As a culture, our relationship with food and cooking has changed dramatically over the years. Although we have developed into a foodie nation, open to a wide variety of flavours and textures, the rise in easily accessible ready meals, take away and convenience food has made cooking from scratch less of a priority in many households. Researchers have revealed the true extent of this trend, finding that kitchen and cooking skills in children have dropped by a third over the past decade. Although this may be the case, home appliance manufacturer Samsung ran a survey of 2,000 British parents, learning the top 25 recipes that they would expect their youngster’s to know by the age of 11.
Here we run through the results – do your children know how to cook these meals?
Easy – just for beginners
Scrambled egg on toast, cheese on toast, stir fry, porridge, Rice Krispie/cornflake cakes:
We think that these dishes are simple enough to be mastered by even the most inexperienced cook, with minimum pan or oven contact required! With dishes for breakfast, a main meal and dessert covered in this section, if your child grasps these recipes then they will be on their way to foodie independence!
Medium – sous chef level
Spaghetti Bolognese, jacket potato with baked beans, sausage and mash, pasta bake, dippy egg and soldiers, stew/casserole, macaroni cheese, chilli con carne:
Once your child has become familiar with the basics in the kitchen, they can move on to these slightly more advanced meals. Be sure to teach them the importance of handling, preparing and cooking meat thoroughly to ensure every dish is tasty and safe to eat!
Hard – for the mini master chef!
Omelette, cottage pie, pancakes, pizza from scratch, lasagne, fairy cakes, roast chicken, beef burgers, meatballs, Victoria sponge, apple crumble, scones:
We were surprised with some of these meals and are sure that there are many adults well over the age of 11 that would struggle with some of these recipes! Making meatballs and burgers gives kids a little more freedom in the kitchen, letting them learn their likes and dislikes through the seasoning that they add. More complicated dinners such as cottage pie and lasagne have multiple elements, also teaching children about organisation and planning when cooking.
Do you know how to cook these 25 dishes? At what age did you learn how to cook? Do you think it is important that 11 year olds are confident in the kitchen? Share your thoughts with other parents in our online forum!