Talking Flavor Trends With Gourmet Retailer Magazine
The December/January issue of Gourmet Retailer magazine, presents a Q&A with Chef Gorji and other chefs from around the country about what flavor trends they are seeing for 2015.
MAGAZINE | SPECIAL REPORT:
Dishing Out Flavor
Notable chefs from various areas of the country share what’s trending now and how they’re planning for the year ahead. They also serve up some advice for gourmet retailers.
By Anna Wolfe
Flavor Trends 2015
Chef Gorji says he is seeing an increased interest in tart and tangy flavors at his upscale restaurant, Canary By Gorji and in questions from people about recipes using his Gorji Gourmet Foods® product line. In fact, he has launched a new sauce with heat and tang. The new addition to Gorji Gourmet Foods is Arrabiata Diavolo, and it is devilishly tasty!
Read the full report on p38 of the digital version of the magazine at
Some excerpts from the Q&A.
What flavors will be popular in 2015 and beyond?
Due to health problems associated with sugar and sweets, I believe tart and tangy flavors like limes (citrus), yogurts and vinegars are making a good start, even though it is really hard to fight sweet.
See Lime’s Time Has Come for more on the tangy trend he has seen coming for the last couple of years. http://www.prweb.com/releases/chefgorji/lime/prweb10866288.htm
What trends will carry over to the home chef?
The interest in creating gourmet meals at home, using better quality ingredients, and this move to try and experiment with tanginess. In my cooking classes and discussions of my cookbook, people want to know how to achieve these better tasting meals, where to find the best ingredients and how to use some of these emerging flavors they are hearing more about.
Children And Teenagers Taking To Modern Savory Tastes
What advice would you offer gourmet retail stores?
To be more open to new products, and if they taste good, to embrace them … Look for new products in compliance with the new thoughts as well as the old. In my own demos, I revel in joy when I see how young children and teenagers are taking to these modern, cleaner, less sugary tastes.
Gorji has been chef-owner of Canary By Gorji, an intimate 8-table restaurant in Dallas, TX for 15 years. He is back-to-back champion of the famed Texas Steak Cookoff in Hico, TX 2004/2005 and has published a debut cookbook, Zing! By Gorji featuring his signature “New Mediterranean” cuisine that has won 5 awards. Gorji Gourmet Foods®, his product line for home cooks, includes Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Dipping Oil/ Marinade and three award-winning pasta sauces: Arrabiata Diavolo, Puttanesca and Pomodoro. They have won a total of 21 awards. They can be purchased at DFW area Whole Foods, Amazon.com, Gorji Gourmet.com and at Canary By Gorji.