England has won the 2022 World Cup – of food
In a poll of 2,000 Brits, our native cuisine was voted the best in the world, ahead of France and Spain.
Brazil, a favourite in World Cup football, had to settle for 17th place.
The ‘unofficial’ international food tournament ranked the countries with the best cuisines, and saw the USA and Japan finish in the top 10.
While this year’s tournament hosts Qatar also featured in the top 30.
TUI commissioned the study and also created its own knockout table to show the top food-producing countries.
It was created to launch the Travel Company’s The World Cook TV Series. 16 contestants will compete in six destinations and face country-specific challenges to become The World Cook.
It also emerged the average adult eats five international meals per week – nearly a quarter of their weekly ‘three meals a day’.
Despite expanding their horizons to international cuisine, the traditional roast dinner was still the most popular global food. It received 39% of the vote, beating out Mexican tacos (27%), and Belgian chocolate (28%).
Spanish paella (27%), American hamburger (22%), and Moroccan tabine (19%) are among the top cuisines.
Toby Horry, TUI’s director of brand and content, said: “I’m sure our knockout competition of world food will trigger a lot of debate.
“And although we are an unashamed nation of roast dinner lovers, the research shows that international cuisine has become a part of our everyday lives and culture.
“Like the World Cup, The World Cook TV series brings together people with a common passion – always a winning combination.”
Celebration of culture
The study also revealed that 8/10 adults enjoy eating international cuisines. 38% also find satisfaction in cooking them, which keeps things interesting (63%), and broadens their food options (53%).
While 56 per cent think eating a variety of foods from around the world has made them more ‘cultured’.
And 69 per cent admitted there’s nothing better than enjoying a range of international cuisines – with those cooking five from scratch each week, on average.
Of the food items made from scratch, the Tunisian dish of couscous (15 per cent), Saudi Arabia’s falafel (13 per cent) and the Swiss cheese fondue (12 per cent) were among the international choices cooked most often.
31% spend a lot of time researching recipes to cook and eat international cuisines.
However, 36% of respondents have traveled to other countries to try new cuisines.
According to OnePoll data 26% want to make mealtimes more enjoyable.
While 68 per cent of those who eat international dishes think there’s nothing better than enjoying a range of intercontinental cuisines.
Toby Horry added: “Our new TV seriesThe World Cup is an inspiration for the teams participating and a celebration of the many foods we enjoy around our world.
“And like the World Cup, viewers can expect a fast-paced, fiercely contested tournament.
“Sixteen international chefs will cook off against each other in a series of challenges in some amazing locations, with Emma Willis and Fred Siriex compering.”
Top 30 Countries with the Best International Cuisine
- Costa Rica
- Saudi Arabia
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