Using 2020 Food Trends👩‍🍳in Your Personal Chef Business

Today’s topic is food trends 2020, but more specifically how you can use those food trends in your kitchen and as a personal chef, how you can apply them to the menus of your clients.

I’m Virginia Stockwell and my channel is all about becoming a personal chef. You’re welcome to read this blog article or check out the video below.

Plant-Based Meats

The first one is all over the news, Beyond Meat, a plant-based meat. At first thought, you may think the company is targeting vegetarians or vegans, but they’re actually targeting meat eaters, offering their product as a substitute to eating meat. Likely if you already have vegetarian or vegan clients, they’re not going to be interested in trying Beyond Meat.

Beyond Meat burgers at home
Beyond Meat is readily available as burgers in fast food establishments,
but have you attempted to venture outside the burger option?

To include Beyond Meat in your menu, think past hamburgers. You could offer it as a substitute for anything with ground meat. For example, I may offer lasagna, meatballs or tacos. With each of the dinner descriptions, I would add, “add your choice of meat.” The meat choices could be “ground beef, ground turkey, ground bison, or Beyond Meat.”

This leaves it up to the client to decide if they’d like to try out this new product. Maybe they end up choosing their traditional ground beef lasagna. That’s okay too. You offered a new option, showing you’re up on food trends and open to new menu item suggestions.

Cannabidiol Oil

Another new food trend is CBD edibles. You might be thinking desserty treats and that’s because CBD oil blends well with other fats and oils. One of the secrets of using CBD oil in cooking is mixing really well.

CBD oil brownies
CBD oil brownies require lots of mixing

I personally have tried CBD oil in in brownies. I placed six drops into the oil when creating a batch of a dozen brownies, then stirred really well before adding the remaining ingredients. CBD oil should not be heated above 320 degrees Fahrenheit. I cooked these brownies at 300 for 30 minutes instead of 350 for 20 minutes.

avocado toast is always in fashion
mash CBD oil into the avocado before mixing up guacamole

I’ve also made guacamole by mashing CBD oil into the avocado themselves, then adding the remaining ingredients of jalapeno, Roma tomato, garlic, cilantro and lime juice.

2020 food trends and using them at home
2020 Food Trends that can be made in your kitchen – Beyond Meat meals, CBD edibles, mocktail party, cauliflower crust pizza, and nut ricottas


Another food trend for 2020 is mocktails. Mocktails are going to be huge! America has been trending toward a healthier lifestyle and alcohol excess is an American lifestyle that declines health over time. Mocktails and alcohol-free bars are the trend.

You could offer mocktails on the bar menu at upcoming events. Floral-infused drinks are hinting at being the most popular. For example, you could offer a butterfly pea mocktail at a gender reveal party, since it changes the color of liquid blue.

How about having a juice pairing lunch or a mocktails and appetizers party?

mocktails and appetizers as food trends 2020
Mocktail ideas that can be created in your kitchen


Living a healthy lifestyle is certainly trending. Each individual has a different idea of what healthy means to them. One health trend includes swapping out cauliflower such as what you’ve probably already seen in the store with cauliflower crusted pizza.

kids love cauliflower soup
Cauliflower soup is even popular with the kids!

You could offer cauliflower crust pizza in your personal chef menus and my guess is that it’s going to be wildly popular. Cauliflower mashed potatoes and cauliflower soup are both family favorites with my clients.

New Gluten-Free Flours

As a personal chef, about 50% of the families I work with are gluten free, some for celiac reasons and others have made the choice to live a gluten-free lifestyle. A new line of gluten-free flours will become available this year, one of them being cauliflower flour. Start brainstorming now about how you can use these different flours in your recipes.

2020 food trends and creating them in your kitchen

Sweetener Alternatives

There are also some inventive new sweeteners coming out. Pomegranate molasses is already available, but have you tried monkfruit syrup? I personally have not yet seen it on the store shelf, but can’t wait to give it a try!

no sugar added products are going to be huge for 2020
no sugar added products are going to be huge for 2020

Food Trends 2020: Soy & Dairy Alternatives

Many families are moving away from soy and many new products are available as a substitute for soy, such as the Beyond Meat meat substitute mentioned above.

Many new dairy substitutes are arriving on grocery shelves, often made with nuts and grains such as cashew ricotta, cashew cream cheese, almond milk yogurt and oat milk. Oat milk is all the rage right no, often selling out at the grocery store.

cashew ricotta and gluten free tortellini
now I’m craving herb and cashew ricotta filled tortellini made with gluten-free flour

All these dairy substitutes can be made at home or offered on your personal chef menus I found numerous vegan pantry recipes in this cookbook that I highly recommend. The author offers so many vegan pantry items, all made from scratch. #affiliate

Chicken Nuggets + Mac & Cheese

The whole food trend is great for kids because kids like to see everything that they’re eating. They don’t like food touching as in a vegetable medley. They prefer to view vegetables in individual stacks rather than mixed together.

kids don't like to see their food touching

In 2020, thank goodness we’re getting away from chicken nuggets and mac n cheese for kids. Parents are looking for alternatives to traditional kid foods. Salmon shaped like a fish sold in the frozen food aisle are tremendously popular. Of course, you can make them yourself by making salmon patties then shaping them into fish. I’ve listed my favorite salmon patty recipe below:

Salmon Patties Recipe 🍣

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 bunch minced scallion, zest and juice of one lemon, 2 tblsp grainy mustard and 1 tsp Old Bay. Small dice 1.5 lb salmon (have the fish monger remove the skin for you or do it yourself) then gently stir into the scallion mix along with 1 tblsp capers. Stir in 1 cup panko. Shape mixture into patties or fish shapes, then refrigerate for a half hour. Bake at 350 for 10min/side or skillet cook in a touch of oil until just opaque, a few minutes per side.

Fad Diet Trend 2020

As far as diets for food trends 2020, I’d say the keto diet is definitely going to stick around. The keto diet is not necessarily meant for long term, but instead for short-term weight loss, though many live a daily lifestyle of keto.

As a personal chef, if a client asks for the keto diet, I provide them with just that and without judgment. It’s up to you, however, how you want to run your business. If someone asks for the keto diet, you can either choose to satisfy their wishes or refer them to another personal chef who may offer keto as a specialty.

ketogenic diet is high fat, low carb
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that
in medicine is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control epilepsy in children.
The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.

Blockchain’s Role in Food Recall

In the future, we should see less food recall since blockchain is getting better at tracking food from farm to consumer. Blockchain is making it more efficient to research the source of food contamination.

Romaine was recalled twice in 2019 along with purchased boiled eggs
Romaine was recalled twice in 2019 along with purchased boiled eggs

How to Become a Personal Chef

I hope you found “food trends 2020” helpful and feel inspired to add new ideas into your menus next week! If you have any questions, feel free to ask anytime.

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Virginia Stockwell has been in the professional catering and personal chef business since 2005. She offers mentoring advice at and her YouTube channel “How to Become a Personal Chef”.

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