Okay, so you've probably never looked at an order of Coq au Vin and felt true love for its maker before, but dating a man who knows his way around a kitchen is a major must-do. Despite what you might have heard (like 'chefs are controlling' and 'they're on a permanent power trip'), a guy with a need to fulfill your wildest culinary fantasies will put every other guy on your list to shame — and not just because he's good with a paring knife.
Chefs are perfectionists and eager to please — and that's just the beginning. Behold, six reasons you need to date a chef:
1. No more cooking for yourself — ever again.
Kiss the days of Seamless and canned soup goodbye, because with a chef in the house, even four-day-old leftovers will taste delicious. Chefs are naturally creative and resourceful when it comes to the innards of your fridge (taco sauce? How long has that been in there?). Added bonus? If you suck at cooking, or don't have the time for it, you don't have to stress anymore. A chef brings home five-star meals every night. Pretty sure we could get used to that.
2. They're passionate in bed.
His crazy hours and high-stress environment can actually be good for your sex life. Watching, talking about and having sex are three of a chef's favorite things. And while you probably just want to cry into a bottle of wine and watch The Office reruns after a long day at the office, a chef wants to take out their frustrations another way. And according to one chef, they're better in the sack because they're in tune with flavor, the senses and "have a heightened awareness of what our sexual partners want." Well then, if that doesn't make you want to turn off the TV, I don't know what will.
3. Unlimited alone time.
Okay, so chefs don't exactly have the most flexible, accommodating work schedule, but dating a guy who wears kitchen scrubs can be really great — especially if you work crazy hours yourself or need your me-time, like unwinding sans pants, with a big glass of wine and binge-watching your latest TV obsession. A chef won't be waiting at the door for you like a puppy (because that can get old real quick), and instead, the space will keep the spice in your relationship alive. Absence makes the heart grow fonder (and hungrier).
4. They're good with their hands.
Kneading bread and massaging flavors into a chuck roast for twenty minutes? Tell me more! A chef's hands are his everything, and when it comes to you, he'll know when to be gentle — and when to turn the pressure on.
5. Candid restaurant reviews — whenever you want them.
Thinking of trying that packed, cozy uptown restaurant but you can't seem to get an honest review off the Internet? Surprise! The restaurant world is surprisingly small, which means your chef is going to know everywhere in the business — and be able to tell you what's good where (and how to get you in). Score.
6. They're sexy as hell.
Maybe not when they're wearing stained kitchen scrubs (that smell faintly of Bolognese and French bread) but watching a man turn, twist and slice his way through a meal is definitely sexy. It says he's independent and self-sufficient and he knows what it takes to get the job done — and done right. Plus, he's probably a perfectionist too (have you ever seen a chef proudly serve horrible food? Neither have we). Even bigger bonus? These traits most likely carry over to other rooms in your apartment ….
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