it’s use of big and bold flavors. Personally Handcrafted, obvious I am a feeder and this speaks to me. Empowered Eating: we could all use a little more balance. Hidden Potential: This is fantastic, you know how much I hate to waste food and Global My Way speaks to the rebel in me.
Which trends grab your attention?
Disclaimer:This post is sponsored by McCormick. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.
Recipe inspired and adapted from McCormick