How long does it take in life to master a skill? If you are on board with Malcolm Gladwell's premise from his book Outliers, it's at least 10,000 hours. In other words, a lot of practice makes perfect. Does this apply to home cooking? According to one survey, you bet.A British survey found that on average, women reach a highly proficient level of cooking at age 55. Judged on a variety of skills, from being able to cook a perfect fried egg to having a repertoire of 15 meals they can make in a flash, the research found that woman aged 55 and older completed these tasks with confidence. However, I can't help but feel as though this survey dates back several decades. What about men?
It may take decades for us to master our culinary skills, but we also experience most of our culinary milestones in our 20s — how does your culinary experience compare to these average ages for the following culinary life events?
• Baked first cake: 21 • Cooked first romantic meal: 23 • Hosted first dinner party: 26 • Made first Christmas supper for the whole family: 27