Men think they have conquered the kitchen – because they create more adventurous dishes
35 per cent of men think they are more adventurous in the kitchen
28 per cent of childen prefer their mother's cooking whereas only 15 per cent rate their father's
More than one third of men rated themselves as an accomplished cook according to the poll of 2,000 adults
15:10 GMT, 24 July 2012
They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach but it
seems the dining tables have turned as increasing numbers of men believe they are the head chefs of the household.
A new survey revealed that, despite not actually cooking very often, 35 per cent of men think they are more adventurous and experimental in the kitchen than their other halves.
While women cook twice as much as the man of the house, 42 per cent of men said they like to tackle tricky dishes and accused their other half of cooking the same things over and over again.
More than one third of men rate themselves as accomplished chefs
The study, by Total Greek Yoghurt, also found females favour quick and easy meals such as chicken nuggets and pasta but the most popular meals for men to cook were fillet steak, hot curries and risottos.
It also emerged more than one quarter of females can cook over 21 meals from memory, but over half said they cook the same meals all the time because they are so pushed for time.
A spokesman for Total Greek Yoghurt said: 'In many households, women are still doing the majority of the cooking.
'Mums often prepare evening meals and deal with the more everyday dishes.
Many men get their inspiration from online recipes or TV shows which Jamie Oliver made famous
'But this research shows that it is men who are more adventurous and experimental in the kitchen.
'This may be due to the fact that women are trying to juggle their hectic lifestyles with finding the time to find simple but tasty recipe inspiration for every day meals, where as men perhaps experiment more at weekends when they have more time to research ingredients and ideas.
'More than one in ten of the women surveyed were even jealous of their partners cooking ability with 58 per cent claiming they wish they had more time to experiment in the kitchen.'
And 37 per cent of men get the bulk of their recipe inspiration from online recipes sites and one in five blokes regularly get ideas from watching TV cookery shows.
But on the other hand, nearly half of women prefer to turn to good old mum for recipe ideas.
Despite the culinary rivalry, romance is not dead as it was revealed that one quarter of men regularly treat their wife to a three course candle lit dinner.
Couples also like to involve the children in the debate as 28 per cent of kids prefer mum’s cooking whereas only 15 per cent rate dad’s.
Total’s guest chef Paul Merrett said: 'It’s encouraging to know there is competition over the cooking in many British households.
'Thirty years ago it would have been unheard of for the man of the house to muck in with the family dinner so it’s great that so many couples do take it in turn and have friendly rivalry over who turns out the best meals.
'Also unlike years ago there is now such a wealth of inspiration online, on packets of food and in supermarkets for new and creative recipes.'