Måltidsupplevelsen på restaurangutifrån barns perspektiv
: en kvalitativ studie av familjens restaurangbesök

Translated title of the thesis: Meal experience in a restaurant based onchildren’s perspectives: A qualitative study on families dining out
  • Louise Roth
  • Monica Åquist

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Children between 4-9 years old have clear wishes about how they want their restaurant visits will be. In collaboration with “Barnens Bästa Bord” this qualitative study, focuses on the child’s wishes when visiting a restaurant. The aim is to take the entire meal experience regarding food, environment, customer service and menu into consideration. Methods used were a drawing exercise in which, children drew their favorite dish, focus group interviews with children and finally a questionnaire directed towards parents.Results show that community within the family is important for the children at restaurant visits. The children are aware that when eating they are expected to behave peacefully and quiet, although sedentary is a problem for the children and they are asking for silent activities at the table but also physical activities. It is important for many children that food is not mixed on the plate and they request a fun menu with color, pictures and distinct fonts. The parents request a bigger variation of the children’s menu and that the food can be adjusted according to age and needs. Fruits and vegetables are important and natural parts of the meal for both child and parent. Parents wish to give the children a pleasant meal experience.

    Date of Award2014-Sept-22
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorHanna Sepp (Supervisor) & Viktoria Olsson (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Culinary Arts and Food Sciences

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Economics and Business (502)
    • Nutrition and Dietetics (30304)
    • Food Engineering (21101)


    • restaurant visit
    • children
    • wishes
    • food
    • influence
    • children’s menu
    • experience

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