MSC Cruises UK commissioned researchers to carry out the study which reveals the hilarious exaggerations Britons tell to appear more interesting, better-travelled and more worldly wise.
More than 1500 people across the UK were also surveyed in the online poll about their food experiences.
It seems millions exaggerate their knowledge of food and taste familiarity to impress their friends, family and colleagues with a further 29 percent of Brits will go as far as making out that they are ‘foodies’ – suggesting they regularly dine on oysters, quinoa and sushi – when in fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The top 20 foods Brits claim to like but secretly don’t like include:
- Dark chocolate
- Rare steak
- Craft ales
- Smelly cheese
- Hot chillies
- Raw Vegetables
- Korean food
- Rye Bread
- Bowl food (Congee)
- Aged meat
Despite the penchant for a bit of ‘spin’ from time to time to boost our social status the study found most Brits do get their fair share of food culture.
According to the data the average Brit will enjoy a fine dining experience on nine occasions in a year.
Interestingly, 16-29 year olds are more likely to have 11 fine dining experiences in a year compared to just six culinary experiences among the 45+ age group during the same period.
Findings from the research also reveals 21 percent have even fibbed about where they have been in the world – with New Zealand, New York, Australia and Rome emerging as popular places people wish they had visited, but haven’t.
Meanwhile four in ten Brits claimed to have watched a film they’ve never seen, while around one in five (19 percent) have overplayed their interest in politics in a bid to impress their peers.
Other ‘popular-pretends’ from the research include joining in discussions about famous pieces of literature we’ve never actually read (17 percent), while a similar number given the impression to their family and friends that they are more into ‘cool’ music than they actually are.