A New Generation of Hobby Cooks is on the Rise
Posted on October 28 2012
It was less than a decade ago when studies showed that the highest percentage of diners who ate outside of their home were in their early to mid twenties. It was more of an attractive option to take a date out to a nice restaurant than stay at home. It also spoke to the lack of skill as well as a lack of desire to learn. But with the influx of attractive celebrity chefs, the foodie movement and food blogging, the younger generation of food lovers is discovering more and more the benefits of eating out of their own kitchen.
Food blogging, which covers the gamut from restaurant dining experiences, travel food blogging, home chef blogging and any combination of those has increased significantly in the last ten years. There are even popular food bloggers who have yet to make it out of their teenage years. In many ways it is incredibly heartening to see a love of good food being spread across a generation that previous considered the Twinkie its own food group. The focus of many of these blogs is on taste as well as being health conscious and keeping an eye on the organic and sustainable resources.
What does this potentially mean for the culinary industry? It means that there are a lot of people waking up to their love of healthy, delicious food and this could potentially lead to a flooding of the culinary industry. It also means that cooking, both at home and in professional kitchens is no longer viewed as a chore. Cooking is now viewed as something fun and impressive. Small dinner parties are becoming more popular than hitting the club or going out for a night on the town. This doesn’t mean that the nightclub industry is suffering, only that as the entertainment industry catches up to the consumer mindset there will be more and more do-it-yourself or interactive restaurants where patrons will be allowed to have more of a hand in their food preparation.
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