Fred Sirieix, known for his role as the maitre d’ on Channel 4’s First Dates, recently revealed why he hesitated before accepting the job. As the show celebrates its tenth anniversary, Sirieix reflects on his most memorable couple and his initial concerns about portraying love birds in a negative light.
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In an interview, Fred Sirieix shared that he would not have agreed to join First Dates if it meant depicting the couples in a negative light. With the show celebrating its tenth anniversary, Sirieix acknowledged how important it was to create a safe and respectful environment for the guests. He mentioned that the show has produced heartwarming moments, as people from diverse backgrounds come together to share their stories.
Although it took him some time to make the decision, Sirieix has no regrets about accepting the role as the maitre d’ at Paternoster Chop House. He emphasized that he wanted to collaborate with people who shared his values and vision. As he reminisced about the show’s early days, he recalled a particularly memorable couple who were young, dancers, and clearly attracted to each other. Their playful, cringe-worthy, and funny conversation about oysters and aphrodisiacs has remained etched in Sirieix’s memory.
When asked if he knew First Dates would be successful, Sirieix humorously mentioned that he had known even before that memorable olive scene. He expressed his joy in being able to be himself on the show, running a restaurant and connecting with people on a genuine level.
Sirieix also discussed his recent work on a travel campaign, highlighting the importance of travel health awareness. He stressed the need for people to be vaccinated and protect themselves from disease-carrying mosquitoes, which are increasingly becoming a problem due to climate change.
As First Dates gears up for its twentieth series, Sirieix looks forward to continue bringing love stories and human connections to the viewers, reminding everyone that no one is alone in their struggles and that acceptance of oneself and others is crucial.