Top 10 food and drink trends for 2018

Plant-based cuisine

The trend for ditching meat, or at least eating less of it, has been bubbling away for a while now. In 2015 one of France’s most decorated chefs, Alain Ducasse, made the audacious move of turning his acclaimed eponymous restaurant at the Plaza Athénée hotel in Paris meat free – and in meat mad France no less.

We predict that 2018 will be a marker in the sand when veggie and vegan cuisine goes mainstream. Once frowned upon as the preserve of sandal-wearing hippies, diners are becoming more conscious of what they eat and how it impacts on the environment.

Documentaries like Cowspiracy and What the Health have flagged up the benefits of a plant-based diet, and vegetarian, vegan and plant-based restaurants are on the rise on London, from Camilla Fayed’s Farmacy in Notting Hill and Essence in Shoreditch to popular newcomer Ceremony in Tufnell Park, which bills itself as a restaurant where the dishes just happen to contain no meat.

This year will see the opening of New York vegan café By Chloe in Covent Garden. But meat free food needn’t always be virtuous – this year will also usher in the rise of ‘dirty’ vegan venues spearheaded by the likes of Temple of Seitan in Shoreditch, which specialises in vegan fast food.

Late last year, celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine pushed vegan fast food at her Pure Filth pop-up at the Tate Modern, where black bean burgers in beetroot buns, sweet potato fries and vegan milkshakes headlined on the menu.

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