Don't be fooled into thinking your winning charm and world-beating sense of humour will be enough to win your date round if you're a slob at the dinner table. Salvage some self respect and a potential second date by NOT picking the dishes below.
Despite how romantic the spaghetti scene is in Lady and the Tramp, two words for you: sauce spatter. No matter how accomplished you are with fork and spoon, there is still the distinct possibility you will get meat and tomato all down your shirt/in your date's eye. Instead, substitute with penne that you can spear gracefully with cutlery.
Contrary to what you might think, wrapping your meal in foil does not ensure an embarrassment free date. Wait 'til she sees you spill rice and black beans down your front or try to touch her with aromatic, pork-juice-and-guacamole hands. If you are going Mexican, try a fajita salad for a fork-friendly alternative.
If you think buying an extravagantly expensive lobster is the way to impress your date, you might want to think again. Struggling with the fiddly shell on king prawns, let alone trying to be graceful with a pair of claw pliers between your butter-smeared paws, is sure to end in dating disappointment.
The fancy gastro-pub hamburger laden with toppings is a curious eating conundrum. Do you try and squash it together to fit it in your mouth or knock it open to eat the fillings individually? (See the ultimate burger guide in this month's issue for our advice). Time consuming and messy either way you look at it. Steak with mash is safer and easier-to-eat.
Any food with seeds
Order raspberries or poppy seed bagels and you are guaranteed to end up with bits of your meal sneaking around your gums. And what's less sexy than your date telling you about the bits stuck in your teeth? Not a good look, my friend. Also, in a similar genre, corn on the cob and spinach are best avoided.