February 26, 2024

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NJ chefs predict 2022: Plant-based meals, private dining

If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that no one knows what the future holds.

But when it comes to food and dining, predictions can be made. 

Restaurant consulting firm Baum + Whiteman, which releases a trend report each year, said that in 2022, diners will see robots in restaurants (find automated cooking and service at Komodo in Brick and Automat in Jersey City), vegan chicken, ghost kitchens, quirky fast-food trends from Asia, a focus on nonalcoholic drinks, and a renewed interest in fine dining.

As for dining in New Jersey, here’s what local chefs see coming. 

Virtual menus are not going anywhere

Digital menus are a carryover from 2021, a result of restaurants wanting as few items on their tables as possible.