When it comes to mealtime men and women are just different, generally speaking. While no two masculine types are exactly the same, there are some generalizations that can be taken from research on what foods appeal most to them.
According to Pew Research Center’s recent research, all adults today are paying more attention to healthy eating. This includes:
- Smaller portion sizes
- More fresh fruits and vegetables
- Fresh, local meats
The data also suggests men and women are equally likely to identify as vegan and vegetarian. All this information may seem contradictory to the common concept of what is ‘manly’ or masculine. However, when planning any menu, a good chef knows to take stock in the numbers.
While men and women are mostly in agreement about trying to eat healthier, it can mean very different things to each. EatingWell.com suggests men:
- Eat more meats and breads
- Take larger bites
- Eat Faster
- Have a more relaxed approach to meals
- Need higher calorie intake
- Place a high value on convenience with food
This information can be helpful in planning masculine menu options. Dishes that aren’t fussy looking or over-complicated, don’t take too long to cook or eat, and feel hearty are more likely to be coveted by men.
When planning a masculine menu, consider include dishes similar to:
- Meat sandwiches
- Simple cuts of meat
- Anything with bacon
- A side of some type of bread
While there is no tried and true menu that will appeal to all masculine folks, there is some good evidence of what this population generally enjoys eating. As always, you are wearing the chef coat so keep your restaurant’s theme, style, and values in mind when planning any meal.