Posted by Kristen Hyde on September 29, 2017 in AncestryDNA

Breakfast is not just the most important meal of the day. It’s also the best. And why wouldn’t it be when it involves sitting down to the packed plate we like to call the full English breakfast.

With one billion ‘full Englishes’ consumed each year, the breakfast is a much-loved national staple. But how English is the full English breakfast?

We partnered with Masterchef 2017 finalist Steve Kielty to give the full English its biggest overhaul since the Middle Ages, when the Anglo-Saxon gentry started the trend of tucking into morning meat feasts. Our aim was to recreate the ‘full English breakfast’ to better reflect the diversity of the average Brit.

With the typical English person* only having 37.4% DNA from Great Britain, this means that the ‘full works’ has become a cultural melting pot.

So, what did Steve Kielty plate up for breakfast to better reflect Britain’s diversity?

To make a truly representative full English in 2017, it’s goodbye bacon, hello Ibérico pork belly from Spain. So long scrambled eggs, Scandinavian baked egg is now on the menu. In fact, all regions from the DNA breakdown of an average English person above one per cent are represented, from Ireland to Italy, France to Eastern Europe.

Talking about the collaboration, Steve Kielty was surprised to learn that your average English person has all these different ethnicities present within their DNA.

“In terms of how this translates to food, it was quite a challenge to incorporate the wide range of regions whilst still ensuring the breakfast looked and tasted good. We know people hold the full English breakfast very close to their heart, it’s a national institution, which is why we chose this dish to illustrate the diversity of the country, and I’m hoping this version gets people talking about what DNA can tell us about ourselves.”

Whilst this new breakfast deviates quite dramatically from what the nation considers to be a traditional full English (back bacon, eggs, British sausage, baked beans, fried tomato, fried mushrooms, black pudding and fried bread) , over one in ten of us agree they would be interested in sampling a breakfast based more specifically on their heritage.

“Food can be a fantastic expression of who people are and we hope this collaboration will not only encourage people to try our new full English recipe, but take a test and create some gastronomical magic based on their own unique heritage.”

Hungry to know more? Download the recipe for the REAL full English breakfast in the new Ancestry DNA Dining cookbook or find out your unique ethnic mix with an AncestryDNA test.

* Based on the DNA tests that have been carried out by AncestryDNA

Kristen Hyde

Kristen is Ancestry's Social Media Manager for the United Kingdom.

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