'MasterChef' inspiring men to cook more meals than women: survey

Cooking

Instead of sitting around waiting to be served, increasing number of men are now doing the cooking themselves, a survey has revealed.

According to a new study from Hotpoint, British men are picking up their pots and pans and regularly whipping up four meals a week, with a repertoire of 11 recipes they can prepare from scratch, a media report said.

With an abundance of food programmes such as 'MasterChef' and 'Jamie's 15 Minute Meals' now on TV, two in three men revealed that they cook more than their father did, spending 11 hours and 30 minutes in the kitchen each week.

Over half of the men surveyed described themselves as "adventurous" cooks, claiming that their use of new ingredients, recipes, and techniques has made them a better cook than their partner.

Inspired by male TV chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and Nigel Slater, it is no longer just special occasions such as Christmas and Valentines Day when men take over the apron strings in the kitchen either.

Two-third of men now regularly cook midweek meals and a third prepare their children's meals and packed lunches.

Among the dishes men think they have mastered better than women are seafood, steak, and stir-fries, while traditional dishes such as eggs and chips, curry and sausage and mash also scored highly.

The poll of 2,000 men also found that in the past two years men have spent an average of £498 on kitchen appliances in a bid to improve their cooking.

Almost half of which said they would rather invest in kitchen appliances than new gadgets, such as tablets and e-readers, while a quarter revealed they would even give up their sports season ticket to get their hands on a new must-have kitchen accessory.

Topping their kitchen appliance wish list is a new oven, followed by pots and pans, and professional knives.

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