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McCormick unveils flavour pairing challenge – and the ultimate lemon combination

02 September 2012 by
McCormick unveils flavour pairing challenge – and the ultimate lemon combination

McCormick ](http://www.schwartzforchef.co.uk)is now looking for chef duos keen to compete for Salon Culinaire medals in the Schwartz Flavour Pairing Challenge at next year's [Hospitality ](http://www.hospitalityshow.co.uk/)show, which runs at the Birmingham NEC between 21 and 23 January.

Participating teams will be expected to prepare and present in front of a live audience a two-course meal for two using two of the flavour pairings identified as the hottest taste combinations for the year in McCormick's 2012 Flavour Forecast.

They can choose from:

â- Vanilla and butter
â- Ginger and coconut
â- Red Tea, cinnamon and plum
â- Blueberry, cardamom and corn masa
â- Sweet soy, tamarind and black pepper Interested chef teams should email [peter@salonculinaire.co.uk - ](mailto:peter@salonculinaire.co.uk)for entry forms, which must be submitted by 1 December.

Meanwhile, the fourth global trend to emerge from McCormick's flavour forecast highlights the four on-trend ingredients needed to achieve the ultimate lemon flavour:

Meyer lemon from China, - sweeter and less acidic than standard supermarket varieties, they have gained 163% more menu mentions in USA in past three years
Lemon thyme - which adds a distinct citrusy aroma and flavour
Limoncello - - this sweet Italian liqueur of lemon peel, vodka and sugar is moving from being a cocktail staple to becoming a food ingredient in both sweet and savoury dishes
Lemon peel - packed with the essential oils that give lemon is attractive aroma

Recipes ideas for the forecast top flavour combinations - including the Ultimate Lemon Tart with Limoncello Blackberries - can be found at [www.flavourforecast.com](http://www.flavourforecast.com)

By Angela Frewin

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