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Gastrosexual: The New Metrosexual?

Much like the sudden rise of the metrosexual, a recently released study discusses the rapid growth of the next major male demographic: the gastrosexual. According to the Daily Mail, these men use their culinary skills to impress their friends and potential love interests.

Leading the pack of gastrosexual men are celebrity chefs, like Jamie Oliver, Danny Boome, and Gordon Ramsay, who glorify the high-stakes world of the restaurant kitchen. PurAsia, the food company that published the report, entitled "Emergence of the Gastrosexual," said in a public statement:

We found that cooking for this new generation isn't simply a matter of refuelling. For them it's an enjoyable experience and something to be relished - they cook for pleasure, praise and potential seduction.

Restaurant chefs have always been macho, but I'm curious to see if this motivates more men to cook. What do you think of the development? Is there a gastrosexual in your life?


looseseal looseseal 9 years
Why is it considered some kind of freak-like status you have to invent new terms for when men take care of their appearance and/or cook? Whereas when women do it, it's just women doing "what they're supposed to do". Ugh. What's next? Immaculate-sexual for men who clean?
Jazz-It-Up Jazz-It-Up 9 years
Well, I guess my husband is a gastrosexual! I'll have to tell him when he gets home. ;) He loves to cook and almost went to culinary school. He opted out for a career that would have better pay and be more reasonable in schedule.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 9 years
The idea obviously appeals to me since I hardly ever get crushes on movie stars and singers, but have found myself staring lustfully at the screen more than once while watching Food TV - and it wasn't because of the food. :) (The UK chefs in particular, actually; they have the accent thing going on as well as the cooking. The New Zealand chefs just don't appeal in the same way, hee). Having said that, while I'd love to have a boyfriend or husband who cooks - and can't imagine putting up with one who doesn't cook at all, to be frank - I'm not sure I'd actually want to be in a relationship with a chef. I can imagine them either not wanting to cook at home if they'd been doing it all day at work or being overly bossy in the kitchen and super critical of everything that you made.
MandeeLei MandeeLei 9 years
Yes! Men that can cook are such a turn on especially if it's something they are really passionate about because I am!
nancita nancita 9 years
It's funny...I recently went on a weekend away with my boyfriend and four other couples, and we all took turns making meals. Oddly, in all of the couples, the man was the one who did most of the cooking at home. I kinda thought that was awesome. Now if we could just get more females in the professional chef world.
dameneko dameneko 9 years
i have always somehow ended up with friends and lovers who are also great cooks. i wouldn't want to be intimate with someone who didn't enjoy good food!
ummyeaitsmarcie ummyeaitsmarcie 9 years
this makes no sense, so how you seduce people is your new category? What's next? Will they give names to guys who use humor or guys who choose classic romance? What about guys who use physical fitness as their hook?
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
shoneyjoe & Rancher's Girl - agree totally. Hubby cooks very different from me so meal time is big fun in our home and he does all the protein prep also. We are very lucky!
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 9 years
shoneyjoe, it sounds like you and your sweetheart are a terrific team. A lot like my husband and I...we each have our special talents and between the two of us we fix some excellent meals!:)
bleached bleached 9 years
My dad can cook too... toast and eggs, eggs and beans, beans and toast... and rice ^_^
partysugar partysugar 9 years
My father was obviously ahead of his time. He is a total gastrosexual and has always done all of the cooking. In fact, he's the one who taught me how to cook!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
A man in the kitchen doesn't really seem like anything new to me. My mother's cooking is awful, so my father cooked all the time when I was growing up. As for me, I'm male and I love to cook. I don't cook in order to impress my friends: their adulation just comes naturally because I'm awesome. :D As for my girlfriend, we share kitchen time. I'm better at butchering and cooking meat; she's better at stir-frying. I'm better with soups; she's much better on dessert. My pastas are better; her salads are amazing. I consider *myself* lucky.
mesawillow mesawillow 9 years
Hey, Julia was hot! My boyfriend is culinary school trained and a now non-professional chef. I'll gladly do the dishes when so many delish dishes magically appear on the table when he visits.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I watched a few episodes of Kitchen Nightmares the other night and was laughing at how it seems like Gordon Ramsay's shown taking his shirt off in nearly every one.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
OMG I heard about this on a morning show the other day when I was getting ready for work and I find it so funny! But it's true that shows like Gordon Ramsey's The F Word and other shows are supposed to have this sexy edge and young(ish) chefs like Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson (who is so overtly sexual in her show it's kind of gross) are adding to that appeal. Anyways gone are the days of frumpy (but endearing) Julia Child and in are the days of trendy, young, and hip cooking "stars" ... people are definitely buying into it. I wouldn't say that my bf is a gastrosexual, but he invents and cooks some amazing dishes (like bacon and smoked haddock!) which makes me attracted to him even more :)
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
Gastrosexual, what a vulgar sounding word. This is silly. Men cooking is nothing new.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
My fiance loves cooking, and he's great at it :) Definitely a plus!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
My boyfriend is fairly old-school about cooking. He loves grilling, but would rather not be in the kitchen. Which works out fine for me, since I hate being outside in the heat near a grill anyway. :)
bleached bleached 9 years
My boyfriend is an amazing cook. I think he likes the challenge. I like not having to do it myself. :)
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