Not to be left out of the end-of-year fun, the Food Channel (not to be accidentally confused with the Food Network) released its list of predicted food trends for next year. Unlike the earlier trend pieces, however, each one on this list has a gimmicky name (“I Want My Umami” for the rise in non-food-snob foodies; “Will Trade for Food” for an increase in bartering). Look beyond the titles, however, and you’ll find a lot that’s already been covered by earlier trend roundups: the mainstreaming of sustainable foods, increased interest in food safety and nutrition, a return to scratch cooking, and “experimental” restaurants like gastropubs and fusion dining. Cutting edge! What else does the Food Channel think you can expect next year? Expanded grocery stores, American takes on global cuisines, and more attention to consumers’ individuality.
Announcing Our Top Ten Food Trends for 2010 [The Food Channel]