He’s everyone’s favourite chiselled Frenchman and the man who has welcomed dozens of potential couples to London’s swanky Paternoster Chop House Restaurant on Channel 4’s First Dates. Believe it or not the straight talking maitre d’ actually does the show in his free time, having been approached by producers as a result of his charismatic reputation on the Hospitality scene. This week I grabbed a quick-fire chat with the main man himself:
You’ve become something of a heart-throb for viewers of first dates, how have you dealt with the attention? My feet are well and truly on the ground and I am a very well balanced individual. For one I am still working as General Manager at ‘Galvin at Windows’ at the London Hilton on Park Lane so nothing much has changed for me.
Do you think people often put too much pressure on themselves to meet the one? Sometimes yes, as such love can become overrated and this can lead to unnecessary feelings of loneliness and possibly nostalgia.
What’s the strangest date you’ve encountered during your time on the show? The strangest dates are the ones when people are not quite sure why they are there or when they do not make the necessary efforts.
What advice would you give to young men struggling with confidence issues? Work on yourself and condition your mind like a Champion, just like Mohamed Ali did.
Your idea of the perfect date? Caribbean, beach, a cocktail, nice music and the hot sun.
What are the key qualities you look for in a partner? A partner that is good at heart. And also kindness, reliability, loyalty, good judgement, a sense of adventure and responsibility.
Teen crush? A few. They all ended in tears.
Most romantic thing you’ve ever done? Sent flowers and bought nice shoes, unexpectedly.
Do you think fame and a happy relationship can successfully co-exist? For sure, but you should ask people who are famous to know the answer. (so modest)
Do you think old school romance has become a thing of the past in a world of technology? Old school romance is well and truly alive, but technology in fact, enables much more romance.
Do you believe our perception of love changes as we get older? Not if you are always young at heart.
*Fred also confessed to me that he’d never had a bad date – maybe he can teach me a thing or two then!
Catch series 9 of First Dates on 4OD now.