What’s Hot Culinary Forecast 2020

Plant-based everything, eco-friendly packaging, revamped classic cocktails, healthy bowls, zero waste and much more…


The What’s Hot survey was conducted by the National Restaurant Association in November-December 2019. More than 600 American Culinary Federation chefs answered an online survey in which they were given a list of 133 items in 12 categories identified in partnership with Technomic Inc. Asked to rate how hot they thought each would be on a scale from sizzling hot to steaming, simmering and just room temperature, the results are here!


You’ll recognize some top trends; others will surprise you, and all of them have the potential to increase your sales and boost your bottom line. 


How will you use the restaurant industry’s hot trends in 2020?


Top 10 overall restaurant trends for 2020

  1. Eco-friendly packaging

  2. Scratchmade

  3. Plant-based proteins

  4. Healthy bowls

  5. Creativity with catering

  6. Delivery-friendly menu items

  7. Revamped classic cocktails

  8. Stress relievers (ingredients that promote relaxation/relieve stress)

  9. Specialty burger blends (mushroom-beef burgers, etc.)

  10. Unique beef and pork cuts