COVID-19 & culinary behaviours of Australian household food gatekeepers: a qualitative study

Rimante Ronto, Janandani Nanayakkara, Anthony Worsley, Neha Rathi

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    The COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns had a significant impact on Australian food supply, with potential implications for food purchasing, preparation and consumption behaviours. Therefore, we explored Australian primary food gatekeepers' perceptions and responses towards their culinary behaviours during COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns. We conducted online semi-structured interviews with 25 Australian primary food gatekeepers. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using inductive thematic analysis. We found that the majority of food gatekeepers during the lockdown reported increased home cooking and experimentation in the kitchen, enhanced their food literacy such as cooking skills and confidence, meal planning and purchasing skills, and increased consumption of family meals. However, they also reported less positive outcomes such as increases in snacking and alcohol intake, baking less healthy foods and overall increases in food intake. There is a need to develop comprehensive nutritional programs for Australian primary food gatekeepers to increase their food literacy and confidence in food preparation and cooking. Future research could explore if these newly adopted behaviours positively impact primary food gatekeepers’ dietary behaviours and if these behaviours sustain over time.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number105598
    Pages (from-to)1-9
    Number of pages9
    Early online date13 Jul 2021
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021


    • Australia
    • COVID-19
    • Culinary behaviour
    • Food intake
    • Food skills
    • Gatekeeper


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