Today, I’m joined by the nation’s favourite maitre d’ and TV personality, Fred Sirieix. Having worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in both France and the UK, Fred rose to fame back in 2013 on Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning matchmaking show First Dates, greeting nervous daters with his warmth, charm and philosophical musings (of which you’ll hear many coming up), putting them at ease before they sit down to eat in the First Dates restaurant. Now, he’s become known for his TV globetrotting too, as the presenter of Remarkable Places to Eat on the BBC, and spending months at a time travelling with his pals Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo on ITV’s Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip series.
Fred’s travel diaries take us from Italy to Monaco, and Paris to Peru. He reminisces about life growing up in Limoges, France and how he became the ultimate Anglophile. He reveals which Caribbean island he escapes to every year, what it felt like plunging into an ice well in Lapland, and he uncovers what goes on behind the scenes with the making of First Dates – how do they match these couples so perfectly? I really wanted to know. All that and more coming up on The Travel Diaries.
- Limoges, France
- Eymoutiers, France
- Massif-Central, France
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
- Macchu Pichu, Peru
- Sandals, Negril, Jamaica
- Paris, France
- Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
- Chez Black, Positano, italy
- Hilton, Dubai
Teen First Dates starts on 22nd Feb 10pm on E4.
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And there’s always the first three seasons to catch up on, from Michael Palin to Raymond Blanc, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes to Rick Stein.
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Today’s episode was recorded during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. It was produced by Holly Rubenstein.
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