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A girl and her grandmother stir dough.

A girl and her grandmother stir dough.

A girl and her grandmother stir dough.

More than a quarter of parents never cook with their children, and one in eight families never prepare a meal in their oven, according to a survey.

A fifth of eight to 15-year-olds say they have never cooked at home while more than half of parents (54pc) claim that a lack of space prevents children from cooking.

Some 28pc of parents never cook with their children and 12pc say they never use their kitchen to cook a meal in the oven, the poll for Uncle Ben's found.

Most parents watch cookery shows (72pc) or look at recipes in magazines (62pc).

But more than a quarter of parents (28pc) admit they spend more time thinking about cooking than actually doing it.

The survey was taken ahead of the launch of Uncle Ben's YouTube family cooking channel Ben's Beginners, which starts today and encourages children to get more involved in the kitchen.

TV chef and cookery author, Lisa Faulkner, who guides viewers on the channel through the basic skills of cooking, said: "I know how lucky I am that my mum cooked with me and passed on her love about food. For me, cooking's as important a skill as reading and writing."

Uncle Ben's spokeswoman Kristen Kinkella said: "Evidence shows that kids are more likely to eat a meal when they help prepare it and that when families eat together, they are more likely to eat healthier foods."

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