2024 food and drink trends predicted by the experts

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From flexitarianism and the rise of sharing plates, to higher demand for whiskies and the rise in under-loved species of fish; here, renowned chefs and drink experts predict what will be the food and drink trends to take 2024 by storm - inspiration for your big-day catering too! 

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Vivek Singh, Executive Chef at The Cinnamon Club
2024 is going to be about flexitarianism, with people making more conscious choices on what they eat to better their health, as well the planet. Diners will be limiting their meat intake, and we will see more restaurants offering alternative dishes to support this lifestyle choice. I've introduced my new 'Flexi-Saag' dish - a hearty spinach and mixed green Saag dish, with veggie and meat options; giving people the flexibility to make their own mindful choices. thecinnamoncollection.com

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Marco Corsica, Head Chef at Bocconcino Mayfair
Sharing plates' popularity will continue to grow next year with more and more menus featuring tapas, cicchetti and mezze. As people look for more cost-effective ways to dine in 2024, smaller sharing options are great for varied budgets, as well as appealing to younger audiences who yearn for more social dining experiences and visually pleasing tablescapes for their feeds. Our new Soho restaurant serves a selection of Italian cicchetti offering our signature Italian dishes in smaller forms so diners can experience as many flavours as possible.
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Jack Stein, Chef Director at Rick Stein Restaurants
There is a big population of crayfish (spiny lobsters) in our seas at the moment, which we haven't seen for a long time, so I'm excited to see more on UK menus. I also think there will be a rise in under-loved species of fish being eaten, such as pouting, dab and whiting as they are lower in price. No-dig agriculture will be a topic of conversation in 2024 – which is agriculture without tilling the soil – as more people are looking to this for environmental benefits and a minimum cultivation approach.
rickstein.com/restaurants

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Kerth Gumbs, Head Chef at Fenchurch, Sky Garden
As we embrace a new year, Fenchurch's mission is clear: to redefine the fine-dining experience. Next year will be about personalised and memorable dining experiences with the return of joy and playfulness to our plates. With a priority on vibrant colours and creative flavours characteristic of Caribbean culture, we look towards a fresher, more exciting 2024 where every plate tells a story. We will also be focussing on health and well-being - our menus will continue to strike a harmonious balance between indulgence and wellness, embracing diverse dietary needs, whether that be plant-based options or dishes crafted with the locally sourced, fresh ingredients. skygarden.london/restaurants/fenchurch

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Hubert Beatson-Hird, Owner Director of Lunar Pub Co (The Apollo Arms, Ganymede, The Hunter's Moon)
Expect to see a focus on quality over quantity in 2024. Consumers will go out to restaurants less but when they do they will spend more desiring top quality food and good, vibey venues. Foie gras has been declining for years and I expect we'll see it vanish off menus next year to be replaced by mushroom parfait, an ingredient that's been on the rise and are already showing up on menus.

Drink: There will be a much higher demand for whiskies and bourbon in all its forms. We've already started to see an increase in the number of people asking for off-menu whiskey-based cocktails such as Manhattans and Sours, and I don't see this slowing down in 2024!
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huntersmoonlondon.co.uk

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Drink continued...

Ely Guilloux, Bar Manager at 100 Wardour Street

Mezcal will continue to boom in 2024, both in terms of retail sales and with bar-goers requesting to include it in cocktails, such as margaritas and twists on the classic Old-Fashioned. We're also seeing a rise in spice-based drinks, so I predict this will trend in 2024 with guests opting for Spicy Tommy Margaritas and Spicy Margaritas instead of the classics.
100wardourst.com

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