One quarter of Americans would rather watch a cooking show than cook a meal, according to the results of a new survey from Wolf Appliance, Inc. The industry leader in premium cooking equipment surveyed American adults about their cooking attitudes and behaviors as part of its Reclaim the Kitchen initiative.
A longtime believer in the richness of people coming together to prepare and enjoy meals, Reclaim the Kitchen has the goal of making the process easy and accessible, enabling anyone who wishes to experience the benefits of cooking together at home, through tips, tricks and techniques.
“More than one third of adults say they spend more time in the kitchen than they have in the past, but about 42 percent also say they would rather scroll through social media than cook,” said Brian Jones, Director of Marketing for Wolf Appliance, Inc. “This tells us that we have a gap to close. Americans are interested in home cooking, but there is a need for a basic, accessible means for them to get back into their kitchens. Reclaim the Kitchen is meant to inspire people to shift from admiring food, to having the skills and understanding to cook the types of foods that appeal to them.”
The survey findings* also show that one in six adults will order takeout if a meal takes longer than 30 minutes to cook. Other cooking quirks include:
And while millennials strongly identify with food, they are more likely to avoid cooking:
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Wolf is once again using ReclaimTheKitchen.com to share a collection of practical tips and lists to help aspiring home cooks to reclaim their kitchens. The site features easy to master technique videos from dicing to braising, food safety tips, a comprehensive list of basic items and tools recommended to stock the kitchen, and a library of easy go-to recipes.
Reclaim the Kitchen was initially launched by Wolf in 2015 as a way to re-establish the kitchen as the central gathering place for families to come together and create memories over delicious food. A video spearheading the initiative on ReclaimTheKitchen.com visually expresses the sharp decline in family cooking at home and emboldens families to begin again.