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Remember the old saying, “The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? According to a new survey, 79% say the key to anyone’s heart starts in the kitchen. 7 out 10 Americans say that cooking something for or with your partner is more intimate than fooling around. 43% have actually ended a relationship because their partner was a bad cook. The survey conducted by OnePoll for meal kit maker “HelloFresh” found that the ability to cook, being kind, and having a good sense of humor are the most attractive traits of a potential partner. 3 out 4 would be more likely to go out an a date with someone if they know how to cook.

Thank goodness my Mom taught me how to cook when I was young. Betty Crocker don’t fail me now!…haha

Kristin Bryan, Director of Culinary Innovation at HelloFresh said that “Cooking can be an intimate activity that creates bonds and brings people together, so we encourage couples to get in the kitchen to spend some quality time together preparing a meal,”…“Cooking should be fun and easy, no matter your culinary experience so we are proud that 48% of survey respondents attribute their improved cooking skills to using meal kits.”

Check out these numbers:

65% agreed that if the meal on a date is bad, the date will be bad too, whereas 72% said the outcome will be better if the food hits the mark. (The ability to cook may be a turn-on, but going out to eat can raise some red flags about a new partner.)

56% said if their date is rude to the staff or chews with their mouth open (52%), there probably won’t be a second date.

47% said it’s an immediate turn-off when their date eats off their plate without asking first. (Leave the fries alone!)

27% of respondents are also turned off when their date doesn’t tip well or has one too many cocktails (26%).

78% of Men and 85% of Women say the relationship is serious when you start cooking for your partner.

Starting cooking!

You’ve got time to practice before Valentine’s Day. Start cooking!

— Doug O’Brien