Fred Sirieix from Channel 4’s First Dates, Grilled!
Fred Sirisix (pronounced see-ree-ex – it must be a problem if it’s on the bottom of his emails) is the maître d’ from Channel 4‘s massive hit First Dates and quite possibly, one of our favourite people on TV. Charming kind and polite with a French accent to make the girls (and boys) swoon. Without him, the programme just wouldn’t be the same and it certainly makes a refreshing change to see a genuinely nice person on our screens amongst all the reality TV drivel.
Although the restaurant used in First Dates is an actual real restaurant where regular people can eat too (the Paternoster Chop House), Fred’s ‘day job’ is elsewhere – as the general manager at Galvin at Windows. He is also the man behind National Waiters’ Day (amongst other things) which he launched in 2012 to celebrate all front of house staff and inspire people in hospitality careers. His motto is: ‘Learn forever, enjoy life and make a difference.’ We’re with you on that one, Fred.
Catch First Dates on Channel 4 on Thursdays at 10pm.
Find our more about Fred at theartofservice.co.uk
If money was no object and you could open a restaurant, what would it be and where?
I would open a steak and pizza place in SE London.
If you had to eat the same meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My own home-made Tagliatelle with butter and parmesan.
What do you keep on your bedside table?
My phone and the book I am reading. Right now, Seneca.
When is the last time you had a McDonald’s?
Ten years ago.
What is your career Plan B?
I don’t have a plan B. All my plans are A plans.
Does being recognised from First Dates job problems for you at Galvin at Windows?
Not at all.
What is your favourite dish to cook at home?
Is there any food that you can’t stand?
I like most things.
Do you have any recurring dreams?
Not really, I have happy thoughts and happy dreams.
Who would be your ideal dinner date?
Has anyone on First Dates ever flirted with you?
So many I can’t remember 😉
Where is the most romantic meal that you’ve ever had?
Galvin La Chapelle.
What is the one object that you can’t do without?