FIRST Dates Hotel is back tonight with a brand new look.
The show has moved from France and hopeful couples will now be jetting off to Italy in a bid to find true love over the finest cuisine.
As ever, their first dates will take place under the watchful eye of suave maître d’ Fred Sirieix.
The 45-year-old Frenchman, currently manager if the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton, has been playing TV cupid on First Dates and its overseas spin-off since 2013.
In a chat to the Sun Online, Fred admitted the one thing that made some of his early dates less than ideal.
He said: “I never had a really disastrous date.
“The only disaster would be when the girl didn’t want to kiss me – but then I’d just move on to the next one.
“I’m not a ladies’ man. But if you really fancy the girl and you really want to kiss her, and she doesn’t want to kiss you, then it’s like ‘Oh God. This is not working for me.’ But what do you do? You have to go and get a new one.”
Fred – who has two children with former partner Alex, but is now in a new relationship – said that the British reputation for being less than romantic, compared to their European counterparts, was unfair.
He said: “The British have as much idea as anyone else. First Dates is in London and the one we have in the hotel is in Italy but it is still British people and I can see they have a lot of idea how to date.
“They don’t have anything to envy in anyone else.
“I don’t think anyone is more romantic – not even the French. The British have got it when it comes to dating.”
The Channel 4 dating guru also shared his dating do’s and don’ts, to help you through those tricky first dates.
Fred’s do’s and don’ts for a successful first date
Arrive late – I like people who are punctual and turning up late is rude.
Dress inappropriately – Don’t look like you are coming from a building site. Looking the part is important and you should look smart.
Turn up drunk – Have a drink with your date, not beforehand, and don’t ever arrive drunk.
Keep your phone in your pocket.
Pay attention to your date – Lots of eye contact. And be there, in the moment.
Pay a compliment – If you feel like saying something nice, that is a good thing to do. It’s very important.
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Fred also revealed the best type of restaurant for a first date is a tapas joint.
"For a first date in a restaurant, choose a tapas place so you can order two or three tapas courses and if you want to leave, you can then make your way out.
"That way you have planned your exit before, in case it doesn't work out, and you have said ‘Let’s go for a couple of tapas and a glass of wine because I am a bit busy today.’
"But if you are having a good time then you can order 10 or 13 more dishes and make a night of it."
First Dates Hotel is on Channel 4 tonight, at 10pm.
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