Restaurants are in full swing and most, if not all, are fully booked for the Christmas and New Year period. One restaurant that is about to take advantage of the festive rush is the Cook House Restaurant at the recently opened Radisson Blu Beirut-Verdun hotel. And flying in specially to oversee the opening is globetrotting French national, Executive Chef David Harnois.
Harnois earned his degree in culinary art from Ecole Hôtelière in St. Meen Le Grand before going on to broaden his education in Food Technology at St. Joseph College Loudeac in France. Today, he is the leader of the culinary team of Radisson Blu Hotel in Kuwait and the Area Executive Chef of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in the Middle East and Turkey, taking the lead in implementing F&D initiatives and concepts, enhancing culinary delivery in restaurants, culinary training, procurement liaison and contribution to increased departmental profitability.
Harnois’s life and work ethics are one and the same thing and, according to him, include being open minded, able to follow varied seasons locally, passion for work with dash of fun and excitement.
It only seems right, then, to grill Harnois on the coming global culinary trends and what menu offerings from 2017 will still be around in 2018.
TRENDS FOR 2018
Plant-based diets: Restaurants are meeting the growing demand for meatless dishes. According to market research, between 2012 and 2016 there has been a 25 percent increase in vegetarianism.
Indian food offerings will change from standard curries toward fast-casual street food, with options like spicy lamb burritos or chicken masala pizza. Upscale Korean restaurants are the next big thing, incorporating fermented food and lots of spices into complex dishes.