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Kitchen Life 2

Information about the Kitchen Life 2 research project, fieldwork recruitment, and contact details for our research partners, Basis and Fieldsauce

Last updated: 27 August 2021
Last updated: 27 August 2021

Kitchen Life 2 is a new social research project exploring real-life behaviours in kitchens using innovative video capture, as well as surveys, interviews, food diaries, and other types of observation (such as monitoring fridge temperatures) to understand kitchen practices and behaviours in domestic and commercial kitchens. This research follows on from the original Kitchen Life study.

The FSA has commissioned Basis Social to conduct this research on our behalf. Basis are working in partnership with Big Sofa, Field Sauce and the University of Leeds.

Kitchen Life 2 fieldwork

Our research agency, Basis Social, is starting recruitment for fieldwork for this project in August 2021. They are selecting a range of different people to get involved - across age groups, life stages and with different family backgrounds.

If you have been invited to take part and have any questions, please contact Stephen Gooblar at Field Sauce at or 07809 428486; or the Project Manager Darren Bhattachary on

Kitchen Life 2 Literature Review

As part of the Kitchen Life 2 research project, the FSA commissioned Basis Social and the University of Leeds to conduct a literature review. The literature review explores existing evidence on the key behaviours, actors, triggers and barriers to food hygiene behaviours (such as cleaning and cooking) in domestic and business kitchens. As well as published literature, expert interviews were also conducted to understand the impact of COVID-19 on food hygiene behaviours. 

The Kitchen Life 2 Literature Review provides a foundation for the scope and design of the Kitchen Life 2 project, and the development of subsequent behavioural interventions or risk assessment models.