Gone are the days when “American Chinese” or “American Italian” was the accepted norm. Consumers want chefs to create authentic dishes using traditional seasonings and ingredients and across all day-parts. As a result, the food industry has already seen the growth of dishes and flavors inspired by Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Argentina, Brazil and the Middle East.
Not only are foods continuing to go global, but so are cooking methods. According to the 2017 McCormick Flavor Forecast, a plancha, which is a thick, flat slab of cast iron, is making its way to the United States. The plancha is commonly used in Spain, France’s Basque region and Mexico. Known for creating a smoky sear and flavor crust, this cooking accoutrement is perfect for everything from meats and seafood to vegetables.