Thursday, 1 August 2013


UK Children Not In-Tuna With Their Food

Table Table reveals a lack of food knowledge from the country's kids

Almost two thirds (64%) of UK children have no idea that tuna is a fish, according to new research into family food and eating habits released today by Table Table. The study, conducted by the nation-wide pub restaurant brand reveals a startling lack of basic food knowledge from the country's youngsters. What's more, with research revealing that 90% of a child's food awareness comes from their mum and dad, it may come as a surprise that one in 12 (8%) parents admitted to never eating meals with their children.  

Of the 1,000 7 – 11 year olds surveyed on a variety of food-based questions, one in eight (13%) had no idea that beef comes from a cow, while one in 20 (5%) were adamant that tomato ketchup comes from the ground. Table Table, who also questioned 1,000 parents, highlighted just how little time families are spending dining together with almost one in 9 (11%) only eating together up to once a month.

The research has been commissioned to back a nation-wide search for Table Table's 'Family Tasting Teams', supported by celebrity TV personality and mum of two, Melanie Sykes. In a bid to educate and get families excited about dining together, five families will be chosen to become the restaurant's 'Family Tasting Teams', sampling Table Table's variety of food, reviewing new menus, receiving insight from top chefs and winning a year's worth of free meals.  

Melanie Sykes commented, 'I was shocked to see the results from Table Table's study and the lack of understanding from children on some very basic foodie questions. Findings showed that most of a child's food knowledge is taken from their parents so its imperative that we educate our little ones on what we are eating and one of the best ways to do this is by sitting down and spending time together over meals as much as possible. Table Table's 'Family Tasting Teams' search gives families a chance to spend time together, reviewing the restaurant's food and learning lots about it in the process.  

Jennifer Kilham, Marketing Manager at Table Table added, 'Alongside findings on food misconceptions, it was also interesting to see the limited amount of time families are spending eating together.  We at Table Table appreciate how tough it is to find time to spend together, but we also like to encourage families to try and sit down as a family, whether that is at home or in a restaurant.  We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for families by introducing 'Kids Eat Free' during the Summer Holidays giving children free breakfast, lunch and dinner and fun activity packs. We hope our 'Family Tasting Teams' will give families an opportunity to eat together, learn together and, most importantly, have fun together."

To be in with a chance to become one of Table Table's 'Family Tasting Teams', send your contact details to  

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