Chef Matt Manning outlines upcoming food trends to watch out for

Matt Manning, chef and owner of Grub & Vine, Culture Wine Bar, the Chef’s Studio and the Blue Room shares some of the food trends we can expect to see over the next few months.   Less Fine Dining, More Refined Dining Three years may have passed since the pandemic, but some of the behaviours it catalysed have far-reaching tentacles, and one of these is a move away from fine dining. Following the pandemic, fine dining establishments were hardest hit, for two main reasons: 1) tourism took a knock and 2) people were more cash-conscious and preferred reconnecting in a more relaxed setting. They didn’t need a 18-course menu to feel the experience was special – simply being able to hang out with a loved one was enough of a novelty, after months in lockdown. Fast forward three years, and we have seen some of SA’s most popular fine dining establishments shut while at the same time, there has been a rise in the number of relaxed dining eateries, such as bistros and brasseries, which have opened. READ MORE: Culture Wine Bar introduces the Wine Library members’ club This does not mean people don’t want beautiful, well-sourced quality ingredients and … Continue reading Chef Matt Manning outlines upcoming food trends to watch out for