HE’S become the most recognisable maître d’ in the country thanks to his role on Channel 4’s First Dates.
Fred Sirieix is on hand to greet nervous singles and offer them advice in his soothing French accent. He’s also appeared with Michel Roux Jr in a food tasting show. Here’s Fred’s story…
Who is Fred Sirieix?
French born Fred is best known as the loveable maître d’ on hit Channel 4 show First Dates.
The 45-year-old was born and brought up in Limogues in western France and from an early age decided he wanted to work in the service industry.
He attended catering college and intitially trained as a chef but decided to focus on being front of house.
He trained as a maître d’ at a Michellin-starred restaurant in France before moving to London.
Fred then worked at La Tante Claire in Chelsea and also spent time at Le Gavroche in Mayfair, Satario and Brasserie Roux.
As well as being the much-loved maître d’ in the First Dates restaurant, he is also the general manager at Galvin at Windows – a Michelin-starred French haute cuisine restaurant located on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane.
He’s even won awards for his skills when it comes to restaurants.
How did Fred Sirieix become famous?
Fred saw his profile rise after first appearing on First Dates in 2013 during the first series.
On the show Fred greets the nervous daters as they turn up at the First Dates restaurant for a blind date.
He is often seen showing singletons to the bar and to their tables and even offers his pearls of wisdom to some of those who are unlucky in love.
Since then, the BAFTA winning show – which is filmed in London’s Paternoster Chop House – has had a huge boost in both popularly and ratings.
But it wasn’t the first time that Fred has graced our screens.
He co-hosted BBC2 show Michel Roux’s Service and in 2012, he appeared on an episode of The Apprentice on BBC1.
And he has even dabbled in music and once made a dance track called La Vie Continue (Life Goes On) – a song about “love, loss and everything in between”.
What is First Dates?
First Dates uses a scientific method in order to match hopefuls with their potential partners.
The pair then meet up at swanky restaurant and we get to spy on their dates with the help of cameras and microphones.
At the end of the evening, the pair can choose to split the bill, go home together or alone.
They’re also interviewed by the production team to see where they went wrong and what they can improve on with potential future love matches.
When is First Dates on TV?
First Dates airs on Monday evenings at 10pm on Channel 4.
This is the ninth series of the popular dating show.
Tonight’s episode goes head-to-head with the news on BBC One and ITV, W1A on BBC Two and Aircrash on Channel 5.