Kiwi family dinner habits revealed: Fights, dancing, kitchen 'war zone'

Kiwi cooks like to listen to music, hit the vino, and dance while making dinner - but it also can be a "war zone", a new survey has revealed.

The research comes from a survey of more than 1000 New Zealand adults, commissioned by meal box delivery service HelloFresh.

The research showed that food is such a contentious issue, 13 percent of couples and families fight about what they actually want to eat.

A fifth of respondents said their friends or partners found them "annoying" when they cooked, and 26 percent said when they'd finished cooking, their kitchen "resembled a war zone".

The survey also revealed most of us stick to a fairly repetitive set of recipes - continually rotating a small number of options on a regular basis.

Kiwi family dinner habits revealed: Fights, dancing, kitchen 'war zone'
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What we lack in culinary imagination we make up for in kitchen confidence, with more than a quarter (27 percent) of Kiwis surveyed believing food tastes better when they've cooked it themselves, and many enjoying a boogie and a glass of wine while cooking.

It turns out for many Kiwis, cooking is also a major time issue.

Around four in 10 (38 percent) Kiwis spent up to 15-30 minutes a day deciding what to eat, with a further fifth (20 percent) taking up to an hour to plan their meal choices.

A small minority (13 percent) said they spent more than an hour working out their meals.

Kiwi family dinner habits revealed: Fights, dancing, kitchen 'war zone'
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Former Masterchef contestant and CEO of HelloFresh New Zealand Tom Rutledge says the results may explain why Kiwi consumers turn to other sources for recipe inspiration more than any other country surveyed.

"The research highlighted that Kiwis are bored with serving up the same few meals on repeat and have started looking for new sources of inspiration for dinner time," he says.

HelloFresh is one of the world's largest meal kit providers.

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