These 'gourmands' are stuck on the finer points of old European service, requiring even the most casual restaurants to flambe their bananas foster table-side. They argue over the differences between wagyu and kobe beef ad nauseum. They correct you constantly with pronunciations of uncommon food words and always use extravagant inflection and of course, every conversation about food somehow ends up with a discussion about how much they loooove FWAAAH GrrrRRRAAAAAAHHHHH!
I have served these people and I've cooked for them, but they are most irritating when you eat with them. There is constant criticism of your choices, "that year in the Southern Rhone Valley was NOT a good vintage" "I cannot believe you would order THAT!"
The sad part is, the 'gourmands' are missing out. They have forgotten the most important thing about food and drink; the enjoyment of it! It's great to appreciate the finer things but one must always be careful to not take it too far lest your friends stop going out for dinner with you!