Cooking Skills Have Improved So Much in 2020 That 40% Think They’re Ready to Compete on MasterChef

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More than 40% of Americans think their cooking skills have improved so much during the pandemic that they could now compete on TV’s “MasterChef,” according to a new survey.

More than six in 10 Americans said their cooking skills have improved since the beginning of the pandemic, and a new survey of 2,000 Americans revealed insights on how cooking has become a bigger part of people’s lives since the pandemic began.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Certified Piedmontese, the poll examined how the pandemic has proven a kitchen confidence booster for many Americans, and how they plan to continue this culinary momentum in the new year and beyond.

If your New Year’s resolutions involve eating better, you’re far from alone. Six in 10 respondents reported that improving their culinary skills is at the top of their resolution list this year.

On average, respondents have learned to cook eight new dishes in 2020. And that trend shows no sign of stopping, as 77% of respondents reported a desire to attempt to tackle at least one worldly dish in the New Year.

Top sophisticated dishes respondents are aiming to perfect in 2021 included filet mignon (26%), croissants (25%), and beef Wellington (25%).

But that doesn’t mean these fancy favorites will come easily to would-be MasterChefs.

The average respondent reported that they’ll try cooking a new dish six times before they can perfect it.

The secret to perfection? Quality ingredients, according to eight in 10 respondents, who said these are the differentiator between a great dish and a mediocre one.

The study also found that 66% of people would love to cook with higher-end ingredients, but wouldn’t go out of their way to buy them for themselves.

However, the same amount of respondents admit when they find something on sale or at a discount, they don’t hesitate to purchase it, with two-thirds of respondents saying they check to verify that the claims about their food are verified and that the food came from a reputable source.

“Whether you’re whipping up prime rib to celebrate New Year’s Day, crafting that perfect roulade to impress your significant other on Valentine’s Day, or marking any other special occasion with a new culinary endeavor in 2021,” an Executive Chef from Certified Piedmontese said, “starting with quality-sourced ingredients is key to success.”

The dishes people are interested in mastering in 2021

  1. Filet mignon 26%
  2. Croissants 25%
  3. Beef Wellington 25%
  4. Macarons 24%
  5. Souffle 23%
  6. Baked Alaska 23%
  7. Salt-crusted fish 20%
  8. Pad thai 19%
  9. Bearnaise sauce 19%
  10. Boeuf Bourguignon 19%