Valentine’s weekend is “the worst weekend in the history of cooking, period,” a chef has told Newstalk.
When asked whether the large number of loved up couples made for a pleasant atmosphere, chef Gary O’Hanlon was quick to disagree.
“I do not know a chef that enjoys Valentine’s Day,” Gary O’Hanlon told The Anton Savage Show.
“You would think it would be [great]. But here’s the thing with Valentine’s Day… It’s incredibly frantic.”
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Gary continued that one of the things he had always prided himself on was creating an atmosphere where people are relaxed and enjoying themselves. People out for dinner on Valentine’s weekend often add an element of tension into the mix:
“You can have a massive number of people on first dates, so that’s already mumble city. The other flip of the dining room then is the last time this girl or partner had been in a restaurant was the same day last year,” he described.
“So they’re miserable because it’s the only time their miserable pr*ck of a partner takes them out for dinner!
“So weirdly enough, you can have the quietest dining room of all time on Valentine’s Day!”
Main image: A couple enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner at Greggs. Picture by: David Parry/PA Wire.