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Have Irish parents put cooking on the back burner?

McCloat, A, Mooney, E and Hollywood, L.E. (2017) Have Irish parents put cooking on the back burner? British Food Journal, 119 (5). [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1108/BFJ-09-2016-0440


Purpose: The purpose of this paper it to examine the self-reported food skills, cooking confidence and practices amongst a sample of parents on the Island of Ireland (IOI) and to highlight jurisdictional similarities and differences between Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI).Design/methodology/approach: Parents (n=363) on the IOI completed a questionnaire exploring confidence levels of food skills, cooking techniques executed and the identification of barriers which might impact on meal preparation. Non-probability convenience sampling was utilised.Findings: The majority of parents (75 percent) learned their basic cooking skills from their mother with home economics classes being the second most popular source of learning. There were a number of statistically significant jurisdictional differences. For example, when preparing dinners, Northern Ireland (NI) parents were less likely to enjoy cooking and more likely to use processed foods such as breaded frozen chicken and jars of sauces than Republic of Ireland (ROI) (x2=56.167, df=1, p<.001). Similarly, parents in NI were less likely to involve family members in meal preparation (x2=17.939, df=1, p<.001). Parents in the ROI reported higher confidence levels than NI parents when cooking from basic ingredients; following a simple recipe and preparing new foods. Over half (51 percent) of parents identified barriers to cooking with fresh ingredients as: time, cost, busy family life and limited facilities.Research limitations/implications: Findings indicate that parents would benefit from exposure to practical food skills intervention focused on quick, nutritious family meals while simultaneously developing parents’ culinary skills and cooking confidence in home cooked meal preparation.Practical implications:Social implications:Originality/value: There is a lack of information pertaining to food skills and cooking confidence amongst parents on the IOI.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:cooking skills
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:36609
Deposited By: Dr Lynsey Hollywood
Deposited On:11 May 2017 09:06
Last Modified:03 Jan 2018 23:23

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