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Are Men Better at Cooking Than Women? The Answer May Surprise You

Are Men Better at Cooking than Women?
Cooking was never a man's forte, but in today's day and age, men are getting better at it. They have skillfully mastered the art of preparing mouth-watering dishes and are being voted as better cooks. We elaborate how exactly men are better than women in cooking.
Malvika Kulur
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
Cooking is about passion, so it may look slightly temperamental in a way that it's too assertive to the naked eye.
- Gordon Ramsay
We all have heard of women competing with men in the corporate world and men taking the competition in the right spirit. How? Well, they have been competing with women where culinary skills are concerned. Men have been trying to outshine women in their own game, on their turf or territory - the kitchen. And this is not a new phenomena; men have been slaving in the kitchen since the 14th century actually. A French chef, by the name of Guillaume Tirel, was the head chef from 1326 to Phillip VI.
No matter how much we try to deny it, men are perfectionists and are very creative. They are a little more adept at taking risks as compared to women. So, when it comes to cooking, they apply all their creativity and knowledge on the subject and try to invent something new, or modify a tried-and-tested dish. There are a few reasons as to why men are better than women at cooking, which are listed out in this Tastessence write-up.
The Key Ingredients that Make Men Better Cooks
Hard Work
Man showing a rice dish to a woman
I am not insinuating that women are not hardworking. All I am saying is that men do tend to put in few more hours when it comes to learning something that they enjoy doing. The funny thing about cooking is that if you enjoy what you are making and the entire process of creating something new, your dish will always be a masterpiece, no matter how simple it is. Men enjoy investing in a hard day's work doing something they love. Apart from this, men love it when their efforts are appreciated by others. It motivates them to work harder, compete with themselves, and strive to achieve the perfect results.
Creative and Adventurous
Concentrated male pastry chef decorating dessert in kitchen
Men are more adventurous when it comes to cooking. They love a challenge, specially when it comes to mastering exotic dishes. They add spices and ingredients in varying proportions, and if something goes wrong with the dish, they know what to do to balance it out. They are very good at modifying traditional dishes by adding alcohol, exotic spices, extra ingredients, and turning it into something that's completely new. Probably, they are like this because they work without any inhibitions, and they do not overthink things.
Chef Preparing Food
Men are perfectionists when it comes to their job. If their line of work is cooking, then they are even more critical about it. When they come across a dish that has the reputation of being challenging and difficult, men take the easy way out, by working hard over it. If for the first time, they fail at it, they keep trying till they achieve the desired taste. Once that is done, they concentrate on perfecting it to a point where no one can pick any fault with it. It's like they get a high while making sure everything that they make is par excellence.
Love to Eat
Portrait of a man savoring a brownie with his eyes closed
The fact that men love to eat is not an uncommon fact, and also that they love to eat delicious food is a no-brainer. If men came across a dish that they loved, they would try to replicate it at home so that whenever the craving for the said dish kicks in, they can quickly whip it up and gorge on it. A lot of men live alone and get bored and tired of takeouts. Cooking their own meal does make them good cooks, because they always want to try something new.
What Men Say About Cooking
I think every chef, not just in America, but across the world, has a double-edged sword - two jackets, one that's driven, a
self-confessed perfectionist, thoroughbred, hate incompetence and switch off the stove, take off the jacket and become a family man.
- Gordon Ramsay
I found that if I offered to cook for a girl, my odds improved radically over simply asking a girl out. Through my efforts to attract the opposite sex, I found that not only did cooking work, but that it was actually fun.
- Alton Brown
I'm a home cook and love to read about food, but I'm not trained as a chef. I'm just really into cooking and passionate about it.
- Ted Allen
My mother gave me a real kick toward cooking, which was that if I wanted to eat, I'd better know how to do it myself.
- Daniel Craig
Cooking for people is an enormously significant expression of generosity and soulfulness, and entertaining is a way to be both generous and creative. You're sharing your life with people. Of course, it's also an expression of your own need for approval and applause. Nothing wrong with that.
- Ted Allen
I liked the energy of cooking, the action, the camaraderie. I often compare the kitchen to sports and compare the chef to a coach. There are a lot of similarities to it.
- Todd English
If you are a chef, no matter how good a chef you are, it's not good cooking for yourself; the joy is in cooking for others - it's the same with music.
If you are still not convinced whether men are better or not, you could always see the proof firsthand. Usually, most of the chefs in good restaurants are men. The world has seen enough on television where men have voted down women in cooking. Chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Guy Fieri, Carlos La Cruz, and many more have done some amazing cooking for them to be so famous. At the end of the day, cooking is a very subjective issue, and different people have different opinions. As long as you enjoy cooking and eating, it should not matter who cooks.