McCormick for Chefs' Flavor Forecastfor 2023 welcomes the comeback of full fats (Full Flavored Fats), French cuisine outside of the exclusive fine dining experience (Everyday French), and the multi-sensorial offerings of heat and flavor (Beyond Heat).
Complementing each of the trends, McCormick for Chefs has also announced its first-ever Flavor of the Year: Vietnamese x Cajun Style Seasoning.
Full Flavored Fats
No longer misunderstood, consumers and chefs alike are now using fat, from butters to oils, to impart mouthwatering ﬂavor and creaminess into everyday dishes and drinks, which offer a simple, comforting richness to the kitchen and a more balanced approach to eating.
Grounded in the techniques and ingredients of French cooking, but democratized for today’s kitchen, French cuisine has never been more approachable while using the best ingredients and culinary techniques to build a harmony of flavors and lay the foundations for food and beverage to come.
We’ve witnessed an exciting evolution to this new, multi-sensorial, layered taste experience that pushes beyond the singularly spicy realm where heat and ingredient pairings come together to shape how heat is perceived and how long it lingers and ﬁnishes.
Flavor of the Year
Along with the trends report, the McCormick global culinary team also announced its inaugural Flavor of the Year: Vietnamese x Cajun Style Seasoning, which is a bright, complex reflection of the innovations in food and flavor taking place on a global level. With influences in French cuisine and a prominence of heat throughout both, the seasoning is a culture clash of key ingredients–cayenne and paprika–in classic Cajun tradition and the lemongrass, garlic, and black peppercorn, customary in Vietnamese recipes.