A spokesman for Circulon said: “It’s been very insightful to discover what makes the average consumer tick, and what categorises them as a ‘good’ cook.
“Proficient home cooks tend to be those who are confident about preparing food in front of others, and who are knowledgeable about their food, cookware and kitchen equipment.
“It’s been fascinating to uncover just how many people class themselves as relatively good at cooking. The rise of cookery programmes and the increased popularity of sharing food on social media have influenced Britain’s love of food and desire to cook.”
Researchers found just 5% of respondents class themselves as an ‘excellent’ cook, while 43% say they’re ‘good’.
The average person cooks around 11 dishes on rotation. Two-thirds of those quizzed are confident about throwing together random ingredients from their cupboard to make something delicious and 55% say they are confident knowing which herbs should be used.
A third often try to replicate celebrity recipes and 22% are so proficient at preparing food that they don’t even weigh the ingredients, preferring to throw them in at random.
And when it comes to cookware, 23% will always read reviews before purchase and 22% take recommendations from friends and family.
Inspiration for cooking still comes from cookery books for 54% of people, while 43% regularly watch cookery programmes.
The spokesman for Circulon continued: “Carrying out this research has enabled us to fully appreciate our customers’ needs in the kitchen, while recognising their ability, confidence and approach to home cooking.
“Our findings have informed and influenced key elements in the development of future cookware ranges, with customer buying habits and usability in mind.”
TOP 50 SIGNS OF A GOOD COOK
- Can rustle up anything from scratch
- Loves to eat as well as cook
- Willing to experiment and try all foods and ingredients when cooking at home
- Happy to prepare food in front of guests
- Always being able to whip something up when there’s virtually nothing in the cupboard
- When making a roast dinner, ensures that everything finishes cooking at the same time
- Can identify certain herbs from appearance
- Can throw things together knowing that the different combinations (of foods, herbs, spices) will go together well and taste good
- Experiments with dishes by adding a twist on classics
- Experiments with recipes more than once a week
- Able to laugh if things go wrong in the kitchen
- Can identify herbs and spices by the taste
- Knows what herbs go in each dishes
- Can chop ingredients really finely and safely
- Always has eggs and milk in the fridge
- Home-makes all condiments and sauces
- Owns a spice rack
- Always the one that people go to for cooking tips
- Knows what every utensil in the kitchen does
- Has a very well stocked pantry with all kinds of ingredients eg masala leaves, curry powder, mustard seeds, different types of oils: olive, avocado, roasted sesame seed, peanut, truffle, canola
- Doesn’t need Oxo to make gravy
- Will invite extra people to stay to dinner at a moment’s notice
- Rarely eats takeaways
- Knows exactly how long to cook a perfectly poached egg
- Knows how to peel fruit and veggies efficiently
- Knows and practices cooking terms such as al dente, broil, blanch, clarify, deglaze, flambé, gratin
- Always wants to try a new dish when eating out
- Able to guess what’s in a dish just from the taste
- Never needs to use a cookbook
- Always the designated cook for large family gatherings
- Knows when a cake is done without having to stick a cocktail stick in it a hundred times
- Knows measurements without having to actually measure
- Owns good quality cookware
- Writes a detailed list for the ‘food shop’
- Knows which wine to pair with certain meat or fish
- Owns a full set of herbs/spices
- Enjoys a messy kitchen
- Doesn’t need a timer
- Understands what all the symbols on the oven mean
- Can chop an onion in seconds
- Able to cook steaks perfectly using the thumb technique
- Always adds in ‘just the right amount’
- Knows what ‘bain marie’ is and has the perfect pans for it
- Knows the correct pronunciation of unusual or exotic foods
- Knows which wine to drink with meat
- Can flip a pancake perfectly
- Knows how to prepare celeriac
- Mum goes round for Sunday dinner rather than the other way round
- Always read food magazines
- Owns a set of fancy knives