"As we become more connected, our world gets smaller—presenting an opportunity to understand how and why dishes came to be. If you dive deep into any particular cuisine, you’ll find that traditions, seasonality and storytelling are just as important as the ingredients themselves."
- Chef Mark Serice Vice President Global Culinary, Griffith Foods
Let’s explore our Top Trends of 2023!
RISE AND SHINE
Chef Tip: Serving up the perfect poached egg is a “must” for a successful breakfast or brunch menu—but it doesn’t have to be an arduous task. Bring water and vinegar to a boil, stir and quickly crack the eggs into the swirling water. Once cooked, they can be placed in room-temperature water and sit for up to an hour before serving. A quick dip in boiling water will reheat them perfectly!
CHICKEN TAKES FLIGHT
Chef Tip: Looking for the secret to signature chicken? Start by brining your chicken, then briefly poach and quickly chill in ice water to tighten the skin. Pat the chicken dry, lightly season and roast at a high temperature for the ultimate roasted chicken—perfectly crispy skin and juicy, flavorful meat that will keep customers coming back for more.
A WORLD OF BARBECUE
Chef Tip: It’s not just about the meat. Barbecue techniques can be applied to the preparation of pineapple, pears, peaches or plums, resulting in grilled fruit that adds flavor, texture and overall interest to barbecued meat entrées. Grilled fruit also makes for an excellent dessert, especially when paired with spice-infused cream.
A TASTE OF MEXICO
Chef Tip: Nothing beats the taste and texture of salsa prepared with a traditional molcajete (mortar) and tejolote (pestle). Be sure to dry roast dried chilies, garlic, onion and tomatoes in a hot pan without additional fat to enhance the depth of their flavors.
THE BUZZ ON HONEY
Chef Tip: Spice-infused honey adds the perfect finishing touch to any savory dish. Simmer warm spices together with honey, considering such combinations as ginger and lavender, cumin and black pepper or black cardamom and star anise.
Chef Tip: Creating a mashup of two authentic dishes, such as Sichuan mapo tofu and Canadian poutine, can bring a f lavor experience to new heights. In this case, swap the french fries for crispy polenta sticks and top with spicy, mouth-numbing mapo tofu instead of gravy and cheese curds. This reimagined take will set your menu apart.
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