This year saw us stocking up the pantry with some weird and wonderful ingredients. Whether foraged or farm grown, free or fiendishly expensive; from the succulent meat of the Mangalitsa pig – the "Kobe beef of pork" – to the electrifying delight of buzz flowers dropped into cocktails, to whipping up eggless meringues with the magical properties of "Aqua faba," these are the ingredients that got us excited in 2016. Decide what you'll be taking with you through to 2017.
Staff shortages are hitting the hospitality sector hard, prompting some restaurants to look outside the industry to train those without restaurant experience for life in the kitchen. Andrew Friedman finds out more.