Naz Riahi is the cofounder of Bitten, a creative marketing firm that hosts an annual food conference about technology, creativity, and culture. This year's conference will be held on February 12 in New York City. Refinery29 readers can get a 29% discount on tickets using the promo code Refinery29.
Ten years ago, if one of my friends could get me backstage at an indie rock show, she was the coolest. Today, I feel like restaurants and chefs hold the same degree of influence. I can’t think of a man sexier than one who cooks, or a startup founder more intriguing than someone using new technologies to make our world more sustainable, and good food more accessible.
Food has become a pillar of culture. Most of us take photos of our meals, follow food influencers on Instagram, and want to be the first to try a buzzy new restaurant. So, without further ado, here are eight of the most up-and-coming food trends that are about to be the talk of the town.