Is Your Date 'Dinner Worthy?'


Chef Jacki Lee shares 10 ways to know whether your date is worth a dinner invitation

Sure, anyone can take you out to dinner at a restaurant, but that coveted home prepared dinner invitation, now that's something to strive for. What makes a person "Dinner Worthy?" What qualities and attributes make a person worthy of you going to the store, schlepping all the groceries home and preparing a specially tailored meal specific to his/her taste?

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In my pursuit of love, I have compiled a list of my notable "Dinner Worthy" qualities I find desirable in a date. While you may have to kiss a lot of frogs before finding that perfect dinner companion, I find that having a master list handy is a tremendous asset when on the hunt. That list can help you determine what top qualities and attributes are most important to you, and which ones you can live without. Compare your list to mine and see how your dates measure up.

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Here are 10 things to consider when determining if your date is "Dinner Worthy"…

- Kindness: This can come in the form of kindness to strangers, the elderly, and his parents. For me, this is a quality that shows he will be kind to you.

- Sense of Humor: This can be a sharp wit, campy humor, the ability to laugh at himself or tell a joke on himself, and to find humor in life and share that with you.

- Integrity: Does he have the ability to tell the difference between right and wrong? It has a lot to do with the respect shown to others and the core values he upholds and lives by and not so much about being law-abiding (although, that's pretty important, too).

- Romantic: For me, romance comes in small gestures, such as he remembering the particular flower I like (Gerber daisies by the way), and bringing a few home for me, or knowing my favorite dark chocolates from Jacques Torres on the Upper West Side. Although, if he bought me a first-class ticket to Paris and told me he had already packed my bags with all my favorite shoes, clothes, and makeup, I wouldn't be too disappointed.

- Ability to plan a date: Can he pick a place, make a reservation, and tell you what time to meet? A man with a plan, you've got to love that!

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About the Author: Chef Jackie Lee is the winner of the Food Network's prime-time hit, "Chopped," Season One. She is currently writing her first cookbook, Dinner Worthy, and developing TV show concepts for the Food Network and Bravo.

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