June 18, 2018

Top 20 foods Brits claim to like to appear cultured

More than one in ten Brits (14 per cent) have eaten food they secretly can’t stand, in a bid to appear more “cultured” according to a new study.*

MSC Cruises UK commissioned researchers to carry out the study which reveals the hilarious exaggerations Britons tell to appear more interesting, better-travelled and more worldly wise. More than 1,500 people across the UK were also surveyed in the online poll about their food experiences.

It seems millions exaggerate their knowledge of food and taste familiarity to impress their friends, family and colleagues with a further 29 percent of Brits will go as far as making out that they are ‘foodies’ – suggesting they regularly dine on oysters, quinoa and sushi – when in fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The top 20 foods Brits claim to like but secretly don’t like include:    

1.            Sushi                   

2.            Dark chocolate  

3.            Rare steak           

4.            Quinoa                

5.            Oysters               

6.            Craft ales            

7.            Smelly cheese    

8.            Hot chillies          

9.            Avocado              

10.          Granola                

11.          Raw Vegetables  

12.          Sweetbreads       

13.          Kale           


14.          Korean food        

15.          Kimchi                  

16.          Sashimi                 

17.          Courgetti             

18.          Rye Bread            

19.          Bowl food (Congee) 

20.          Aged meat           

Despite the penchant for a bit of ‘spin’ from time to time to boost our social status the study found most Brits do get their fair share of food culture. 

According to the data the average Brit will enjoy a fine dining experience on nine occasions in a year. Interestingly, 16-29 year olds are more likely to have 11 fine dining experiences in a year compared to just six culinary experiences among the 45-plus age group during the same period.

*Independent research commissioned by MSC Cruises UK. Researchers surveyed more than 1500 people across the UK in an online poll in December 2016.