We caught up with First Dates' Maître d’, Fred Sirieix, to gather ideas on how to make Valentine's day extra special. The answer is spontaneity! 

Fred Sirieix in First Date's resturant holding a rose

Image : Channel 4

When it comes to smooth-talking and romantic gestures, there is one love guru’s opinion that we are all ears to, so it is little surprise that we sought advice from Channel 4’s First Dates Maitre D’ Fred Sirieix, on how to make this Valentine’s Day special.

What makes a good romantic gesture for Valentines Day? 

The Swan Southwold colourful bedroom

Image: The Swan, Southwold

It completely depends on the person. Try to ask questions before the day, then choose a gift tailored to them.

Or, for more spontaneity, go crazy and make a night of it. Book a hotel, tell them to pack an overnight bag, and go – it’s about creating special memories after all.

I like to build excitement leading up to the occasion – let your partner know two weeks in advance you’re going away, then every few days add to the plan.

Do you have a signature dish that you would make if you were staying in? 

Lobster Tom Dick And Harrys restaurant

Image: Tom, Dick & Harrys, Loughton

I would make something really simple, so I could spend as little time in the kitchen as possible!

Perhaps lobster: slice in half, spread with salty, French butter, sprinkle with parsley and cook in the oven, then serve with a good bottle of wine.

What makes Valentine's Day so special in the First Dates restaurant?

Decadent dining table for two

Image: Amara

The anticipation and excitement that this might be your chance to find the one worth spending this special day with.

The place is like Christmas – they know there will be gifts, but what’s inside is a mystery. 

 

Do you have any tips or advice on how to make Valentine's Day special? Tweet us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page. 

 

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