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Food Channel Looks Back at the Decade in Food

2000 to 2009: Food in Review

The Food Channel® editorial staff has compiled its look back at the last decade in food, giving a perspective on the top flavors, biggest foods, food influences and top food stories.

“Our chefs and editorial staff have seen a lot of changes in the last ten years,’ said 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. Over the last few years, with the introduction of our Web site, we’ve been able to visit restaurant after restaurant, attend the biggest food shows, and try new products. It gives us a first-hand look at what’s been happening with food.’

Here are the lists as compiled by The Food Channel:

Top Ten Foods of the Decade (2000-2009)

1. Sushi
2. Bacon
3. Cupcakes
4. Sliders
5. Gourmet Burgers made with Kobe or Angus Beef
6. Superfruits such as Acai, Pomegranate and Blueberry
7. Oils, such as olive oils and truffle oils
8. Whole grains
9. Artisan foods, particularly in breads, cheeses and dark chocolates
10. Coffees, teas


Top Ten Flavors of the Decade

1. Pomegranate
2. Wasabi
3. Cranberry
4. Ginger
5. Blueberry
6. Hibiscus
7. Bacon
8. Green tea
9. Dark Chocolate
10. Mint

Top Ten Food Influences of the Decade

1. Organic foods, along with Locavore and Community Supported Agriculture
2. International Cuisines
3. Food TV and Internet
4. Food Safety
5. The Economy and subsequent shift to home cooking
6. Fast casual restaurant concepts
7. Fair trade and Artisan concepts in bread, chocolates, cheeses
8. Mobility/Social Media/Twitter notifications/Underground dining
9. Mixology
10. Culinary education

Top Ten Food People of the Decade

1. Food bloggers
2. The local farmer
3. 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, Jamie Oliver, Ina Garten
4. Julia Child/Julie Powell
5. The home cook
6. Grant Achatz
7. Alice Waters
8. Thomas Keller
9. Martha Stewart
10. The local restaurant chef

Top Ten General Food News Topics of the Decade
1. Food Safety (tomatoes, green onions, H1N1)
2. Food Prices
3. Slow Food
4. Sustainability
5. Consumer generated advertising (Dorito’s Super Bowl ad)
6. The demise of traditional publishing (Gourmet Magazine)
7. Organic
8. Private branding
9. Carl’s, Jr.'s edgy advertising
10. McDonald’s innovation

Top Ten Recipes of the Decade
1. Macaroni and Cheese
2. Bread Pudding
3. Risotto
4. Biscotti
5. Ceviche
6. Deep Fried Turkey
7. Crème Brulee
8. Bruschetta
9. Tilapia
10. Guacamole







Top Ten Restaurant Trends of the Decade
1. Fast casual concept
2. Tapas and shareables
3. Gastropub
4. Molecular Gastronomy
5. Taco Trucks
6. Underground dining
7. Fusion
8. DIY
9. Catering
10. Upscaling of Bar food

Logsdon emphasized that all of the lists are compiled as opinion, and are not necessarily based in scientific evidence. ‘We did this to create dinner table conversation as much as anything,’ she said. ‘Food is a natural meeting place, regardless of your political, religious or personal preferences—you can always talk about food.’

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See the editor’s blog about the decade, here.

Also see The Food Channel's look ahead at the Top Ten Food Trends for 2010

See the Top Ten Favorite Recipes from The Food Channel for 2009