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I thought this was interesting so I just had to share. The Food Channel editorial staff has compiled a look back at the last decade in food, giving a perspective on the top flavors, biggest foods, food influences and top food stories.

According to foodchannel.com editors, the biggest trends of the last decade (2000-2009) include–

TOP TEN 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

DECADE’S TOP FLAVORS
— Pomegranate
— Wasabi
— Cranberry
— Ginger
— Blueberry
— Hibiscus
— Bacon
— Green tea
— Dark Chocolate
— Mint

TOP TEN FOOD INFLUENCERS 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 FOOD PEOPLE OF THE DECADE
— Food bloggers
— The local farmer
— Celebrity Chefs in general: Rick Bayless, Rachael Ray, Paula Deen,
Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse, Gordon Ramsey, Giada De
Laurentiis, Mario Batali, Alton Brown, Tyler Florence, Jaime Oliver,
Ina Garten
— Julia Child/Julie Powell
— The home cook
— Grant Achatz
— Alice Waters
— Thomas Keller
— Martha Stewart
— The local restaurant chef

TOP TEN GENERAL NEWS TOPICS OF THE DECADE IMPACTING FOOD
— Food Safety (tomatoes, green onions, H1N1)
— Food Prices
— Slow Food
— Sustainability
— Consumer generated advertising (Dorito’s Super Bowl ad)
— The demise of traditional publishing (Gourmet Magazine)
— Organic
— Private branding
— Carl’s, Jr.’s edgy advertising
— McDonald’s innovation

DECADE’S TOP RECIPES
— Macaroni and Cheese
— Bread Pudding
— Risotto
— Biscotti
— Ceviche
— Deep Fried Turkey
— Creme Brulee
— Bruschetta
— Tilapia
— Guacamole

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

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