Aussies Still Shy In The Kitchen

The popularity of cooking shows doesn't mean we want to stray away from traditional meat and three veg...

With cooking shows again capturing the attention of home cooks across the country, it seems we aren’t quite as impressionable as first thought! The National Home Cooking Report out today reveals that despite our fast growing food culture, more than half the country (57%) stick to basic cooking methods – with many still relying on meat and three veg as their most reliable dinner staple.

Commissioned by What2Cook – an online platform designed to increase the cooking repertoire of everyday Australians – the National Home Cooking Report has also revealed that a quarter (25%) of us admit to making only a small number of recipes each week and 21% just make up their dinner recipes as they go along.

Digging deeper into Australia’s attitudes toward home cooking, the report found that convenience, is the overriding factor of what to cook each night. 60% of Aussies blatantly admit that if the ingredients aren’t accessible, they generally won’t bother. And if that wasn’t bad enough, a huge 30% of us usually opt for takeaway or a frozen meal after a busy day rather than cooking something fresh and nutritious for themselves and their household.

When it comes to who is responsible, the report reveals almost half (47%) of the male population are aware of the importance of preparing a home-cooked meal each night and always make an effort to do so (compared to just 33% of women).

Breaking these findings down into regions, Western Australia has proven to be the least organised state when it comes to home cooking, with 25% saying they would like to be more structured when preparing their meals - followed closely by NSW (23%).

What2Cook Brand Manager Janna Munn says there is an obvious disconnect between the fascination of cooking and our repertoire in the kitchen:

“It’s obvious Australia is captivated by home cooking shows like My Kitchen Rules and the Masterchef series. However, when it comes to cooking at home it seems we’re still lacking inspiration and motivation to create our own home made meals.”

“The National Home Cooking Report shows whilst convenience and time are two determining factors, many of us would still like to spice up our weeknight meal roster – and that’s what What2Cook is all about. What2Cook is about providing busy, everyday cooks with meal solutions that are simple, easy to prepare but have that unique flavour which encourages you to make it again and again," adds Munn.

Additional statistics found, include:

• Almost one third (31%) in their late twenties (to early thirties) admit they don’t put in the same love and energy into cooking as their parents once did

• Meat and three veg, spaghetti bolognaise and barbeque meat and salads are Australia’s favourite home cooked meals

• One third (33%) of those living in regional areas of the Northern Territory admit they never cook and always eat out

• 23% of those who work in I.T believe cooking is a chore, and prefer to eat out

• 18% of regional Victorians leave the cooking to someone else in the household

The National Home Cooking Report ultimately concluded that whilst Australians are seemingly shy in the kitchen, 40% admit their cooking repertoire needs work.

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