Check out the decade's popular trends, flavors and people in the food industry.

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.
Our chefs and editorial staff have seen a lot of changes in the last 10 years, said Kay Logsdon, managing editor of The Food Channel. Food has become a story like never before and its interesting to look back at how its growth has impacted our society. Over the last few years, weve been able to visit restaurant after restaurant, attend the biggest food shows and try new products, giving our editors a first-hand look at whats been happening with food.

According to foodchannel.com editors, 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 DECADES 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 Local farmers 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 Home cooks Grant Achatz Alice Waters Thomas Keller Martha Stewart Local restaurant chefs
TOP 10 GENERAL NEWS TOPICS OF THE DECADE IMPACTING FOOD
Food safety (tomatoes, green onions, H1N1) Food prices Slow food Sustainability Consumer-generated advertising (Doritos Super Bowl ad) The demise of traditional publishing (Gourmet Magazine) Organic Private branding Carls, Jrs edgy advertising McDonalds innovation
DECADES TOP RECIPES
Macaroni and cheese Bread pudding Risotto Biscotti Ceviche Deep fried turkey Crme 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 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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