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Has the UK Lost the Skill of Cooking?

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The research is in - many of us are lacking even the most basic cooking skills. One in 50 Brits don’t know how to cook a single meal – not even beans on toast!

Our survey of 2,000 people found that a quarter of Brits (25%) are incapable of making beans on toast, and four in ten (38%) can’t cook up an omelette. Almost one in two people (45%) don’t know how to make a simple pasta bake, and three in ten (30%) admit they don’t know how to cook a jacket potato. Astoundingly, over a third (36%) are incapable of making a cheese toastie.

The trickiest dish to master was Beef Wellington, with only two in ten Brits (22%) feeling comfortable with the recipe.

Belfast residents are a dab hand in the kitchen, while Brummies struggle

Birmingham’s residents were revealed to be the Brits that struggle the most with cooking, with 3% of Brummies admitting that they are incapable of cooking a single meal. Many Mancunians also struggled, with almost half of Manchester’s residents (44%) admitting they don’t know how to cook an omelette.

Belfast’s residents emerged as the most capable cooks, with eight in ten people (81%) knowing how to make a Spaghetti Bolognese.

Geordies are also a dab hand in the kitchen, as a third of those surveyed (32%) said they know how to make a Beef Wellington, which was voted the most difficult dish to master.

Sunday Roast is the UK’s favourite meal

The traditional Sunday Roast emerged as the UK’s favourite meal, with one in five (21%) naming it as their favourite dish. However, many of us are relying on others to put in the hard work, as 40% of Brits do not know how to prepare a Sunday Roast themselves.

Curry (9%), pizza (8%), Spaghetti Bolognese (6%) and Shepherd’s Pie (4%) complete the list of the five most popular dishes in the UK.

With age comes experience

Older Brits appear to be more comfortable in the kitchen than younger generations.

More than nine in ten 65+ year-olds are capable of cooking simple meals like beans on toast (93%), a jacket potato (92%) and scrambled egg (90%).On the other hand, one in twenty (5%) 18-24-year-olds confess to not knowing how to cook a single meal, with six in every ten (60%) not knowing how to make a cheese toastie, half (50%) not knowing how to make a simple pasta bake, and almost half (43%) unable to make an omelette.

Kirsty Oakes, Head of Displays and Marketing at Hammonds Kitchens, commented:

“It is great to see that many Brits know how to cook simple but nutritious dishes, and surprising that many others don’t possess the same skills – it is certainly true that everyone learns at a different pace!

“Perhaps one small positive from our current situation may be that we’ll see Brits using their newfound free time in the kitchen, learning how to cook.

“Spending time cooking in the kitchen has been proven as a method to help fight stress and anxiety, and a fantastic way to spend your free time. If you’ve never cooked before then now is a perfect opportunity to get in the kitchen– start with something simple and work up to more challenging recipes as your confidence grows and your skills develop!”



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