On the other hand, Dowling maintains, “We haven’t seen a big change in demands for various features in response to health and wellness issues.” However, he adds that there is a major trend back to charcoal-fueled “keg style” outdoor grills, which may reflect a desire for more traditionally grilled foods.
Renteria believes that, “Health and wellness awareness has impacted the way home chefs cook their food with the ingredients they use. However, the way consumers cook their food hasn’t changed much.”
Another aspect of the health trend is spending more time home cooking rather than eating fast food or restaurant meals, which leads to a desire for as much efficiency and convenience as possible. “As more meals are cooked at home, more customers begin to re-think their kitchen and demand more efficient appliances,” says Haber.
Bertazzoni says that the public dialogue about the direct correlation between nutrition and well being brings healthy home cooking to the forefront. “The increased exposure of steam cooking is certainly a direct result of this trend. Manufacturers of cooking products now have the mandate to provide homeowners with the information on how to prepare healthy meals without the need for high technology upgrades.”