Scotland on Sunday
By EVA LANGLANDS AND MURDO MACLEOD
THERE was a time that schoolboys would do almost anything to escape "girly" cooking lessons. But, inspired by celebrity chefs and the rise of foodie culture, there has been a massive increase in boys taking the subject in Scottish classrooms.
New figures from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) reveal a rise of almost 60% in three years in the number of boys taking the vocational courses designed to propel them towards professional kitchens.
Old-fashioned home economics - which combined traditional "housewife" skills of cooking and needlework - was revamped in 1999. That, and the rise of role models such as Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver, has given the subject a remarkable boost.