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Yellow, black and red: Adding color as well as flavor to dishes

A look at three of the hottest ingredients on menus today

Creative chefs are adept at tapping into trends by means of ingredients. The addition of feta cheese and tzatziki to a basic burger gives it a Greek slant, just as topping the burger with kimchi addresses the interest in Korean cuisine. This fundamental menu research & development strategy puts the focus squarely on ingredients, and ingredients currently trending add a dimension of color along with oomph and interest to dishes.

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