Food trend followers say fake meats are going to be all the rage in 2017. These are the products manufactured to resemble meat in texture and taste, particularly marketed to vegans and vegetarians. Our judges, only one of which is a vegetarian, were not impressed. These meatless products scored some of the lowest ratings in our tastings of the past 13 years. Even with noticeable grill marks on some of the options, judges were not persuaded to use most of these as meat substitutes on their menus. All of the samples were heated on the stove according to package directions.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent