They are predicting that the dish of the year will be ... fried chicken! Although I don't think we've hit "meat saturation" or that burgers will ever really go out of style, fried chicken seems to be getting some notice among top chefs.
I would love to see more - and good - fried chicken! I haven't found a really good fried chicken in Cleveland since Phil the Fire closed (still mourning the loss of those fried chicken and waffle dinners). And to get Foodgoat to go to KFC and their delicious MSG-infused chickens requires some serious persuasion (or immersion in trashy TV).
I suppose I could make fried chicken at home, but I'm not enthusiastic about the prospect of deep frying. It's messy and you're left with a big vat of hot oil to dispose of. Fried chicken is one of those things I prefer to get outside.
What else is on the horizon of food trends for 2010?
- Mini whoopie pies (I don't know what they are, but they apparently are filled with marshmallow cream, which is not a good sign)
- Lamb (I have a hard believing lamb neck is going to be the new bacon)
- Immunity-building diets (ehh ... building a diet around a single health concern is boring.)
- Butchers (Much, much cooler profession than what was hip last year ... I'm not sure I could really respect someone who said their job was "mixologist")
- Homemade brew (Foodgoat's on top of this one! He's been making his own beer for a few months now!)