Since first airing on Channel 4 in 2013, the show has produced at least seven long-lasting couples and one baby.
It’s a winning formula thanks to smooth-talking Fred Sirieix and his army of charming waiters.
But for those looking for love, it’s not as easy as it appears, according to former contestants Stefan-Pierre Tomlin and Joseph Kent.
Here, they reveal surprising secrets behind First Dates, including why it “feels like Big Brother” and what happens if your date gets cold feet.
At home, it appears a smooth ride for the hopeful dates to the First Dates restaurant but Stefan-Pierre reveals the truth.
He told The Sun: “My stepdad dropped me off at St Paul's and I spent four or five hours sitting in a holding room.
“When it’s your time, you get into a taxi that drives you around the corner and then you get out. It takes about 10 seconds."