International meal voucher company Edenred recently polled its 2,500 employees in 14 countries as part of a campaign to promote healthy eating.
The survey determined several telling patterns about how different cultures, including the Czech Republic, experience meals, select restaurants, and value food.
In terms of leisure factor, the Czech Republic (alongside Poland and Romania) placed high for speed-eating, with Czechs zipping through meals in about 30 minutes or less. The Greeks, however, proved to be masters of the 15-minute lunch.
While the above-mentioned countries spend minimal time eating, the gastronomes in France and Italy savor dinner and take relatively long lunches.
Czechs may not rank alongside the so-called foodie nations in terms of time spent at the table, but 41% consider food quality to be a major concern in society as well as in their criteria for choosing a restaurant.
How do Czechs choose where to dine? Most use the web or social media which are almost as popular as word of mouth recommendations.
The survey also illustrated the ideal Czech plate which featured meat and a selection of fruit and veg (compared to the American plate which had muffins and potatoes, or the Italian one, a colorful variety of fish, greens, and espresso).
The Czech and Japanese diets were among the most conservative; the Czech diet was one of the least varied of all the nationalities polled.
The ideal Czech meal? Composed of quality food, fresh, and relaxing. By contrast, American respondents indicated that their meals should healthy, sweet, and filling; the French prefer their meals home-cooked, balanced, and heavy on meat.
See the full survey results here.