Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's List Time: Top Ten Food Trends of 2010

As we come to the end of another year (where did it go?), it's everyone's favourite time to start reflecting upon the year that has passed. What does that lead to? Lists, of course! Television stations, news programs, magazines and online outlets are listing the top 10, 50 or 100 trends of 2010. TIME magazine is just one of the culprits, but lucky for us, they've also included a list of something near and dear to our hearts -- Food!

Some of the items on this list are plain and obvious to just about anyone, but there are some that are more industry-specific that I'm hearing about now for the first time. Some trends that I noticed for sure were the resurgence of naturalism (back to nature!), locavorism (everything local down to the smallest details) and grotesque Fast-food Frankenmeals (making "meals" out of heart-stopping ingredients that should never be eaten in such massive quantities e.g. the double down "sandwich" from KFC or a burger in between two grilled cheese sandwiches). Food or restaurant blogging, tweeting and reviewing have also blown up this year, with patrons using websites like Yelp and services like twitter to warn or entice their fellow restaurant-goers about their own foodie experiences.

Lardcore (using lots of lard and fatty pork products), on the otherhand, is not something I specifically noticed as a trend, but I certainly heard a lot about chocolate-covered bacon and "deep-fried everything" this year, particularly at the CNE. And how about the supposed Sous vide explosion? Little did I know that counter top machines that cook your food by simmering it in a vacuum sealed bag might become the "next ovens".

While I'm not so sure about some of these 'trends', maybe you will agree with the list a little more. Check out the list from TIME magazine here and recount the mistakes or advancements we've made in the food industry this year.