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Does Food Play a Role in Your Relationship?

Were you glued to your TV last night like I was, watching the season premiere of Top Chef? This show is one of my favorites, and I've always thought it'd be a great one to watch with a significant other. Unlike most reality shows, its main focus is on the craft — the food — and the drama that follows is just the icing on the cake!

Food can be a great focal point when you're in a relationship. Not only is it fun to cook together, but sharing certain foods can also bring an element of flirtation to a relationship, whether you're dining in or eating out. Does food play an important role in your relationship?


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
when my man and i started dating, one of our FAVORITE activities was to cook together - it was something that showed that we were both really great at something that we really enjoyed and that we could merge our styles well. now we do have a lot of good things going on over food. he cooks dinner for me since i work later than him, and we watch food shows and appreciate great restaurants together.
minicooper1 minicooper1 8 years
I've turned him into a foodie, he actually will sit willingly and watch the Food Network. We both like to cook together as well, downside is we've both gained 10lbs for me and 25lbs for him since we've been together (between restaurants, cooking ourselves and dinner parties)... Yikes! We've now moved on to the diet phase which should be interesting for the holidays.
Leanne1078 Leanne1078 8 years
Food is very important with us. He's a chef and I'm a foodie, so we revolve around food. Even now that we are at a distance, we still talk about food all the time! I can't think of anything I would rather do in the world than watch him cook a meal, or bring a French style picnic with wine to the park and lay around talking and reading on a lazy Saturday. I really miss living near him! Hopefully it won't be too much longer...
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 8 years
My husband and I are both cooks, we both love going to restaurants, cooking food, eating interesting things... We love to cook together, and eat together!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Eating out and cooking nice meals together are very important to our relationship. My boyfriend and I were both raised with a deep appreciation for good food, so we don't expect anything less when we dine out.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
We cook together most nights. If I'm cooking then he'll stand by and make sure I do it OK (I'm not very confident but he insists my food is great) otherwise he'll cook.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I'm in a minority here. No, food is not a focal point in our marriage. We eat together, and dine-out together. However, for us, during our meals, it's about enjoying each others company, and having good conversations. That's what brings us together, not the food.
macchiatolove macchiatolove 8 years
In my past relationships I've found that yes, food is huge. When both of you live at home, going out on a date that involves speaking to each other usually involves food, just because there aren't many other places where you can just sit and chat in the evenings. I have found that guys of my age are very much eat and go types. I'm not sure if it's their background and family habits, whether it's more their age, or even a cultural thing, but I do know that my family make meals into a lot more of an event.. There is a lot more sitting and talking, rather than eating in silence. But that's me! So... I think that food makes a very important component of a relationship, and I also think that it SHOULD. I think it's a nice way to bond. I've cooked with boyfriends also, and that's a nice experience too, if they're into cooking.
Meike Meike 8 years
We love cooking together! So, yes! My husband and I come from two different parts of the world, Europe and Asia. The diversity of our meals are awesome. =)
Muirnea Muirnea 8 years
Well, I think it's fun to try new restaurants and types of food, but we don't do a lot of that so far. Food is absolutely essential in my relationship though b/c my bf can't have any dairy products, he is allergic, which means no milk chocolate also!! He is also deathly allergic to in, I can't even eat anything with peanuts and kiss him, or he starts getting an allergic reaction. So he can't have most candy (milk chocolate), peanuts, or ice cream, or cake, or chocolate milk, or mashed potatoes. He even has to buy special hot dogs without dairy products. You wouldn't believe how many things have dairy. So yeah, it matter to us.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Used to... but now any guy I'd date would have to settle for salads, quick meals...sandwiches or whatever he can cook. Every once and a while I will go all out, but not often- those days are OVER! :)
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
Hell Yeah! Food plays an aspect in every part of my life, LOL. I love to cook, and loove to eat!! We go out to dinner a lot, and cook for each other whenever we have time. My boy LOVES watching me pig out on my favorite foods, and I love to cook for him too, because he's one of those guys who will eat just about anything, and lots of it! So I get to cook things that I like for both of us, since I have a little more discriminating taste :feedme:
opisnowpro opisnowpro 8 years
very important!! we love food and wine!!
Sweetthang336 Sweetthang336 8 years
Well, Mama always said "A way to a man's heart is through his stomach!
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Oh God, we're such foodies - good thing we're in an LDR or we'd be very fat. In particular we love cheese!
GreenGrass GreenGrass 8 years
Unfortunately, food does play a role in our relationship. My boyfriend is the pickiest eater on the planet. He has 3 food groups (in order of preference): Burnt pepperoni pizza, Hamburger Helper, and Triscuits. Weirdo.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
food is the best. my boyfriend and i are pretty much food addicts and we love everything... whenever we are together we are going out somewhere to eat and we generally share our dishes because we liek to try new things... he feeds me ben and jerrys ice cream while we watch movies on the couch n such, its so cute i love it.
queenlizzie queenlizzie 8 years
Our relationship was built on a mutual love of the original Iron Chef show, haha. Today, I cook a lot and he enjoys eating what I cook. It's a great way for us to connect... deciding what to make, getting the ingredients, making the food, and eating it. It's a great bonding activity.
tinabeana tinabeana 8 years
It does but not really in a good way. My husband is not a big fan of food in general, sounds weird right? He hates cooking, if cooking were left up to him he'd eat microwavable food or canned ravioli's everyday and I'm not exaggerating. He hates vegetables with the exception of the potato... which is really more of a carb in my opinion. I have gotten him to appreciate steak houses but he HATES trying anything new. I've been dying to go for dim sum or pho or thai food and he refuses. I do claim one small victory though, I have gotten him to eat sushi and although he is very picky and rarely in he mood, he'll eat Californian rolls and spicy tuna. In stark contrast I love food, I love to cook and I love to try new things. My dad works in the food and wine industry so I grew up eating all kinds of different things and his love of cooking is one good thing I got from him. I however can barely stand to cook anymore, since everything he'll eat is boring and bland.
chubbieecheeks chubbieecheeks 8 years
Yes.. food is so important to us! We're both big eaters, and we love to try new restaurants at least once a week. It gets us both excited! We're forunate enough to live in San Francisco, where the possibilities are endless.
sundew sundew 8 years
One of my favourite things to do with my boyfriend is planning and cooking a delicious meal. It's a nice way to catch up after a hectic week and I am way more motivated to put time and effort into cooking when it's not just for me.
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
Yes very much! My fiance makes amazingly wonderful homemade meals and I eat them and praise him. If I told him I wanted to cook with him I think he'd have a heart attack haha bc I do not cook at all, never, ever, I hate cooking. But in return I bake him cookies :D.
bbkf bbkf 8 years
My husband and I watch Top Chef together every week! We both love trying new food and new restaurants.
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 8 years
Yes, I have turned my bf into a foodie and broadened his palette. We go out to dinner at least 3 times a week and love trying new restaurants. Plus, I love love love cooking his favorite foods for him and teaching him how to cook (he's still working on the very basics). Food has definitely played a fun role in our relationship.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
you could say that...we go out to dinner a lot and really enjoy sitting and having drinks together, and i've also found a new hobby in cooking because we do it together and he loves when i make him stuff
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