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Third of fathers do all the cooking

Almost a third of today's fathers take sole responsibility for cooking, compared with just 4% of their own fathers, a survey suggests

Men are increasingly defining their status by their culinary ability and are taking on more responsibility for teaching their children to cook, the poll for BBC Good Food has revealed.

More than a third of men (36%) said cooking a restaurant-quality meal at home would make them feel most proud, trumping learning a foreign language and using it on holiday (33%), learning to play an instrument (27%) and driving a fast lap in a sports car (23%).

Almost one in three of today's fathers (29%) take on sole responsibility for cooking, with those polled reporting that just 4% of their fathers did the same.

The survey also found 87% of today's fathers take on at least some responsibility for cooking compared with 55% of their parents' generation.

And 29% of men surveyed described cooking as one of their favourite hobbies, more than those who named football (22%) and cycling (21%).

Almost three-quarters (74%) of fathers said they encouraged their children to learn to cook, although this is 10% higher for mothers, and 68% of fathers cook with their children once a month or more.

Half of men (51%) claim to do more cooking since becoming a parent.

But 60% of women take sole responsibility for grocery shopping compared with 21% of men, while 45% of mothers took complete responsibility for cleaning kitchen surfaces compared with 23% of men, and 56% always cleaned the oven.

But conversely, the barbecue is no longer the male domain it once was, with virtually the same number of men and women - 35% and 33% - regularly cooking on it, the survey found.

BBC Good Food magazine editor Gillian Carter: "Our survey really uncovers the emerging trend of men defining themselves by their cooking ability.

"This is a generation of men more proud to cook a restaurant-quality meal than learn an instrument or score a cup-winning goal.

"However, on the flip side, women are still responsible for more day-to-day food chores, with men showing a little less enthusiasm for this side of things."

:: Immediate Media surveyed 1,261 members of its Insiders' Panel in April.


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