gourmet

That guy over there correctly identifying the dozen spices used in the meal he's eating? He’s likely a gourmet, someone who knows a lot about fine food.

There are gourmets and then there are foodies. Both are food enthusiasts who live to eat. A gourmet, pronounced like the French word that is its double: "gor-MAY," is more likely to go for the most refined dining experience, created by a chef who trained in Europe. A foodie, on the other hand, might take you to the best burrito place — because their guacamole tastes the best — then stop by the farmers' market to see if the first of the asparagus crop has arrived.

Definitions of gourmet
  1. noun
    a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
    synonyms: bon vivant, epicure, epicurean, foodie, gastronome
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    type of:
    sensualist
    a person who enjoys sensuality
  2. adjective
    relating to high-quality, elaborate, or speciality food
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