Romantic dinner ideas: what to cook and how to ace your meal
The importance of a romantic dinner
As the old saying goes, the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. British celebrity chef Dean Edwards agrees, noting that ‘’taking the time to enjoy food is a massive thing for me: whether home cooked or in a restaurant environment, it’s a chance to chat, engage and interact away from the stresses of the day. We should definitely be making more of an effort to make this time a focal point of the day.’’
Eating together is indeed a wonderful way to bond as a couple; even more so if you can create a gorgeous, sensuous dinner for you both to share. Here are Dean’s best tips on getting it right:
Step one: get prepared
Everyone who’s spent time cooking has a kitchen-disaster story up their sleeve. While these may be hilarious with hindsight, they often don’t seem so funny at the time – and ruined food plus a frazzled chef is not going to equal romance! That’s why it’s so vital to think about your romantic dinner ideas ahead of time.
Dean’s top advice when it comes to getting ahead is simple – give yourself time to get ahead. ‘’Plan your menu in advance'' he says (making sure to check for likes/dislikes and food allergies), then ''prepare as much as you can beforehand, as it won’t be very romantic if you are in the kitchen all evening, which will end in you neglecting your guest.’’
Of course there’s little use in planning until you have the menu sorted. We asked Dean for his favourite romantic dinner ideas and he championed one essential ingredient: chocolate. ‘’We’ve heard all about the usual suspects, asparagus, oysters etc. But, let’s be honest, chocolate is an absolute winner for me’’ he grinned.