Fred sirieix_ love lessons from the ‘king of romance’ – lifestyle – nz herald news

Bonjour mes chéries. Egg and avocado breakfast ideas Come and meet Fred Sirieix, the man of the moment, the maitre’d of smooch, the love guru, the king of romance, the matchmaker extraordinaire.

Fred is the French-born restaurant manager who presides over the hugely successful Channel 4 show First Dates, shepherding the lovelorn and the lonely through their dinner a deux in a televised restaurant, according to the Daily Mail.


His first date tips include the following: don’t use your phone; order the oysters; be open, honest and polite; make sure you smell nice; don’t forget to look your date in the eye; and a little kiss wouldn’t go amiss.

‘Look, there is no right or wrong. Recipes with avocado and egg If you think it is right to have sex on the first date, then it is right. Baked avocado and egg recipe Two consenting adults can do what they want to do.

‘People will say all sorts of things, like if you give in too easy it is not going to be good at the end. Avocado and egg pizza recipe I think that is all rubbish. Avocado and egg for weight loss I say, if it feels good, do it!’ bellows Fred.

We meet at Galvin at Windows, the Michelin-starred gastrodome on the 28th floor of the Park Lane Hilton in London, where Sirieix has been the general manager since 2006. Baked egg and avocado recipe This is his real job in his real restaurant, and this lunchtime it is full of happy diners feasting on Isle of Wight heritage tomatoes, beef fillet and caramelised apple tarts. Egg white and avocado There is the pop of a champagne cork, the hum of conversation.

Fred sits at a quiet table near the bar, dapper in his blue Cerruti suit and pink shirt, his enamelled French Tricolour cufflinks gleaming as he sips a mint tea and cuts to the chase. Avocado egg rolls recipe healthy ‘A woman’s body is a beautiful thing. Healthy egg and avocado recipes Why try to hide it?’ he says when I ask if first-date dressing should mean that modesty is the order of the day.

His pale blue eyes blaze and his accent is as ripe as a Roquefort cheese, one with a pungent vein of madcap energy running all the way through.

Now 44, Sirieix has spent his professional life in the restaurant business. Is avocado and egg good for you He had no plans to be on television and was reluctant to take the C4 job when it was offered – ‘I didn’t want to do it!’ – but eventually did so because he realised it might be fun. Boiled egg and avocado Now he gets stopped on the street and has become a star himself.

‘People call me a celebrity. Eggs and avocado healthy recipe I am not a celebrity!’ he says, still astonished by his fan mail and constant demands by star-struck followers to take a selfie with him.

Don’t you just love First Dates? No, not the anxious, stumbling, reality of a proper first date with an actual human being, but the Bafta-winning Channel 4 reality show which plays Cupid with complete strangers and has become a big hit, with more than two million viewers.

Since its launch in 2013, the show has filled the heart-shaped hole left in British television schedules by the abrupt end of Cilla Black’s Blind Date in 2003.

So far, more than 100,000 hopefuls have applied to be on First Dates and following the current celebrity version, the next series will start in the autumn and run until 2017.

The format is simple. Egg and avocado recipes Lonely hearts couples are paired together in a London restaurant (it is actually Paternoster Chop House near St Paul’s Cathedral, which is closed to the public during filming) and then filmed over the course of an evening as they enjoy drinks and dinner.

Hidden cameras capture every excruciating moment, from the spark of possible mutual attraction over the potted shrimp starter to potential tears over the tiramisu dessert. Avocado and egg for face At the end, the prospective couple are quizzed about the chance of them going on future dates.

There have been some unforgettable moments. Avocado and egg toast recipe A fortysomething woman called Jo cried when Gus said no to a second date in 2014. Baked avocado and eggs Meanwhile, gay couple Adam and Dan are still together.

But Scott and Victoria, who met eight months ago and got engaged at Christmas, have just split up. Salad with egg and avocado A shame, because Fred was planning to go to their wedding. Baked avocado and eggs recipe ‘Oh no, they were so lovely together,’ he says. Fried egg and avocado There are Irish and Australian versions of the show, but none of them are as successful as the UK original, and much of this is down to Sirieix himself.

He came to London 24 years ago, and started in the kitchen at La Tante Claire – and it’s his irrepressible joie de vivre that gives the show much of its warmth and charm. Egg white and avocado breakfast ‘What a smile you have!’ he said to one female contestant – surely the best chat-up line ever.

Between the dates of varying success, the camera turns to Fred, who shares his musings on the developing romance, on love and on life in general.

These bon mots are inspired by his favourite philosophers: Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, footballer Thierry Henry, Shakespeare and Fred’s own dad, a hospital nurse from Limoges. Healthy avocado and egg recipes ‘What has matured the cherry will mature you,’ Monsieur Sirieix used to tell his energetic son.

In his new book First Dates: The Art Of Love, published by Viking in September, Fred shares his recipe for a perfect match and quotes one of his favourite sayings by Mother Teresa: ‘Some people come into your life as blessings and some come into your life as lessons.’

‘But what is most important, the blessing or the lesson, hmmm?’ he muses. Avocado and egg salad recipes ‘Everybody needs someone to cuddle and give them a bit of love. Hard boiled egg and avocado recipes Being single is not a disease. Egg and avocado breakfast sandwich What is important is being confident and happy within your skin.’

Sirieix is giving me his total attention, while somehow still keeping an eye on the room. Avocado and egg for hair What a pro! Every now and then, his eyes glide over to the reception desk, to check that guests are being met and greeted properly (‘you must smile before they do’) and everything hums with slick efficiency.

Sirieix is the creator of a hospitality training programme called The Art of Service, and his charity work includes supporting underprivileged youths and operating a charity called The Right Course to help young offenders run restaurants inside prisons and get jobs on release.

He is also a runner and an amateur boxer, someone who cycles six miles to work every morning and can’t put on weight, no matter how much he tries. Egg and avocado bake ‘And I try! I work in a restaurant, after all.’

For breakfast today he had a two- egg omelette and an avocado, for lunch he had gnocchi, halibut, a salad with some asparagus and some puréed peppers. Avocado and boiled egg He will have an ice cream at 3pm, a soufflé or a tart before he goes home and then dinner around 7pm.

Fred has two children, Andrea, 12, and Matteo-Lucien, seven, by his partner of 12 years. Egg in avocado hole recipe They never married and are no longer in a relationship, but they live together in the same house in South London. Baked avocado egg bowl ‘It’s complicated,’ he says. Avocado and egg bake He is now in a new relationship and is happy. Avocado and egg nutrition ‘And that is all you need to know.’

On the show, he was asked how many times he had been in love, which he concluded had been about five times. Toast with avocado and egg ‘I have had my heart broken many times and I am sure I have broken hearts, too. Avocado and egg on toast But if it happens, c’est la vie.

‘You have got to take it and move on. Baked avocado with egg People can think of me whatever they want but I am just a normal bloke. Avocado and egg for diabetes I am not the maître d’ of love or the love guru.’

Oh, but Fred, you are! You really are. Avocado and egg recipes Even here at Windows, he works his love magic all the time. Avocado and scrambled egg For a start, he always helps nervous diners who want to propose to their girlfriends over dinner.

‘But the other day, this guy was so nervous I said: “Right, we are doing this straight away. Avocado egg tomato breakfast Put the ring under her napkin RIGHT NOW. Avocado egg recipe microwave I will bring you some champagne. How long to bake avocado and egg Ask her when she sits down.”

Surely only a love guru would know? Fred fixes me with his blue stare. Avocado and egg toast He believes that to understand love you have to understand yourself. Avocado egg roll recipes He believes that you have to look deep inside yourself to access it. Sandwich with avocado and egg He believes that some people have been traumatised by love (‘You see them on the show’), but that love will triumph in the end.

‘When it is right, you can almost cut it with a knife. Avocado egg nog It is so thick, you can see it,’ he says. Lean in 15 avocado and egg ‘When it is wrong, pfff! It just melts into nothing,’ he says, with a Gallic shrug.

And girls, if all else fails, he has one solution. Egg and avocado breakfast recipes ‘I will always love a woman who smells nice. Avocado and egg diabetes My nose is king!’ he cries. Baked avocado egg rolls ‘Cristalle from Chanel is an all-time favourite.’