While travelling in the Himalayas, I reluctantly allowed a persistent fortune teller to make his pronouncements. After cursorily inspecting my palm as I sat cross-legged in his gaudy tent, he uttered the following profundity: “Sahib, in the future, you will travel to many countries in faraway lands.” Well, yes and no. It was only when I attempted to check out of my hotel, that I realised his soothsaying words coincided with him stealing my passport.

Speculating on the likely trends in the fine dining end of the restaurant trade is not quite as hazardous, but here are a few things that I think might occur in the coming year.