Steak tops beef dish poll

A poll conducted ahead of Great British Beef Week (GBBW) has revealed that the nation’s favourite beef dish is steak. However, votes were clearly different depending on your age group.

The nation was divided in its responses to the YouGov survey, commissioned by Ladies in Beef, with 29% voting for steak, 23% for roast beef, and 14% for spaghetti Bolognese.

A closer look at the results revealed that opinions were also dictated by age, with steak the clear favourite among 18- to 24-year-olds, while over-55s championed roast beef instead.

Three times more youngsters picked steak than voted for a roast, while Bolognese was also a hit with the 18-24s compared to the over-55s, with 23% picking it as their number one as opposed to 8% from the elder generation.

Ladies in Beef co-founder Jilly Greed said: “Eating habits have clearly changed over recent years, with younger consumers favouring more cosmopolitan-style dishes. What they didn’t disagree on, however, is that beef is a fantastically versatile meat, which is easy to cook with. Eight out of 10 respondents who eat meat agreed that beef can be used in lots of versatile recipes (83%), with cottage pie (8%), chilli con carne (6%), beef casserole (6%) and beef curry (4%) picked as some of the other top choices.

“This is fantastic news for Great British Beef Week, which sets out to showcase the quality and versatility of assured British beef. It is also encouraging to note that seven out of 10 respondents prefer to buy British beef (69%), recognising the fantastic job the British beef farmers do in producing quality meat.”

The survey also revealed positive results regarding health, with the majority of respondents agreeing that beef is good for you.

Yorkshire beef farmer Rosey Dunn, who is the face of this year’s GBBW, said: “Beef is an absolute power-pack of vitamins and minerals, which are all vital for health. Not only is it nutrient-dense, it is a major source of protein. What’s more, fully trimmed lean raw beef typically contains only 5% fat. This, combined with its versatility and all-round enjoyment by consumers, proves that British beef really can ‘steak’ its claim as one of the nation’s favourite meats.

“So whatever your favourite dish, make sure your enjoy some quality British beef this Great British Beef Week.”

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