Cue Card # 5: When you tried a food for the first time

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 5

Describe an occasion when you tried a kind of food for the first time.

You should say:

  • what food it was
  • what occasion it was
  • whether you enjoyed the food

and explain your experience of trying this food for the first time.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:
Thank you sir/madam, for the opportunity to let me talk about an experience when I enjoyed an exotic food item for the very first time in my life. I have some Indian friends here in New York and one of them is Riya who invited me to attend her 21st birthday at her home. On that occasion, I ate tandoori chicken for the first time in my life which I enjoyed and thought quite delicious. I was dubious about trying it, but as soon as I got a glimpse of its taste, I ate my share without any hesitation.

I have heard from Riya that her parents wanted us to be present on the occasion of her 21st birthday. I went to their house with three other classmates of mine and the birthday celebration was quite outstanding. More than a hundred guests were present at the party and they were either Indian-American or native American. The celebration started at 6.00 pm and lasted till midnight.

The number of different food items was quite surprising and I didn’t know the names of many items. On Riya’s request, I ate the tandoori chicken and I must say I liked it. It was a bit exotic for me but quite delicious. Later Riya informed me that it was cooked by an Indian chef and he used chicken, honey, tandoori masala and yoghurt to prepare it. She also mentioned that the version I tried was comparatively less spice and the cook did so intentionally so that the American guests could try it.

This food item looked like a roasted chicken to me but surprisingly it was different. Another item called Naan, which is a flatbread, was served with it and I enjoyed eating this menu for the first time in my life. Interestingly, when I tried a Spanish menu a few years ago for the first time in my life, I didn’t enjoy it. But experimenting the tandoori chicken and naan was different and I liked it very much.

The music concert at the birthday party was another interesting aspect. A local music band from New York and another one from India performed at that party. The variety of food was a surprise to me. Trying one new item at a time was enough, so I did not dare trying other menus that were unfamiliar to me.

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