gourmand ˈgu̇r-ˌmänd , -mənd, ˌgu̇r-ˈmänd noun
: a person who is excessively devoted to or fond of eating and drinking
The word gourmand has appeared in seven articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Jan. 31 in the obituary “Louis Nirenberg, ‘One of the Great Mathematicians,’ Dies at 94” by Kenneth Chang:
Louis Nirenberg, a mathematician who explored the complexities of equations commonly used by physicists and engineers, and who shared the 2015 Abel Prize, a top math award modeled after the Nobels, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 94.
…. Dr. Nirenberg struggled with cancer and other maladies in recent years, but, as a dedicated gourmand, he insisted on continuing to go out to restaurants.