IELTS Speaking Topic #6 Food

Part 1

What kinds of meals do you like?

Oh, I adore different meat plates… My mouth is wateringThat is to say you find something very appetizing. People use this expression when they see/smell food that looks very delicious. whenever I see roast beef, grilled chicken or pork chops… However, I don’t like to cook… That’s why I often eat ready meals A meal that you buy already cooked. and take-awaysA meal prepared in a café/restaurant and eaten at home..

Do you often dinner with your family or friends?

Well, I try to dinner with my family as often as possible… Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time for such dinners due to my busy scheduleA filled up timetable….

When do you usually eat dinner?

I usually have main mealThe most important meal of the day. at about 4 p.m. … I’m starving hungry by thenTo be extremely hungry. and sometimes overeat myselfEat too much, eat immodestly….

Are there any fruits or vegetables you don’t like? Why?

Yes, there are… I’m not a fussy eaterSomeone who is very picky about the food and doesn’t eat everything., but I really hate onions and seafoodFood made from fish, carbs, octopuses and other sea-creatures.… I try to avoid meals that might contain these products…

And what is your favourite cuisine?

Well, I love French cuisine for its versatility and flavorful ingredientsDelicious ingredients….. French cuisine has a variety of dishes, starting from their famous onion soup and ending with cheese fondue… Also, it rarely uses artificial ingredientsNon-natural ingredients. or flavors.

Part 2

Now, have a look at the card and prepare a monologue.

Describe a place you like to eat at. You should say:

  • Where is it
  • What kind of food it serves
  • Why do like its food

and how often do you eat there


I would like to talk about a nice little restaurant in a walking distance ofVery close. my apartment called “La Pasta”… It is situated on the ancient street in the old city centre… This restaurant serves various meals of Italian cuisineTraditional Italian food. that I enjoy… For example, they serve extremely delicious pasta, pizza and tomato soup… I particularly love their pasta… It is very versatile food, and can be made in many ways… I general, I love Italian food because it is all about fresh, flavorful ingredientsDelicious ingredients…. That’s why I eat in that restaurant every now and then with my family and friends… Although it’s not cheap, its quality justifies the billWhen a product is worth buying due its good quality, even if it’s expensive.…

Part 3

How can we make people eat healthier food?

The best approach for this problem is to strike a balanceTo find a golden mean and stick with it. between junk food and healthy food… You can eat unhealthy ever so rarely, if you manage to eat nutritious productsProducts rich in calories. the majority of the time… I eat junk foodUnhealthy food, mostly light snacks.myself, by I try not to abuse my health…

Do you think people enjoy what they eat on a regular?

I don’t really know, but I’m leaning towards a negative answer… People are often lazy when chosing their meals… They try to catch a snackTo eat a little portion of food very quickly. to restrain their hungerTo avoid eating when you really want to. Usually practiced during diets.… But it is neither healthy nor enjoyable…

Do you think that cooking is a pleasure a burden for most people?

I can’t speak for everybody, but I think that cooking is more of a chore than a pleasureSomething you do rather unwillingly.… But it really depends on a person… Some people might love cooking… If it is their passion or a beloved jobA job you really like and do with a pleasure., then it’s good for them… But I’m not among those people… Personally, I prefer dining outDinning at a restaurant..


Vocabulary Food

  • dine in: dine at home. We’re dining in tonight.
  • dine out: dine at a restaurant. We’re dining out tonight.
  • fussy eater: someone who is very picky about the food and doesn’t eat everything. My husband is a fussy eater, and he’s never pleased with my cooking.
  • home-cooked food: food cooked at home, usually implies that food is healthy. Preparing home-cooked food is a good way to make a balanced meal.
  • in a walking distance of: close to. I usually dine at a restaurant that’s in a walking distance of my home.
  • Italian cuisine: traditional Italian food. You can also say French cuisine, Russian cuisine, Chinese cuisine and so on. I adore pasta, pizza and Italian cuisine in general.
  • more of a chore than a pleasure: something you do rather unwillingly. I think that cooking is more of a chore than a pleasure.
  • mouth-watering: delicious, appetizing.
  • my mouth is watering: that is to say you find something very appetizing. People use this expression when they see/smell food that looks very delicious. My mouth is watering every time I think about my grandmother’s apple pie.
  • nutritious products: products rich in calories. A nutritious breakfast is a great way to start the day, as it gives your body the nutrients and you get enough energy.
  • processed food: food that has been modified in an undesirable or unhealthy way to achieve its current state. Try to avoid processed foods like flavored nuts and cereal bars. It is much healthier to eat organic food.
  • quality justifies the bill: when a product is worth buying due its good quality, even if it’s expensive. I first thought those strawberries were too expensive, but when I tasted them I understood that their quality justified the bill.
  • quick snack: a light and quick meal, usually unhealthy. Eating quick snack instead of main meal can be harmful for stomach.
  • ready meal: a meal that you buy already cooked, which only requires reheating to be eaten. I had no desire to cook, so I bought a ready meal in a nearby supermarket.
  • restrain one’s hunger: to avoid eating when you really want to. Usually practiced during diets. John couldn’t restrain his hunger anymore and went to the nearest fast-food restaurant.
  • slap-up meal: a quick and fatty meal. To slap up means to cook something very quickly. I feel like making a slap-up meal tonight.
  • starving hungry: to be extremely hungry. I woke up starving hungry yesterday and ate the whole roast chicken.
  • take-away: a meal prepared in a café/restaurant and eaten at home. I’m going to ring the Japanese restaurant and order a takeaway.
  • the main meal: the most important meal of the day.
  • to be dying of hunger: an exaggerated way of saying you are really hungry. I haven’t eaten all day. I’m dying of hunger!
  • to be full-up: to eat to the point that you can’t eat anymore. – Would you like more chips? – No, thank you, I’m already full-up!
  • to be ravenous (to have ravenous appetite): to be really hungry, starving, voracious. After working all day, I had a ravenous appetite.
  • to be starving hungry: an exaggerated way of saying you are very hungry.
  • to bolt something down: to eat a large amount of food very quickly. Don’t bolt your food down like that, it’s very rude!
  • to catch a snack: to eat a little portion of food very quickly.
  • to eat a balanced diet: to eat correctly and in time.
  • to eat like a horse: to always eat a lot. She’s so ​thin, ​yet she ​eats like a ​horse.
  • to follow a recipe: to cook a meal using instructions. Although she had never cooked a jugged hare before, she followed a recipe and made a fantastic meal.
  • to foot the bill: to pay the bill. You paid for dinner last time. Let me foot the bill for lunch today.
  • to grab a bite to eat: to eat something quickly. I won’t eat the whole cake, just let me grab a bite to eat.
  • to have a sweet tooth: to enjoy eating sweet food. Dave eats candy all the time. He must have a sweet tooth.
  • to overeat oneself: eat too much, eat immodestly. If you overeat, you’re bound to get fat.
  • to play with your food: to push food around the plate without eating it.
  • to spoil your appetite: to do something that would hinder your desire to eat. Stop talking about the snails, you’re spoiling my appetite!
  • to tuck into: to eat something greedily and with pleasure. After not eating the whole day, he tucked into the ham like a savage.
  • to wine and dine: to banquet, to “entertain with good food”. If you wine and dine someone, you usually take him out to dinner at a fancy restaurant. The company wined and dined us, hoping to convince us we should accept the job.
  • to work up an appetite: to do something that will lead to hunger. He must have worked up an appetite in the gym.