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First Dates

Fred Sirieix

'There's someone out there for all of us...'

First Dates, Channel 4's runaway hit TV show, has captured the hearts of the nation. Each week millions of us cosy up on our sofas to watch nervous singletons arrive in the restaurant in the hope of finding love.

Now Fred Sirieix, the insatiably charming Maître'd of the First Dates restaurant, is here to help all of us - whether we're on a quest to find 'the one', or simply want to discover more about how to connect with someone and sustain the magic. With his unique take on romance, Fred reveals his recipe for a perfect date, and hopefully a perfect match.

This beguiling book brings the First Dates world to the page: all the heart-warming twists and turns of the most awkward meal of the daters' lives, the larger-than-life characters we have grown to love, and the timeless wisdom of Fred and his team. They share their match-making secrets: from breaking the ice to dealing with surprises and getting to grips with the rules of attraction, along with all the toe-curling moments and across-the-table triumphs as couples seek to find The One.

This is First Dates. This is The Art of Love.

Biography

First Dates is Channel 4's BAFTA-winning TV series which pairs singletons in search of love. Its loyal audience has doubled since first broadcast, peaking at three million for its special episodes, and drawing a huge social media response. In the last two years over 100,000 people have applied to be on the show. The fifth series returns to Channel 4 in September 2016 and will run through to early 2017.

Fred Sirieix is Maitre'd of the First Dates restaurant, where he welcomes the show's singletons and calms their nerves before the most stressful meal of their lives. He's also general manager at the Michelin star Galvin at Windows, and creator of hospitality-training programme The Art of Service. He grew up in Limoges in France, before moving to London in 1992 and working in the city's best restaurants with names such as Michel Roux and Chris Galvin.