Move Over, Sriracha! Chef David Chang Predicts the Biggest Food Trend of 2014

01/06/2014 at 01:20 PM ET

David Chang Food Trend of 2014
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What rotten luck! For 2014, chef and Momofuku restaurant founder David Chang predicts that fermented, preserved and cured foods will be on the tips of everyone’s tongues this year.

So go ahead and spoil yourself—and your veggies.

“I think 2014 is going to be a year about the things that have gone rotten, in a good way,” Chang tells PEOPLE in the exclusive video below. “I think you’re going to see a lot more pickles … anything that’s aged.” he says. “It’s the one thing where we can find new flavors. As a chef, that’s the most exciting thing. As a diner, you’ll be able to experience that on menus very soon.”

From housemade soy to Sriracha, 2014 is also shaping up to be saucy—and Chang passionately defends a certain hotter-than-ever spicy condiment, even though fellow food star Andrew Zimmern recently knocked the ubiquitous Sriracha, calling it “the most overrated item of the last 20 years.”

Chang begs to differ: “I don’t understand how he could hate something so loving and giving,” the chef jokes. “It’s just goodness. It’s good on everything … We’ve had Sriracha on our menus for 10 years now.” A few of his suggested unorthodox pairings? Try it on pizza, with ketchup on French fries, or on noodles.

But don’t expect a hot sauce war anytime soon, as these two experts agree on one thing. “I wish I invested in the company,” Chang notes of Sriracha’s overwhelming success. Zimmern concurs: “I wish I owned this company.”

—Brooke Showell

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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I put sriracha on everything love it

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Lawerence on

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