Don't tell the wife! Over half of British men think their mums are better cooks than their partners Three quarters of men admit they've rowed with their wives over the matter
00:14 GMT, 16 March 2012
It may not be the best topic of conversation for the dinner table, but more than half of British men believe their mothers are better cooks than their partners.
In a poll of 2,000 men, 55 per cent said they would prefer to eat a meal made by their mother than their other half.
And trying to match the quality of a mother’s ‘proper’ cooking is causing friction among couples, with 75 per cent of men admitting that their complaints about meals had caused a row.
Just like Mother made! Over half of men prefer their mother's cooking to heir wives – and three quarters say they've rowed over the matter with their partner
One in three believe their mothers take
more time and care over cooking, with three in ten complaining that
their partner is more likely to dish up a ready meal.
Nick Thorogood of TV channel Food Network UK, which carried out the poll, said: ‘Men seek the comfort of cooking they have grown up with. They turn to mums for what they perceive as a proper meal.
‘A lot of the best recipes Brits have are likely to have been handed down to them from their mums.’
Dan White, 29, a barman from London,
said: ‘My girlfriend tried to prepare nice dinners but they just don’t
measure up to mum’s home cooking.
'I’ve found myself going home a lot, and mum even prepares meals for me to take away.’
Research also showed that 27 per cent have even sneaked back home for dinner without their partners knowing.
One in three say their mothers take more time and care over cooking than their other halves – with three in ten complaining their partner is more likely to serve a ready meal.
The study also revealed 47 per cent of men would complain if their partner’s food wasn’t the same standard as their mum’s.
And one in ten even admitted moaning on a regular basis about ‘below par' dinners.
The research marks the launch of Food
Network’s special weekend of Mother’s Day programmes on Saturday 17
March at 6.30pm and Sunday 18 at midday and 7pm.
Less effort: Men complain their young wives don't as much effort with their dishes as their mothers do