What were the top food trends in 2014?

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If food in 2014 can be described in one word what would it be? Thrillist asked some of the top chefs in the country and here are the words that they came up with.

2014 was the year of...

... COMFORT FOOD. Comfort food is back and here to stay. You'll see it as a mainstay on restaurant menus for many years to come." - Ming Tsai, Blue Ginger (Wellesley, MA)

... REAL FOOD. Molecular gastronomy is on its way out. It's not about a show, but giving people what they want: substance. There was a time and place for it, but we're leaving it behind in 2015. No more circus acts.” - Slade Rushing, Brennan’s Restaurant (New Orleans, LA)

... the VEGETABLE. Whether it's pickled, poached, grilled, or fermented, it's no longer on the side. It's right there, front and center." - Steve McHugh, Cured (San Antonio, TX)

... the OYSTER, especially from Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries." - Robert Wiedmaier, Marcel's (Washington, DC)

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