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Seven steps to the perfect romantic dinner

After cooking special meals for hundreds - if not thousands - of hungry couples, Chef Eddie knows a thing or two about how to make sure it goes without a hitch. Here are his top seven tips so your meal goes as smoothly as possible - or better!

Plan ahead: Valentine's Day isn't a time for last minute plans, planning ahead will save you some stress later on. It will also give you enough time to plan and shop for ingredients, and prepare any dishes that may require more time or special equipment.


Keep it simple: Complex dishes can be impressive, but they can also be overwhelming and difficult to prepare. If you want to cook something a bit trickier, make sure you're prepared and have everything laid out in advance. Or why not choose one that's prepared and ready to cook, like our handmade Beef Wellingtons?


Use the best ingredients: Premium ingredients will not only make your dishes taste better, but they will also make them look more visually appealing. Even the best Chefs can't make great food with bad mediocre ingredients.


Set the mood: Whatever you decide to cook, atmosphere is everything. Set the mood for your romantic dinner with dim lighting, candles, and soft music.


Be creative with presentation: The way your food is presented can have a big impact on the overall experience. Be creative with your presentation and use different colors, textures, and shapes to make your dishes look more appealing.


Don't forget the drinks: A romantic dinner is not complete without a wee drinks! Plan out a nice bottle of wine, or get creative and mix some cocktail drinks that you both like.


Enjoy the moment: Remember that the most important thing about Valentine's Day is spending time with the person you love. Take your time, enjoy the meal and each other's company. Don't get too caught up in making everything perfect. And remember to have fun!