The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced today that surveys of chefs show nutrition as one of the top menu trends for 2012. The NRA surveyed almost 1,800 professional chefs, who stated that children’s nutrition will be one of the hottest trends on restaurant menus next year. These are the top trends below (note that 3 of them have to do with children):
1. Locally sourced meats and seafood
2. Locally grown produce
3. Healthful Kids’ meals
4. Hyper-local sourcing
6. Children’s nutrition
7. Gluten-free/food allergy conscious
8. Locally-produced wine and beer
9. Sustainable seafood
10. Whole grain items in kid’s meals
While this is a trend that will start in the USA, expect it to also be followed by certain countries as they become more aware of health issues and natural foods.
Here is a video that summarizes some of the findings.