Fewer than half of today’s children can identify a ladle and a quarter believe sauté is a type of French dance, according to new research out today.
But the study of 1665 children, parents and teachers found that nearly all the kids were able to recognise a microwave.
Only half of children could recognise a garlic crusher and when it came to the definition of sauté, many were left clueless.
As well as a quarter believing it was a type of French dance, nearly one in ten said it was ‘stirring ingredients in a clockwise direction’ and one in 20 thought it was a wig.
Over a quarter of parents admitted that they don’t encourage their children to cook and almost a fifth said they have stopped their children cooking at home for fear of injury or mess.
But nearly every parent questioned said they thought cookery skills should be taught in school.
More than 90 per cent of teachers feared children were growing up incapable of preparing a home-cooked meal and should be given lessons in school, the poll for Sainsbury’s found.
The findings have been published alongside the launch of the ‘Active Kids Get Cooking’ campaign, which is supported by Sainsbury’s
It’s a healthy eating and cookery scheme aimed at school children and developed in line with the curriculum throughout the UK.
Robert Crumbie, from Sainsbury’s, said: ‘This research shows the nation has a real desire for an increased level of cookery education.
‘We’re thrilled to be launching the Active Kids Get Cooking scheme, which aims to deliver this.’
Ministers have proposed new cookery lessons for schoolchildren in an attempt to improve the diets of young people.