By Laura Barnes
Food trends are set to shift from global cuisine to regional offerings.
Regional cuisine is set to be the next trend du jour, with fusion food expected to take a back seat.
Although fusion food is still very much at the forefront of cuisine in the Middle East region, Peter Drescher, director of culinary services, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Middle East, says as diners travel the globe more they are becoming more experimental with what they eat, and their demands.
"Dubai is really setting the standard as there are a myriad of restaurants and restaurant concepts, and they are all competing for a slice of the market by offering a certain ‘wow' experience for the diner," commented Drescher.
Despite the regional market still experiencing success from its ‘east meets west' style, Drescher said one problem with this is that it is often called ‘confusion' cuisine, as it can be overly complicated and has a lack of respect for tradition and local cultures.
"Fusion has had its peak; the future lies in authentic food. We need to take food right back to the basics and produce dishes that truly reflect the culture from where it came," said Drescher.
Drescher added that the next few years will herald in more vegetarian cuisine, Mediterranean and Spanish dishes, and region dishes from Italy, China and Mexico.