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Do you think in general people from your country are good cooks?
I think there are some fantastic cooks in the UK, but if we talk about people in general, there are some pretty bad cooks as well. So it's, I think people are getting better. I think people are taking a lot more interest in cooking, there's a lot of cooking programmes, and we are leading the world in some respects, in being adventurous about our cooking. So people are getting more interested, but still there's a long way to go before we can say, in general people in the UK are good cooks.

How healthy do you think the cuisine in your country is?
There's a balance I think. Again, people are trying to be healthier or are being encouraged to be healthier, but if you go to a restaurant, there'll be a great selection of healthy and non-healthy foods on the menu. But there are also an awful lot of really awful fast food outlets encouraging you to eat junk. So it's a balance and I think the balance tips towards junk food rather than healthy food.

What other cuisines do you really like?
Thai food is my favourite. I also love Italian, but Thai most definitely up at the top there.

Why is that?
Because there are so many different favours. Even in one dish, you can taste a variety of favours and it's all very fresh, so Indian food is spicy, but it's made with a lot of dried spices so sometimes it feels very heavy and you can taste the spices afterwards, and you can smell the spices afterwards. But with Thai food, it's very very fresh and zingy and you don't feel full or heavy afterwards, you just feel exhilarated.

Do you think in general people from your country are good cooks?
I think so, yeah.

How healthy do you think the cuisine in your country is?
In general, not very healthy at all.

Why is that?
Because people eat a lot of fast food and it's very processed, and full of fat, and salt, and all that kind of stuff.

 

What other cuisines do you really like?
What other cuisines do I like? I like, well, I'm a vegetarian so I like vegetables and fruit and fresh food, and Italian, I like Thai, I like a lot of stuff.

What do you like about Thai food?
Thai, I like how spicy it is, I like the curries, and I like, I really like the curried vegetables.

Do you think in general people from your country are good cooks?
Yeah, I think so. New Zealand's had a sort of a food revolution. It used to be very English in its food style. But over recent years, it's taken on a strong Asian feel and its quite eclectic so I think people in New Zealand do like to cook and experiment with food. And they enjoy food.

How healthy do you think the cuisine in your country is?
I think it's pretty healthy. We are an outdoor country, lots of fruit and vegetables and home-grown things. So, yeah, I think overall, it's a pretty healthy place.

What other cuisines do you really like?
I really like Indian, but also all types of curries, so Malaysian, Thai, Indonesian curries. I like the heat and the favour that you get in those sorts of cuisines.

 
 
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