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First Date’s Fred Sirieix on 10 dating mistakes men should avoid

Part cupid, part seasoned high-end restaurant manager, Fred Sirieix is as crucial to the success of Channel 4’s First Dates as stiff drinks and loose conversation.

Imparting his charm on a regular basis, this suavely dressed Frenchman - General Manger at Galvin at Windows and creator of The Art of Service when not on the telly - not only helps align the stars for daters about to get lucky, but also offers a supportive shoulder to those who aren't.

With this in mind, and knowing how awkward first dates can be, we phoned the man himself to ask just what the most common mistakes made by men on dates are - and, crucially, how to fix them.

True to form, he was great, even ending our conversation with the line: “Hope it was as good for you as it was for me."

The absolute charmer.

Sirieix is helping OpenTable launch a menu jargon buster to deconstruct some of the trickiest foodie terms at Opentable.co.uk

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