The MasterChef effect? Kitchen no longer women"s domain, study reveals

The MasterChef effect Kitchen no longer women’s domain as study reveals more men than ever are doing the cooking

A woman's place may no longer be in the kitchen, as millions of men have been inspired to sharpen up their culinary skills thanks to shows such as MasterChef.

A study found almost half (44 per cent) of men now prepare all of the family meals, simply because they enjoy doing it.

While two thirds of women view cooking as a chore and despair at the thought of preparing dinner.

Culinary trend: Millions of men have been inspired to sharpen up their culinary skills thanks to shows such as MasterChef

Culinary trend: Millions of men have been inspired to sharpen up their culinary skills thanks to shows such as MasterChef

The findings suggest that for the first time the kitchen may no longer be a woman's domain.

Anne Claypole, of Ross
Burgers, a frozen foods company which commissioned the survey of 2,000 people said: 'Long gone are the days when it was the woman of the house who slaved
over a hot stove.

'It’s great
that so many men are now much more interested and curious about cooking;
this can only be a make life easier for families across the UK.'

She cited 'macho' chefs such as Marco Pierre White and Gordon
Ramsay for fuelling the trend.

One sixth of females admitted they
never cook at home because they simply don't know how and most rely in their partner's culinary skills.

And it was those aged over 55 who enjoy cooking the
most, with half insisting they love spending time in the kitchen.

The survey also looked at trends across the UK, finding that six out of 10 inhabitants of York actively enjoyed cooking, compared to just one out of 10
people in Wrexham.

Meanwhile Liverpool was found to have the least confident cooks, with more than one in ten (11.11 per cent)
admitting their own cooking is always either poor or very poor.

Ms Claypole addeed: 'It has been fascinating to discover different cooking trends across the sexes, the country and age ranges.

'For too long this duty was
left to women but thankfully we are now witnessing a real sea-change in
attitudes.'