What Well-Known Chefs Cook to Impress a Date

If you’re stumped on what to make your new flame on your next at-home dinner date, take advice from these chefs

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Take advice from these chefs on what to make to impress a date.

One of the most romantic things you can do for your significant other is make him or her a meal. Both women and men appreciate it when their mates (or would-be mates) take the time to do something special for them — and slaving in the hot kitchen counts as just that. Cooking for a romantic partner can be a little tricky when you’re still getting to know each other, but if you’re making dinner for a new flame, these well-known chefs have some stellar advice for impressing him or her with food.

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You may be under the impression that the more elaborate your dinner is, the better, but this isn’t necessarily true. Sometimes making a simple dish you know they’ll love is the answer. If you make something too crazy, your date or spouse may think you’re trying to be a show-off — and you don’t want that. Marcus Samuelsson, chef and owner of Red Rooster Harlem, says, “You’ll impress your date with a sophisticated yet simple dish.” Shrimp Pasta with Spinach, for instance, is “[an] ideal recipe for an intimate night in."

When you’re on a date, food is sure to be one of the things you stress about, but we hope to ease your mind with these recipes that chefs use to impress those special someones in their lives. Want more romantic recipes? Read on to make your next date night a breeze.

Aditi Malhotra, CEO/Owner/Chocolatier at Tache Artisan Chocolate New York City

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Chef Aditi Malhotra, owner of Tache Artisan Chocolate, says she makes a three-course meal for a “let’s get serious” dinner. It all starts with a kale salad, then fish (sea bass or herb-crusted salmon), and chocolate cake or mousse for dessert. If this menu doesn’t make your date fall in love with you, I don’t know what will. Is a three-course meal a little out of your reach? Just make Herb-Crusted Salmon with Mixed Greens — your significant other will love it.

Curtis Stone, Author and Host of TLC’s ‘Take Home Chef;’ chef–owner of Maude, Beverly Hills

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Chef Curtis Stone says when searching for a menu for two, he looks for a meal that the couple can cuddle up and enjoy together. Stone’s date-night menu consists of “red curry with lobster, [which] is great because it has a bit of spice, and the chile pepper is an aphrodisiac!” To top it off, he says the perfect finish is pot de crème. If you’re looking for a dessert to wow your date, make Butterscotch Pot de Crème