Trend: Kitchen Performance Anxiety
A recent poll of 1,000 people, by Professor David Warburton of England's University of Reading, shows that celebrity chefs have caused an epidemic of KPA.
54% of dinner-party hosts feel pressure to make their dishes look as perfect as those of celebrity chefs.
Extreme KPA--rapid heart rate, nausea, headaches--afflicts 13% of respondents.
Hosting a dinner party is scarier than going to an interview or on a first date, 61% say.
An acute KPA affliction has led 68% of those polled to hold fewer parties than they used to.
But, 97% of guests consider good company and wine (in that order) more important than the food.