Why Chefs Hate Valentine's Day, with Josh Valentine and The Taste's Brian Malarky

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Josh Valentine of FT33

So, Mr. Valentine, do you have strong feelings about February 14?
Obviously, I feel pretty special about having a holiday named after me. Other than that it's just another day to buy my wife something.

As a pastry chef, would you liken Valentine's Day to a quickfire challenge?
Not so much. I know what to expect when V-Day hits.

Next to Mother's Day, Google says it's the busiest day of the year for restaurants. (Actually, I didn't Google it. Just guessing.) But, is this an exciting opportunity or stressful day for chefs?
This is just another day. After planning the menu the rest is fairly easy.

Last year Blythe Beck said the mood in kitchens on VD is "sweaty, stressful, hung over, pissed off, fast-paced, high-energy, urgent, fun, and soaked in shots of espresso and red bull." Agree? Have anything to add to it?
That pretty much sums it up. Except I prefer Monsters over Red Bull.

Surely you've gotten some special requests over the years, perhaps help carrying out a proposal or two. Any stick out - particularly any fails?
Yeah I've done plenty of proposals. But no epic fails unfortunately. That would be hysterical.

What's your advice for someone who is looking to woo their soul mate next Thursday?
I think V-Day is not the day to woo your mate. It's too obvious. Be a little more spontaneous.

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Boy, what a wordsmith that Josh seems to be. Could he have been any less interested?

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