What are 2020’s culinary trends released by Les Dames d’Escoffier?

What are 2020’s culinary trends released by Les Dames d’Escoffier?


Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), a worldwide philanthropic organization of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality, revealed data gathered from its international membership of over 2,400. 

It forecasts the most innovative trends in the culinary and cultural landscape for the next year. The report focuses on international, restaurant, catering, retail food, health and lifestyle, children, environmental policy and beverage trends looking at what’s emerging, slowing down and just around the corner in the culinary and hospitality industries.   

According to Les Dames d’Escoffier International President Bev Shaffer, “Les Dames d’Escoffier members are on the cutting-edge in the food, fine beverage, and hospitality professions and have generously shared their knowledge, expertise and analysis in this insightful trend study.” 


World Influencers: Mexico, Latin America, South East Asia, North and East Africa, the Balkans and Caucasus

Foods to watch for: Insects, regional chilis and spice blends, flatbreads, risotto made with fish and a full Japanese breakfast including rice, soup, vegetables and protein.


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Emerging: CBD menus, upcycling, cashless, and cash-free

Established: Plant-based, pop-up/experiential and chef-driven, as well as fast casual

Making a Comeback: Family friendly, small plates and food halls

Health and Lifestyle

Emerging: CBD foods and drinks, plant-based meat/meat substitutes and eating for health/beauty benefits, gut health and clean eating

Established: Vegan, vegetarian cuisine and eating for health/beauty benefits

At its Peak: Non-dairy Beverages, Paleo Diet and Ketogenic Diet


Emerging: CBD infused, Lesser Known Wine Varietals and Regions, Low alcohol cocktails and mocktails

Established: Craft/artisan/locally produced, lesser known wine varietals and regions and fermented drinks

At its Peak: Cold brew, sparkling water and seltzer and cold pressed juice

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