KNOWING what order to use cutlery, having dined at a Michelin-star restaurant and being able to pronounce “quinoa” correctly are among the signs you’re a foodie.
A poll of 2,000 adults looked at the traits which indicate you have a refined interest in food.
And watching several cookery programmes a week, having a detailed knowledge of herbs and knowing the right temperature to serve cheese are all featured in the top 50.
As does having a wish list of all the restaurants you want to visit, a subscription to a food magazine and keeping 30-plus spices in your kitchen cupboard.
Being able to correctly pronounce the word “crudités” – and knowing what crudités are – also suggest you know your food.
The research was commissioned by Estrella Damm ahead of their Top 100 Auction which is set to auction off experiences with top chefs to raise money for the charity Hospitality Action.
These “foodie” experiences will help raise funds for pubs and restaurants recovering from the financial losses of Covid-19.
The study found more than half of adults consider themselves to be a foodie – someone with a sophisticated love of food.
The study also found going on holiday just for the food and being able to chop ingredients really quickly – “like they do on TV” – also indicate someone is a foodie.
Knowing the difference between sushi and sashimi, owning a pestle and mortar, and being able to use chopsticks suggest as much as well.
It also emerged many of those polled have culinary wish lists – including restaurants they’d like to visit, foods they’d like to try and countries they’d like to visit for the cuisine.
In a similar vein, the research also found 51 per cent of adults “love” learning new things about cuisine – such as how it is prepared.
As a result, 15 per cent have been on a cookery course of some sort – which might explain why 48 per cent claim to be a good cook.
But many of those polled are more than happy to be cooked for – particularly when it’s an especially upmarket meal, with 53 per cent saying that eating out is their passion.
This love for food extends to supporting the food industry too – with 69 per cent believing this sector needs public support more ever before.
In fact, seven in 10 feel so strongly about this that they go out of their way to eat at independent restaurants – with the specific aim of helping the food industry.
The Estrella Damm study carried out through OnePoll found consumers usually dine out twice a month – spending over £638 in total per person during a typical year.
The aspects of eating out those polled like most is the anticipation of your meal being brought to you, not having to cook and being sociable.
And their top three favourite cuisines are Italian, “British”, and Chinese – however, this doesn’t mean they aren’t open to trying new things.
40 per cent revealed they’ll give dishes they’ve never had before a try wherever possible.
While a quarter would be prepared to travel “hundreds” of miles for the “perfect” meal.
James Healey, the Estrella Damm UK Country Manager, added: “More than half of those polled wish they could do more to support the food and drink industry.
“Up until recently, they’ve been limited in what they can do to help, but our hope is that the auction we are holding will enable the nation’s foodies to make a difference.”
The auction held by Estrella Damm to raise money for the charity Hospitality Action can be found here.