Virtual Cooking Classes, Heritage Cooking Among Food and Cooking Trends For 2021

Cooking at Taste of Arlington Heights near Harmony Park, August 2012
Cooking at Taste of Arlington Heights near Harmony Park, August 2012.

There are several different cooking trends that are emerging in 2021. Discover the ones that are worth watching and what you can gain from each.

Every year, many new food fads arise that change the way we look at our meals. It can be something as simple as where the food is from, or a seismic shift like what the food is made of. As the calendar rolls over, here are the five food and cooking trends for 2021 that will define the year.

Kick Up the Spices

As the popularity of television and internet shows such as “Hot Ones” continues to climb, so too will the prevalence of an extra kick at the dinner table. The trend of spices will continue into the new year, meaning that it will need to be kicked up a notch to stay exciting. While in the past, spices such as salt and pepper were all that was necessary to season a meal, flavor-boosted sauces are now becoming the norm.

Upcycled Products

Another area that is expected to see continued growth in the new year is upcycled food products. These are food products that are made from the underused and neglected parts of its ingredients to reduce food waste. This is especially important in a time of crisis like we’ve seen with the COVID-19 pandemic. These upcycled foods are seeing a rise in popularity from millennials and Gen-X consumers who value sustainable and environmentally friendly foods.

Hot Breakfast

A trend that has fallen by the wayside is starting to come back in the form of a hot breakfast, even on weekdays. Driven by purchasing food from local grocers, farmer’s markets, and butcher shops, there is a need to use food before it goes to waste. A great way to incorporate fresh food is in a hot breakfast each morning that consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, and freshly prepared sausage.

Cooking at Taste of Arlington Heights near Harmony Park, August 2012
Cooking at Taste of Arlington Heights near Harmony Park, August 2012.

Heritage Cooking

There has been a steady increase in immigrant cooking showing up in local restaurants and this trend, called heritage cooking, is expected to continue to blossom in 2021. Many immigrants or the children of immigrants are proud to share the recipes that they grew up making in their own kitchens. This trend goes along with the increased focus on ancestry in recent years. As people learn more about where their family tree sprouted its roots, they have a desire to reconnect with that side of their heritage, and food is a great way to reestablish those bonds.

Virtual Classes

The last of the five food and cooking trends for 2021 is the growth of virtual cooking classes. Just like students are now taking part in remote learning, adults can take this opportunity to enroll in a virtual cooking class to improve their culinary prowess. This has the benefit of teaching a useful skill and can help reestablish the bonds of human connection after so long in isolation. Don’t be afraid to experiment with lesser-known meat cuts, even if the recipes don’t call for them. Experimentation is one of the best parts about cooking, and giving a recipe your own spin will make the learning process more enjoyable.

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