HE’S become the most recognisable maître d’ in the country because of his role on Channel 4’s First Dates.
Fred Sirieix is on hand to greet nervous singles and offer them advice in his calm and soothing French accent. He’s also fronting new BBC show – Million Pound Menu…
Channel 4 As well as being the much-loved maître d’ in the First Dates restaurant, Fred is also the general manager at Galvin at Windows
Who is Fred Sirieix?
French-born Fred is best known as the loveable maître d’ on the hit Channel 4 show First Dates.
The 46-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 initially trained as a chef but decided to focus on being front of house instead.
He trained as a maître d’ 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 also the host of BBC’s Million Pound Menu.
PA:Press Association Fred’s awards include Best Front of House at the Tatler Awards and Hotel Restaurant Team of the Year in 2007
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”.