Food is like fashion - what is in vogue today, could be off the menu tomorrow.
In the Spring 2020 issue of Halal Consumer Magazine, Chef Demetrios Haralambatos, Corporate Executive Chef for Kontos Foods, provides a “dictionary” of culinary treasures expected to become prominent over the next five years.
Chef Demetrios, who is a regular contributor to Halal Consumer, a publication from the Islamic Food & Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), cites trending ethnic cuisines. For instance, Americans first embraced Italian and Chinese food and then Mexican and regional Southern and Tex Mex cuisines. More recently, he says, Greek, Indian, Jamaican, Japanese and Thai cuisines have gained popularity as well.
The next ethnic cuisines expected to hit the American culinary spotlight include: Egyptian, Lebanese, Moroccan, Palestinian, Persian and Turkish cuisines. While these these cuisines are currently available in select demographic areas, more restaurants featuring them are opening, and it is anticipated that they will also become mainstream.
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Tahini is a condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds. It is served by itself as a dip or as a major ingredient in baba ghanoush, halva, and hummus. Try it in brownies and other sweets.