Former chef Bill Knott reveals his waiting staff used to lay bets on which couple would be the first to have an argument when they sat down for a romantic meal on Valentine's Day. He would hide in the kitchen all night, refusing repeated requests to conceal engagement rings in his strawberry parfaits. The special pink menus, he says, feature every conceivable pseudo-romantic cliché in cuisine. Restaurants who try to make a meal out of Valentine's Day are the culinary equivalent of a cold shower, according to The Observer. Shane Osborn, head chef and co-owner of the two Michelin-starred restaurant Pied-a-Terre in central London, says there is more tension in the air than any other evening. You can almost hear, he says, women thinking 'When the hell are you going to propose to me?' The Observer 12/02/06 page 7

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