Top Food Trends of the Decade

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Top Food Trends of the Decade

01/05/2010
CHICAGO -- The Food Channel compiled a look back at the last decade in food, including a perspective on the top flavors, food influences and food stories.

"Our chefs and editorial staff have seen a lot of changes in the last 10 years," stated Kay Logsdon, managing editor of The Food Channel. "Food has become a story like never before, and it's interesting to look back at how its growth has impacted our society."

The biggest trends of the last decade (2000-2009) include:

Top 10 Trends Overall
-- Sushi
-- Bacon
-- Cupcakes
-- Sliders
-- Gourmet burgers made with Kobe or Angus beef
-- Superfruits such as Acai, pomegranate and blueberry
-- Oils, such as olive oils and truffle oils
-- Whole grains, such as Kashi, polenta, risotto
-- Artisan foods, particularly in breads, cheeses and dark chocolates
-- Coffees, teas

The Decade's Top Flavors
-- Pomegranate
-- Wasabi
-- Cranberry
-- Ginger
-- Blueberry
-- Hibiscus
-- Bacon
-- Green tea
-- Dark Chocolate
-- Mint

Top 10 Food Influences of the Decade
-- Organic foods, along with Locavore and community-supported agriculture
-- International cuisines
-- Food TV and Internet
-- Food safety
-- The economy and subsequent shift to home cooking
-- Fast casual restaurant concepts
-- Fair trade and artisan concepts in bread, chocolates, cheeses
-- Mobility/social media/Twitter notifications/underground dining
-- Mixology
-- Culinary education

Top Restaurant Trends of the Decade
-- Fast casual concept
-- Tapas and shareables
-- Gastropub
-- Molecular Gastronomy
-- Taco Trucks
-- Underground dining
-- Fusion
-- DIY
-- Catering
-- Upscaling of bar food

All of the lists were compiled as opinion, and are not necessarily based on scientific evidence, according to The Food Channel.

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