In 2017, being a chef can mean working in a Michelin starred restaurant, owning a food truck that sells revolutionary food combinations or spearheading an inventive pop-up eatery. The rulebook has been thrown out the window; be prepared to see culinary creations made on the street,chefs holding cooking classes on Facebook Live as well as never seen before dishes impressing the rich and famous in top end restaurants.
We’ve taken a look at some of the most impressive chefs that are set to wow foodies in 2017.
Barri – Ireland’s only female Michelin Star recipient – achieved the Star only 18 months after landing the head chef job at Eipic in Belfast.
Barri worked for chef Michael Deane for four years before travelling all over the world to learn about different flavours and combinations. Her travels took her to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe, where she worked in many high-end restaurants and learnt an array of culinary techniques.
This rising star is expected to use her talents to make headlines in 2017 with her trademark use of inspiring flavours and exciting creations.
Dabbous’ self-named restaurant, Dabbous, opened in London in 2012 to little fanfare. Focusing on light food and recipes that place herbs, fruit, vegetables, juices and infusions at the forefront of the pallet, it soon became one of the most talked about hotspots in the capital.
Ollie’s ‘Fennel and Rose Petal Salad’ is one of the most popular items on the menu, along with the ‘Charcoal Smoked Cassava’. Over the next six months you can to see more lightly seasoned dishes and unusual combinations from this rising culinary star.
Meneghin, who came to the UK from Italy a few years ago is a street food vendor in London. However, his Tongue n’ Cheek stall is nothing like your traditional greasy burger van. Street food has taken the UK by storm over the last five years, and Meneghin is one of the best in the game.
Making use of some less-loved cuts of meat, he creates delicious plates with fresh ingredients: ox cheek served with polenta and seasonal veg or tongue rolls accompanied by salsa verde or horseradish and apple sauce are just two of the exciting dishes up for grabs. Visit their website to find out where they will be next.
Roca’s restaurant, El Celler De Can Roca, is already very well known in the world of fine dining. Having had his eatery named 2016’s “Best Restaurant” by Restaurant Magazine, what more can we expect from him in 2017?
Well, as a huge advocate for the humanitarian role of the chef, Roca and his brothers have just been appointed Goodwill Ambassadors by the United Nations Development Programme for the #FoodAfrica Programme, which was created to help fight hunger.
This will hopefully start a trend that will see more chefs committed to tackling social issues such as food waste.
Deethwa is the owner of Buddha Belly, which creates delicious Thai street food in and around Birmingham. She is the third generation of her family to go into the street food trade, and you can taste the years of experience in her work.
After competing in Masterchef in 2012, Deethwa opened Buddha Belly, much to the delight of the people of Birmingham. Her Thai Green Curry is famous for it’s rich yet delicate taste, and her Thai food mastery led her to the final of the British Street Food Awards in both 2014 and 2016. Visit her website for food festival listings and private catering.
Exciting new flavours, tastes, and food combinations, the continued popularity of exotic street food vendors and a determination to improve the humanitarian side of the food industry means that 2017 is set to be an exciting year in the world of chefs.
We expect all the chefs listed above to make even more of an impact this year, so keep your eyes peeled for their influences everywhere from high-end restaurants to car park burger vans!
For more insight into food and kitchen trends over the next year take a look at the Britannia Living Blog.