Food quiz of the year 2019

Test your foodie knowledge and your memory with our bumper culinary quiz of 2019. Find questions on food trends, top TV, chefs, restaurants and much more. You can print off the quiz for your Christmas party, too. 

Looking for a ready-made quiz for a Christmas party or New Year’s Eve get-together? Don’t miss our food quiz of the year 2019. There are 20 multiple-choice questions spanning the year's goings-on in the world of food & drink, including food news and trends, product launches, interesting ingredients, top telly and award-winning restaurants. So, get yourself into teams and find out who the real foodies are!



Spoiler alert! Scroll to the bottom of the page for the answers to the quiz in smallprint.

1. In April, BBC News ran a story on ‘trypophobia’. Why might people with the condition be afraid of crumpets?

crumpets with butter

a) Because they're round 
b) Because they’re made of wheat
c) Because they're covered in tightly packed holes
d) Because they have a spongy texture

2. Which retailer divided opinion on social media with its LGBT sandwich in May?


a) M&S
b) Sainsbury's
c) Tesco 
d) Waitrose & Partners

3. When student Henry Bird left the Great British Bake Off tent this year, how did his fellow contestants pay tribute to him the following week?

bunting biscuits
a) They wore flat caps
b) They wore floral shirts
c) They wore braces
d) They wore ties

4. According to research by the Health & Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS), what is the percentage of UK adults who don't know how much fruit and veg they should eat?


a) 66%
b) 76%
c) 86%
d) 96%

5. Which classic cocktail celebrated its 100th birthday this year?

four cocktails in a row
a) Cosmopolitan
b) Dark & stormy
c) Mojito
d) Negroni 

6. Which of these berries was available fresh for the first time in the UK this year?

a) Goji berries 
b) Bayberries
c) Juniper berries
d) Bilberries 

7. According to a recent study by Sous Chef, what is the most common ingredient found on Michelin-starred menus?


a) Chocolate
b) Potato
c) Caviar
d) Lobster

8. From which country did this year’s World Cheese Awards World Champion cheese come from? 

cheese board

a) Italy
b) France
c) USA
d) UK

9. Which of these restaurants was crowned National Restaurant of the Year at the 2019 Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards?

restaurant interior with yellow chairs
a) Brat (Shoreditch, London)
b) L’Enclume (Cartmel, Cumbria)
c) Moor hall (Aughton, Lancashire)
d) Kiln (Soho, London)

10. Orange wine has been trending in restaurants and bars this year, but what is it?

wine bottles in a row

a) Wine made with oranges
b) A very orange-coloured rosé
c) White wine made by leaving the grape skins and seeds in contact with the juice
d) Wine from Orange County, California 

11. Which of these was NOT listed as a trend in the Waitrose Food & Drink Report 2019-20?

ingredients in a basket
a) Posh crumpets
b) Noodles
c) Vegan baking 
d) Celery juice

12. This year was chef Monica Galetti’s 10th year judging Masterchef: The Professionals. What is the name of her London restaurant??

restaurant interior
a) Ma
b) Mere 
c) Mare
d) Mer

13. Which cheese won Supreme Champion at the 2019 British Cheese Awards?

cheese on board
a) Trethowan’s Dairy pitchfork cheddar
b) White Lake Cheese English pecorino 
c) Long Clawson Dairy whole stilton
d) Nettlebed Creamery bix 

14. In March, Google searches for ‘umeboshi’ rocketed after it was used by a contestant on MasterChef – what is it?

asian ingredients
a) Japanese pickled plums
b) Japanese fermented soy paste 
c) A Japanese chilli 
d) A Japanese IPA 

15. How many times was Great British Bake Off winner David Atherton named Star Baker during the series?

pavlova tower

a) Zero
b) One
c) Two
d) Three

16. Which of these was not a Walkers Christmas crisp flavour?

a) Brussels sprouts
b) Pigs in blankets 
c) Sage & onion stuffing
d) Cheese & cranberry 

17. In which town or city did BBC Good Food contributing chef Tom Kerridge open his latest restaurant?

restaurant interior
a) Birmingham
b) London
c) Marlow
d) Manchester

18. Which supermarket was crowned winner of our ‘best pigs in blankets’ category in this year’s BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards?

pigs in blankets with rosemary
a) Lidl
b) Sainsbury’s
c) M&S
d) Morrisons  

19. Which of these condiment mash-ups was NOT launched this year?

sauces in jars and bowls

a) Yeast extract peanut butter
b) ‘Saucy sauce’ (a mix of ketchup and mayonnaise) 
c) Crème egg mayonnaise 
d) Reese’s peanut butter & chocolate spread 

20. The Greggs vegan sausage roll was so popular when it launched in January that it sold out. What is the main component of its filling?

sausage rolls
a) Quorn
b) Seitan
c) A mix of tofu, herbs and spices
d) A mushroom & breadcrumb base

How did you score in our big food quiz of 2019? Leave a comment below...

Answers: 1. (c) because they are covered in tightly packed holes; 2. (a) M&S; 3. (d) They wore ties; 4. (c) 86%; 5. (d) Negroni; 6. (a) Goji berries; 7. (a) Chocolate; 8. (c) USA; 9. (c) Moor Hall (Aughton, Lancashire); 10. (c) White wine made by leaving the grape skins and seeds in contact with the juice; 11. (c) Vegan baking; 12. (b) Mere; 13. (b) White Lake Cheese English pecorino; 14. (a) Japanese pickled plums; 15. (a) Zero; 16. (c) Sage & onion stuffing; 17. (d) Manchester; 18. (b) Sainsbury’s; 19. (d) Reese’s peanut butter & chocolate spread; 20. (a) Quorn  

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