It is the tradition at Eater to end the year with a survey of friends, industry insiders, critics, thinkers and professional eaters. This year, the group were asked eight questions, spanning meal of the year to biggest dining grievance. Their answers will appear throughout this week. Responses are related in no particular order; cut, pasted, and unedited below. Earlier today we had restaurant standbys and the most impressive restaurant newcomers of the year. It’s now time for 2017 in one word.
Grace Dent, former ES Magazine — and soon-to-be The Guardian — restaurant critic — Panicked.
Adam Coghlan, Eater London editor — Minced.
George Reynolds, Eater London contributor — Entropy.
Victoria Stewart, food writer — Challenging.
James Hansen, food writer, editor and Eater London contributor — Embattled.
Emma Hughes, freelance food writer and Eater London contributor — Diverting.
Josh Barrie, food writer and Eater London contributor — Photographed.
Suze Olbrich, freelance food writer and Eater London contributor — Weimar.
Zeren Wilson, restaurant discoverer and author of Bitten & Written — Relentless.
Chloe Scott-Moncrieff, food writer and co-founder of the YBFs — Effervescent.
Sophie Brown, freelance food writer — Carbs.
Felicity Spector, Channel 4 News writer and pastry lover — Dynamic.
Laurel Ives, former food editor of The Sunday Times The Dish — Fin-de-siecle or, more positively, multicultural.