It’s clear that 2020 hasn’t gotten off to the start we were anticipating. Up to now, we haven’t had time to experience or even put into practice many of the things we thought were going to be trends in the gastronomy industry, although there is a new one that we added during lockdown: live broadcasts on Instagram of recipes from top chefs. We’re going to skip that one for now, though. So, what were the other gastronomy trends for 2020?
The unstoppable growth of healthy food
We saw out 2019 and rang in 2020 with a trend that hasn’t stopped growing in popularity: eating well and healthily. The healthy food trend is more than just a fad, though, with healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle having become fundamental for many people. We’re seeking out organic products more and more, especially those produced locally, and we’re increasingly eliminating or limiting consumption of processed foods or foods with additives. While 2019 was the year of nootropic foods that promote cognitive function, 2020 has to be the year of anti-aging foods with powerful antioxidant properties, such as broccoli, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, nuts, grapes, garlic and black garlic, dark chocolate (at least 80% and with no added sugar), legumes, cinnamon, and red fruits.
Obsession with fermented foods
Kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir… These were all names you probably weren’t familiar with just a few years ago, whereas today they’re now part of our vocabulary. Fermented foods will stay on the list of the trendiest healthy foods this year.
Even fast food goes gourmet
Another trend that was already showing promise in 2019 was gourmet fast food. This was thanks, in particular, to the food trucks that were a firm fixture at the majority of events and markets all over the country. Sandwiches made with choice cuts of meat such as Iberian pork secreto are just one example of the high-quality fast food with a gourmet touch that was tempting gourmands’ taste buds.
Is it time for jackfruit’s day in the sun?
This superfood is used frequently by vegetarians as a meat substitute, and even though things were on the up for jackfruit in 2019, it didn’t end up becoming really established. Still, Whole Foods’ annual report says that starting this year, it will go global like coconut or papaya once did. We’ll see!
Getting back to basics
To finish, it’s worth noting that more traditional cuisine will be making a comeback. The trend will no longer be looking for original recipes, but rather for those that have stood the test of time. Signature dishes, but strongly rooted in old favorites. There’s no need to innovate, but rather doing well what you already know and doing it with a good product.
What do you think? Would you add anything else? There’s bound to be more, so we’ll be keeping an eye out! There’s still a lot of 2020 left to go for us to add to this list.