: Associate Producer
: Student Nurse
Why did you decide to go on a blind date?
: Dating in London is hard! I've been single for more than two years now and always looking for new ways to meet interesting people.
: It was a bit of a spur-of-the-moment decision and I was encouraged by a friend. I thought it might be a fun way of meeting someone new and I believe in doing things that scare you.
What were your first impressions?
: Relief! He looks normal! Well-dressed, polite and handsome.
: First impressions were good, Rich seemed as nervous as I was but after the initial pleasantries we were quickly chatting away and I forgot it was a blind date.
How was the conversation and what did you talk about?
: Very easy and relaxed from the get-go. Talked about London, travelling, careers, jobs, family - and the late-20's onslaught of middle-class weddings! We covered all the bases, helped by a bottle of waiter-recommended red wine...
: Conversation flowed easily, we discussed travelling, our mutual love of London, theatre and even a bit of politics. I particularly enjoyed Rich's insider celebrity gossip from his time working on Broadway.
Any awkward moments?
: The waitress didn't actually introduce us so it took me a few minutes to relax and be certain that I was actually talking and sat next to the right person... that could have been embarrassing!
: Not at all actually. I’d say the wine probably helped with this, and we’re both chatty Cathy’s so there wasn’t really time for awkward silences.
How was the food?
: Amazing. We went full out - top points for being a man who's not afraid to order three courses. Starters, steaks and gorgeous dessert cocktails to finish!
: The food and service was excellent. Our waiter Ricardo, recommended some great dishes, the fillet steak with chimichurri was delicious.
Would your mum like him?
: He's a nurse, is polite, with a great sense of humour and he likes a glass of red wine - I am sure she would.
: Oh definitely, my mum’s dead sound, and Rich is a friendly, easy-going kind of guy.
Snog, marry, avoid?
: Snog - with potential...
: Erm, well I’m going to say snog, Rich is a nice guy, but I don’t really hear wedding bells in the future for us.
Will you see each other again?
: We exchanged numbers and would be great to grab a drink and chat more another time. Let's see...
: Rich seemed like a great guy, I’d definitely like to see him again as friends, but there wasn’t really a romantic connection for me.
Richard and Jake dined at M Restaurant, Victoria Street, London.
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