Could black food be big in 2016?

NAWN 1701111AM1 Head chef and co-owner of Filmore and Union Will Pugh.(1701111AM1)
NAWN 1701111AM1 Head chef and co-owner of Filmore and Union Will Pugh.(1701111AM1)

In 2015 it was all about the avacado, bone broth and coconut water, writes Nina Swift.

Sprialising fruit and vegetables and cauliflower rice were the perfect way to cut out the carbs .

And the number of people avoiding gluten and dairy rose dramatically, with sales of almond milk overtaking soya milk for the first time.

Other food trends for 2015 included using the humble cauliflower to make gluten free pizza bases and health food fanatics went crazy over the Nutribullet, with one selling every 30 seconds at John Lewis during last year’s Black Friday. The juicing gadget has seen the sales of pre-chopped convenience packs of frozen fruit overtake frozen pizzas in various supermarkets.

The New Year is expected to follow the health food trend, with experts listing golden berries, Persian cuisine, sprouting seeds as food trends for 2016.

With the Rio Olympics fast approaching, Brazilian fare is set to become very popular and home smoking everything from meats, vegetables, cocktails and fish is also expected to take off.

Wil Pugh, head chef and co-founder of Filmore & Union, which is based in Wetherby, knows a thing or two about cooking up healthy dishes and has revealed his own predictions for the New Year.

He said: “Kale and Quinoa are very 2015, and the New Year will see some exciting ingredients hitting the market.

“We’ll be packing our food full of nutritious ancient grains, like Amaranth, Kamut, and Farro, whilst replacing our cooking oils with Avocado Oil.

“Be prepared for something different in 2016, with an influx in black food. You’ll be enjoying squid ink, black apples and even charcoal.”

The healthy eating restaurant chain, which promotes a healthy lifestyle, has launched a soup and juice cleanse for the year ahead and will be tracking progress online and through social media.

Those taking part in are encouraged to share pictures, tips and tricks on the Filmore and Union Facebook and Twitter pages.

There will be three different cleanse options available, with one cleanse per month for the first three months starting this week with the, “Reboot”. Next month a five-day cleanse will take place on February 22-26, followed by another five-day cleanse on March 21-25. To take part join Filmore and Union online with the hashtag, #FEELGOODUNION

• From a single outlet in 2011, Filmore & Union has been a runaway success with a chain of similar but far from identical establishments now doing well in Harrogate. Wetherby, Leeds, York, and beyond.