Saturday 1 October 2016

Dishy Maitre D' sought for Irish version of First Dates show

Published 21/11/2015 | 09:00

Fred Sirieix is the General Manager at Galvin at Windows, the Michelin-starred restaurant on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, he is also the Maitre D on Channel 4's 'First Dates'. In its fourth season 'First Dates' returns to Channel 4 this evening at 10pm
Fred Sirieix is the General Manager at Galvin at Windows, the Michelin-starred restaurant on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, he is also the Maitre D on Channel 4's 'First Dates'. In its fourth season 'First Dates' returns to Channel 4 this evening at 10pm

A Maitre D' with a difference is being sought for the Irish version of the popular Channel 4 reality show First Dates .

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French 'love guru' Fred Sirieix plays the role with aplomb in the British version of the show where he's one of the central figures.

Producers Coco Television say that they're looking for someone who's good at giving romantic advice and is "vibrant and engaging."

"Everybody knows Fred from the Channel 4 version of First Dates and now we are searching for the Irish equivalent," said series producer Hilary O'Donovan.

"The perfect Maitre D' will be warm, engaging and will have a unique view on everything to do with love and relationships.

"We're delighted to open the search for the maître d' that will be the face of the First Dates restaurant in Ireland," she added.

Hopeful

Makers of the RTE show have been flooded with applications from hopeful singletons since announcing last month that they would be making the Irish version of the programme. The restaurant where the show will be filmed hasn't yet been confirmed - but it's expected to be somewhere in central Dublin, with the show ear-marked to air sometime in the New Year.

Producers have said that they've had far more applications from Irish ladies than men and have urged everyone interested to apply.

Following a similar format as the Channel 4 version, it will see singletons going on a blind date with a total stranger, with the entire experience filmed for our viewing pleasure.

After the meal, which they have to pay for themselves, they have to reveal to the camera whether or not they'd go on a second date with their dining partner - with often cringe-worthy results.

Stars

A celebrity version of the show was also made recently, featuring stars like X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, Jeorgie Porter from Hollyoaks and Jamie Laing from Made in Chelsea.

An Irish celebrity version could also be on the cards.

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