Are you a real ‘foodie’? Check out the 50 signs that prove you’re a true gastro expert

WE’VE all eaten our way through lockdown with frequent trips to the fridge replacing our daily commute. 

If you've ever considered yourself a genuine foodie, experts have revealed the 50 signs which confirm if you’re really a gastronomical expert. 

From owning herbs and spices to actually using a cookbook for its recipes rather than a chopping board, see how many you can tick off. 

The list was commissioned by Estrella Damm who asked 2,000 adults about what they thought qualified as having a refined taste in food. 

The research, conducted by OnePoll, found that being able to pronounce dishes correctly, travelling abroad for food and knowing how to set a table properly were all qualities of a genuine foodie. 

The top 50 list has been released ahead of Estrella Damm’s Top 100 Auction, where experiences with top chefs are being auctioned off to raise money for the hospitality sector as it recovers from financial losses during lockdown. 

50 signs you’re a foodie

1. You genuinely enjoy cooking
2. You don't rely on recipes to make meals
3. You enjoy experimenting in the kitchen
4. You know how to remove the bones from a fish
5. You know where different cuts of meat come from
6. You go to great lengths to make meals as authentic as possible
7. You have an encyclopaedic knowledge of herbs
8. You know how to make pasta from scratch
9. You actually use the cookbooks you own
10. You avoid ready meals like the plague
11. You know precisely how long to cook a steak depending on preference
12. You know precisely what temperature certain cheeses should be served at
13. You avoid ready-made sauces like the plague
14. You have written your own recipes
15. You have in excess of 30 spices in your kitchen cupboard
16. Your kitchen is their favourite room in the house
17. You make your own marmalade, jams, and pickles
18. You go on holiday for the food
19. You can chop food really quickly – like they do on TV
20. You have five or more different oils in your cupboard
21. You watch cookery programmes several times a week
22. You know the exact point food is al dente
23. You do your food shop in markets and independent stores where possible
24. You know precisely what temperature certain drinks should be served at
25. You can make homemade pizzas (including the dough)
26. You grow your own herbs
27. You can cook rice without it going soggy
28. You grow your own vegetables
29. You’ve dined in a Michelin-star restaurant
30. You know how to flambe
31. You know what consommé is
32. You know the difference between sushi and sashimi
33. You shop for organic and locally produced food items where possible
34. You own a set of fancy knives
35. You read food blogs and websites obsessively
36. You have imported food items rarely found in the UK from abroad
37. You own a pestle and mortar
38. You wouldn't complain about the temperature of Gazpacho soup
39. You know how to make coulis
40. You know what a la carte means
41. You have a subscription to a food magazine
42. You can pronounce 'quinoa' correctly
43. Most of the people you follow on Instagram are chefs, bakers, or food bloggers
44. You know which order to lay and use cutlery
45. You have a wish list of all the restaurants you want to visit
46. You know which beers go best with different meals
47. You know what crudités are
48. You know what an aperitif is
49. You wouldn't turn your nose up if offered snails or frog legs
50. You can correctly pronounce the word 'crudités'

James Healey, Estrella Damm UK country manager said: “As the research shows, most of the UK consider themselves food buffs.

"We want to do our part to ensure the industry can continue to give everyone a chance to experience the finest food.

“We hope the Estrella Damm Top 100 Auction will showcase the best restaurant experiences while raising critical funds for the hospitality industry.

“The auction will mean more of us will be able to embrace our foodie sides – and get the chance to learn new things about cuisine, while also supporting an industry in need.”

The research also found 51 per cent of people ‘love’ learning new things about cooking and food, such as how some dishes are prepared. 

Most of the UK consider themselves food buffs

As a result some 15 per cent have been on some form of cookery course, although 53 per cent admitted eating out is their passion. 

Seven in 10 went out of their way to find independent restaurants, with 41 per cent reckoning the food tastes better.

Some 31 per cent thought the staff were more knowledgeable and passionate, while 28 per cent claimed the food was of a ‘higher standard’. 

Despite their love of restaurants, just under half – 48 per cent – claimed to be a good cook themselves. 

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The study found that people usually dine out twice a month, spending £638 per person a year on average. 

A quarter admitted they’d travel ‘hundreds of miles’ for the perfect meal, with the top three cuisines Brits love named as Italian, British and Chinese, although 40 per cent said they’d like to try new dishes. 

James Healey 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.”

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