But over the years, fans of the ITVBe show Dinner Date, which first aired in 2010, have laughed it up as contestants burn their roasts, forget ingredients and make toe-curlingly awkward small talk.
But that’s not the only drama that unfolds, according to former contestants Robbie McMahon and Stefan-Pierre Tomlin, who reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets.
While one of them bagged the prized second date, the other was left to cry his eyes out in a microwaveable ready meal.
From rejected menus to faked scenes and producers tricking singletons into believing they’ve won – they spill the beans to The Sun about what really goes down on the show.
Before appearing on Dinner Date, you would expect contestants endlessly practice making their meals to ensure it's perfect for the big day.
But that’s not the case, according to Robbie, 29, who was paired with TOWIE star Yazmin Oukhellou in a 2020 episode.
The former Geordie Shore star told The Sun: “I wanted to cook something else but my menu was rejected a few times because the meals had already been done.
“Anything with chicken or steak was taken already, so I thought I would cook spaghetti bolognese.