Tesco survey: Chinese stir fry is the most well-known dish Brits know how to cook from scratch

  • New study from Tesco reveals top 5 well-known recipes Brits can cook from scratch without the aid of a recipe, with quick and easy weekday favourite the stir fry coming out on top and Spaghetti Bolognese a close second
  • Study also reveals more than half of UK adults (54%) know how to cook just five or fewer dishes without resorting to looking up a recipe
  • As many as one in eight would not be confident cooking an omelette without consulting a recipe, while almost a third (31%) cook a new recipe just once a year or less frequently

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-7-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new survey commissioned by Tesco into Brits’ cooking habits has found the humble Chinese stir fry is the most well-known dish people know how to cook from scratch, with 81% of people knowing how to cook one without having to resort to a recipe book.

Spaghetti Bolognese came a close second with 80% knowing how to cook the Italian classic, while 77% of people can cook a traditional Sunday Roast Dinner unaided, bringing the British favourite home in third place.

The survey was commissioned to launch a new online cooking series, Let’s Cookalong, delivered by the Tesco eat Happy Project in partnership with the Children’s Food Trust. The research, conducted with 2,000 people around the country, looked into aspects of our kitchen habits from the recipes we do and don’t feel confident cooking from scratch to how we learn new recipes, what inspires us and how our children are learning to cook.

The research found more than half of UK adults (54%) have committed just five or fewer recipes to memory and a similar proportion (51%) say they roll these out on a weekly basis, if not more often.  As many as one in eight would not be confident cooking an omelette without consulting a recipe, while almost a third (31%) cook a new recipe just once a year or less frequently.

Let’s Cookalong will help boost the culinary knowledge of parents and children throughout the summer as new videos which are added to YouTube each week. Parents and their children will be able to follow a chef cook a variety of child-friendly recipes and meal ideas, starting with picnic-themed recipes  and moving on to Moroccan, Barbeque and Indian in the coming weeks.

 

Josh Hardie, Group CR Director at Tesco, speaking on behalf of the Eat Happy Project said:

“We know families around the country love to cook together, which is really important because children that grow up learning to cook and eat healthily go on to lead healthier lives.

 “Trying a new recipe can seem daunting but tasty, healthy meals needn’t be complicated or need lots of expensive ingredients – this is the inspiration behind our new Let’s Cookalong summer series and we want as many families as possible to take part this summer.”

 

Linda Cregan, CEO of the Children’s Food Trust said:

“If we want our children to take a greater interest in food and eat more healthily it is important to keep mealtimes varied.  This not only makes food more interesting to them but also varies the nutrients they eat, gives them a more diverse palate and helps them be braver with their food choices.”
The top five meals survey respondents said they were confident or very confident cooking without a recipe were:

  1. Stir Fry (81%)
  2. Spaghetti Bolognese (80%)
  3. Sunday roast (77%)
  4. Cottage/shepherd’s pie (74%)
  5. Beef casserole (68%)

The survey found many of these recipes were passed down from our mothers; half of all women (51%) learned the recipes they do know from their mum, while only one in 20 of us (5%) picked them up from our fathers.  This is a trend which looks likely to shift in the future with a third of dads polled (33%) saying they would like their children to learn how to cook from them. It seems that cooking together is becoming a family pastime as a quarter of parents (25%) with children aged between 6 – 10 say they cook together all the time while almost half (49%) do so occasionally.

The survey also revealed the real variety in cooking habits across the UK:

  • Almost a third of those from Edinburgh claim to have committed 10 or more recipes to memory, by far the highest proportion of any UK city
  • Liverpudlians proved to be the most experimental cooks with 8% saying they cook new recipes every week, higher than the national average of 5%
  • Belfast parents are the most diligent at cooking with their children, narrowly beating out Newcastle, with almost one in five saying they do so all the time
  • The cooks of Norwich appear to be the most frugal with the highest proportion citing trying to save money as a key inspiration for learning new recipes

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ABOUT THE TESCO EAT HAPPY PROJECT

The Tesco Eat Happy Project is a long-term commitment to help 4 – 11 year olds have a healthier and happier relationship with food. Tesco believes that if children understand more about food and where it comes from, they can make better decisions about what they put on their plates when they grow up.

Tesco’s ambition is to give every primary school-aged child in the UK the opportunity to go on Farm to Fork Trails, Online Field Trips and Let’s Cook courses, to support their syllabus in learning about food and nutrition. All are free and open to every 4 – 11 year old in the country.

  • Farm to Fork Trails offer interactive, educational fun at over 770 Tesco stores and more than 170 Supplier Partner’s farms and factories. Children learn how to bake bread rolls, taste new foods or see how cows are milked. The trails are based across the country and Tesco contribute towards transport costs.
  • Online Field Trips broadcast live from farms and factories across the globe. Children use technology in the classroom to stand in a muddy field and discover where the food on their plates comes from, without needing to pull on their wellies. They can chat to real growers and producers using Google+ Hangouts.
  • Free, downloadable resources are developed with teachers and nutrition experts to be age-appropriate and linked to the national curriculum. They include lesson plans, recipes, videos and activities, and span all subjects so that teachers can add a healthy eating theme to any lesson.
  • Let’s Cook courses, run in partnership with the Children’s Food Trust, aim to give children the skills and passion to cook and eat healthily. Children take away an apron and healthy recipes to help them continue cooking at home.

The Tesco Eat Happy Project launched in March 2014 and has now seen over 890,000 children find out where their food comes from, as well as how to cook nutritious meals through participation in Farm to Fork Trails, Online Field Trips and Let’s Cook courses.

To understand more about The Tesco Eat Happy Project, please visit http://www.tesco.com/eathappyproject  or tweet us on @EatHappyProject

ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S FOOD TRUST
The Children’s Food Trust is a national charity on a mission to get every child eating better: at home, in childcare, at school and beyond. Follow us on Twitter@childfoodtrust and like us on Facebook. Registered charity number 1118995

 

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Tesco and Children’s Food Trust partner to expand network of children’s ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ clubs

  • Children’s Food Trust joins forces with Tesco in new deal worth almost £5 million to expand network of children’s ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ clubs
  • New clubs will be concentrated in disadvantaged areas and the number of clubs will be expanded by a third

Cheshunt, England, 2015-4-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Food Trust has today confirmed a brand new partnership with The Tesco Eat Happy Project worth almost £5 million to expand ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ – the UK’s biggest network of school cooking clubs.

The new clubs will be concentrated in disadvantaged areas with a high proportion of low income families, where improving cooking skills can have the greatest impact for children. Research shows children from poorer homes are more likely to be obese – over a fifth of children from low-income households were classed as obese in 2013, compared with only 7% of children in higher income groups.

Children learn how to cook a huge variety of useful meals at Let’s Get Cooking clubs, from healthy favourites like salads, omelettes and soups to world cuisine like curries, stir fries and chilli.

The clubs have been proved to have a real and lasting impact on children’s relationship with their food – research shows that almost all children who take part cook again at home, and more than half say they eat more healthily since learning to cook at a club.

As well as keeping around 3,000 existing clubs going, this new partnership with Tesco will help the Children’s Food Trust set up an additional 1,000 clubs across the UK during 2016.  This means up to 72,000 more children will get to benefit from learning how to cook at the clubs.

Linda Cregan, Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Food Trust, said:

“If we want children in the UK to eat better, we have to give them the skills they need to cook – and companies like Tesco can have enormous influence to make that happen so we’re thrilled to be working with them.

“This funding is an incredible opportunity to give many more children the chance to make that connection between where food comes from and the meal on a plate, and to grow our army of inspirational cooking club champions right across the UK.”

Originally established seven years ago with £20m of investment from the Big Lottery Fund, The Children’s Food Trust’s Let’s Get Cooking programme has established a network of 3,000 successful primary and special school clubs in England and has so far helped almost 2 million children and parents improve their cooking skills.

Josh Hardie, Corporate Responsibility Director for Tesco said:

“The Tesco Eat Happy Project is our long-term commitment to help the next generation have a happier and healthier relationship with their food. A crucial part of this means giving children the tools they need to make better decisions about what they put on their plates when they grow up.

“We’re thrilled to be supporting Let’s Get Cooking clubs – it means we can reach as many children as possible, creating a real legacy for cooking skills in this country.”

This week The Tesco Eat Happy Project also launched a series of pop-up Easter cooking classes for nearly 900 children in 25 Tesco stores across the country. The classes, delivered by the Children’s Food Trust and called ‘Let’s  Cook’, will build on the successes of the cooking classes launched by The Eat Happy Project last summer, and will teach children aged 5-11 how to cook a variety of healthy meals from spaghetti bolognese to paella.

The Tesco Eat Happy Project is the retailer’s long-term commitment to help children aged 4-11years have a healthier and happier relationship with food. Tesco has worked with the Children’s Food Trust since 2014, delivering more than cooking courses to more than 3,500 children in stores across the UK – one attended by the Deputy Prime Minister.

For two years, the ‘Let’s Get Cooking with The Tesco Eat Happy Project’ will also give clubs – both old and new – grants to help with equipment and ingredient costs, practical cooking training sessions for their volunteer co-ordinators, activity packs and recipe ideas.  In all, the project is set to give children in every county in England the chance to improve their cooking skills.

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For more information, contact Claire Rick at media@childrensfoodtrust.org.uk or 07867 536794 or Alasdair Gee atAlasdair.gee@uk.tesco.com or 01992 644 645

Notes to Editors:

The Children’s Food Trust is the national charity protecting every child’s right to eat better and, so, to do better; at school, at home and beyond. Its vision is that all children should have the balanced diet, cooking skills and food education they need for good health and to reach their potential. The Trust runs the UK’s biggest network of healthy cooking clubs, Let’s Get Cooking. For more information, visit www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk, follow the Trust@childfoodtrust and like us on Facebook. Registered charity number 1118995

The Tesco Eat Happy Project is a long-term commitment to help 4 – 11 year olds have a healthier and happier relationship with food. Tesco believes that if children understand more about food and where it comes from, they can make better decisions about what they put on their plates when they grow up.

Tesco’s ambition is to give every primary school-aged child in the UK the opportunity to go on Farm to Fork Trails, Online Field Trips and Let’s Cook courses, to support their syllabus in learning about food and nutrition. All are free and open to every 4 – 11 year old in the country.

  •  Farm to Fork Trails offer interactive, educational fun at over 770 Tesco stores and more than 170 Supplier Partner’s farms and factories. Children learn how to bake bread rolls, taste new foods or see how cows are milked. The trails are based across the country and Tesco contribute towards transport costs.
  • Online Field Trips broadcast live from farms and factories across the globe. Children use technology in the classroom to stand in a muddy field and discover where the food on their plates comes from, without needing to pull on their wellies. They can chat to real growers and producers using Google+ Hangouts.
  • Free, downloadable resources are developed with teachers and nutrition experts to be age-appropriate and linked to the national curriculum. They include lesson plans, recipes, videos and activities, and span all subjects so that teachers can add a healthy eating theme to any lesson.
  • Let’s Cook courses, run in partnership with the Children’s Food Trust, aim to give children the skills and passion to cook and eat healthily. Children take away an apron and healthy recipes to help them continue cooking at home.

The Tesco Eat Happy Project launched in March 2014 and has now seen over 685,000 children find out where their food comes from, as well as how to cook nutritious meals through participation in Farm to Fork Trails, Online Field Trips and Let’s Cook courses.

To understand more about The Tesco Eat Happy Project, please visit http://www.tesco.com/ eathappyproject or tweet us on @EatHappyProject

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.