Man talking on the phone while he is on date
Man talking on the phone while he is on date

Why Queenslanders are the fussiest eaters

IT'S said that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach - but what if his food tastes don't align with yours?

Dump him!

That's the verdict from Queenslanders who say food compatibility is paramount.

Queenslanders are the fussiest eaters in Australia, according to a new survey by food delivery company Deliveroo.

One in nine would ditch a person with different tastes to theirs, and 38 per cent agree that someone not liking their favourite foods is a deal breaker.

Vegans, garlic breath and bad manners are also on the nose.

So what do Queenslanders hate more than other Aussies? Brussels sprouts, olives, pickles, tomatoes and eggs.

Conversely, the foods we love, we love with a passion, being the nation's biggest fans of cheese. We're also partial to pasta, chips and chocolate.

Like what your partner’s cooking or romance could be off the table.
Like what your partner’s cooking or romance could be off the table.

The survey of more than 1000 people found that Queenslanders had the greatest number of food peeves, with almost two-thirds saying they'd be put off dating someone who chews with their mouth open.

Other turn-offs are sharing food (one in seven hate that concept) and pinching food from your companion's plate (one in nine).

Queenslanders are Australia’s biggest cheese lovers.
Queenslanders are Australia’s biggest cheese lovers.

One-quarter of women dislike "garlic breath", while one in five men are put off by vegans.

Young people are the most finicky eaters, with 18-24 year-olds more than twice as fussy as their parents.

Talk about your food preferences early on in a relationship.
Talk about your food preferences early on in a relationship.

Relationship counsellor Melissa Ferrari says coming together over food can be a great communication tool and people should forget about finding their soulmate in favour of their "tastemate".

"It's best to talk about what you like and don't like early on in a relationship and to be accommodating of other people's tastes where possible," Ms Ferrari says.

For those wanting to rekindle the romance, she says trying new foods can be exciting.