This lesson plan for teachers of teenage and adult students at intermediate level is about food and cooking. Students will take part in a discussion about their own preferences and attitudes towards food and restaurants.



This lesson consists of a series of activities to help students talk about food and cooking.

The main focus of the lesson is a text based on a recent survey in the UK indicating that British people are becoming more adventurous and experimental in their cooking and eating habits due to the growing popularity of cooking programmes. This lesson should challenge stereotypes of British food and encourage students to discuss their own preferences and attitudes towards food and restaurants.


Modern British cooking and restaurants; the popularity of celebrity chefs




60-90 mins


  • To learn or revise vocabulary relating to food, restaurants, tastes and textures
  • To develop reading and comprehension skills
  • To develop speaking skills/ discussing preferences and attitudes towards food and restaurants


Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure including answers to tasks.

Download lesson plan 118k pdf

Worksheets: exercises which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheet contains:

  • Brainstorming exercise
  • Food vocabulary exercise
  • British food quiz
  • Reading task (1): article and comprehension questions
  • Reading task (2): restaurant reviews, discussion questions and creative task
  • Food proverbs exercise

Download worksheets 142k pdf

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Kate Joyce, British Council

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Hi there Not sure if I'm missing something, but there seems to be a section missing - the activities that correspond with the restaurant reviews. Great looking lesson plan though and am planning to give it a go tomorrow.

Hi lplotnek, You're right, it seems that the worksheets are slightly mis-numbered and that the one with the questions about the reviews is missing. We are looking into it! Best wishes, Rachael TeachingEnglish Team

All worksheets should now be present and correct!
Best wishes,
TeachingEnglish Team

I'm teaching English in Northern Spain at the moment (The Basque Country). I used this lesson with a lot of my classes last week (pre-int to upper-int) and they loved it. It gave them a really opportunity to discuss their local cuisines with me as well as discover how multi-cultural the UK actually is. I only managed to get through pages 1-4 of the worksheet in an hour and an half lesson but that's great because I can do a part two this week. Thank you very much for the lesson plan and nice one!(P.S. they got a bit confused with the "e.g. pies" on the food description, they read it as egg pie. Maybe a e.g. might be better - sorry for being such a nit-picker)

I want to use this idea to start with my classes. But I was wondering if I could make the student memorize the names of the silverware and the domestic appliances, then present him a recipe where she must fill the blanks to read it properly and finally make the dish itself. Afterwards, she would compare what she made to what is a staple in other cuisines.

Hi, I stumbled upon this lesson plan about food and I find it very interesting for my business students. Yet, in worksheet B I seem to have great difficulty seeing the difference between "hot" and "spicy". Perhaps an example could help clear things. Cheers!

Hi Valaki,

Hot and spicy can be used to mean the same thing (as in, with lots of spices). 'Hot' can also be used to describe temperature (as in, 'not cold'). "Hot and spicy'' is an example of collocation as the two words often go together - as in 'I really love a hot and spicy curry'. Hope that clears things up!

TE Team


Great set of activities, I will be using these in my 2nd year Japanese High School classes.

One thing I noticed: question 14 in the food quiz.

14. What is the difference between these things?
a. ‘chips’ and ‘French fries’
b. ‘crisps’ and ‘chips’
c. ‘fizzy drink’ and ‘soda’

It doesn't really make sense. The other questions are multiple choice but this one is asking students to identify the difference between each pair of words. There isn't a "right" answer here. The answer for all of them is that the first word is British English and the second is American English.

Also, as the question implies that students have to find the difference between each pair, it shouldn't be in the multiple choice format.

A better format would be either

14. Which pair is different?
a. ‘chips’ and ‘French fries’
b. ‘crisps’ and ‘chips’
c. ‘fizzy drink’ and ‘pop’

Where the answer is c. because "fizzy drink" and "pop" are both used in British English; or,

14. What is the difference between ‘chips’ and ‘French fries’, ‘crisps’ and ‘chips’ and ‘fizzy drink’ and ‘soda’?
a. One word is British English and one word is American English
b. They are made differently
c. One word is old-fashioned English and one word is modern English

Anyway, thanks for this resource!



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