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 ]( now looking for chef duos keen to compete for Salon Culinaire medals in the Schwartz Flavour Pairing Challenge at next year's [Hospitality ](, 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 [ - ]( 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 [](

By Angela Frewin

E-mail your comments to Caterer Products here.

If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to jobs

Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with jobs

[Blogs on ]( Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer's blogs
[E-newsletters]([ For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our E-newsletters
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking