Here are the top food trends identified by chefs for 2018:

  • House-made condiments
  • Street food-inspired dishes
  • Ethnic-inspired breakfast items
  • Sustainable seafood

Here are the top concept trends identified by the chefs for 2018:

  • Hyper-local
  • Chef-driven fast casual concepts
  • Natural ingredients/clean menus
  • Food waste reduction
  • Vegetable-forward cuisine 

“Local, vegetable-forward, and ethnic-inspired menu items will reign supreme in 2018. Guests are implementing these trends into their own lifestyles and want to see them reflected on restaurant menus. In response, chefs are creating more items in-house and turning to global flavors,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of research at the National Restaurant Association.