In the last decade, the culinary world has experienced a whirlwind of changes. Food trends have shifted, with significant impacts on what we cook, what we eat and how we perceive food. Let's take a trip down memory lane and explore the top culinary trends of the last decade.
The rise of Healthy and Sustainable Food
In the 2010s, a major shift towards healthier and more sustainable food consumption took place. Consumers were more informed and conscious about what they were eating. As a result, farm-to-table and locally sourced ingredients became a big hit. People wanted to know where their food was coming from, leading to an increased demand for locally produced and organic food.
Veganism and vegetarianism also saw a significant rise. More people started embracing plant-based diets for health, ethical, and environmental reasons. Vegan and vegetarian dishes moved from the fringe to mainstream restaurant menus, and plant-based meat substitutes became widely available.
The Influence of Technology on Food
The last decade also saw the influence of technology on food, particularly with the advent of social media platforms like Instagram. Food aesthetics took center stage, and 'Instagrammable' food became a trend. With the rise of food delivery apps, it became easier than ever to enjoy restaurant-quality meals at home, leading to the surge of 'ghost kitchens' that operate solely for delivery.
Advent of Global Flavors
The 2010s were all about exploring global flavors. People became more adventurous with their food choices, experimenting with different cuisines and flavors. Fusion cuisine became a major trend, with chefs mixing flavors from different parts of the world to create unique and exciting dishes.
The Cocktail Renaissance
Cocktails experienced a major revival in the 2010s. Artisanal cocktail bars popped up everywhere, and bartenders started to be viewed as craftsmen. There was a resurgence of classic cocktails, and a new wave of creative, craft cocktails was born.
The 'Foodie' Culture
Another significant trend was the rise of 'foodie' culture. Food became a hobby, rather than just a necessity. Culinary tourism flourished, with people traveling to different countries specifically to try their food.
Top Recipes of the Decade
Here's a quick table of some popular recipes that defined the last decade:
The last decade was filled with culinary innovations and shifts.