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Issue Date: February 2010

Singles Out: Rick Argoso

Edited by Kim Schneider; Stories by Emily Garvey, Lauren Hennen, Christina Ipavec, Kristin Majcher, Rebecca Meiser, Brittany Moffat, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Aaron Yeager
Rick Argoso, 31
Chef, Table 45 
The perfect date: It would start with a trip to the West Side Market or Whole Foods to get food to prepare dinner. Then back to my place to prepare a chef’s table sort of thing. There’d be romantic music, candlelight and great conversation. I think cooking together would be kind of cool. It would help break the ice.

Something most people don’t know about me: I took organ lessons when I was younger. I always wanted to follow my older brother, and he took lessons, so I did too. That lasted maybe a year. I was terrible.

My cell phone: A BlackBerry Tour

Biggest turn-on: A good kisser

Biggest turnoff: Someone who talks too much and who’s all about themselves.

I own too many: Pairs of jeans. I think I have like 16 pairs.

My favorite … place in Cleveland: The Metroparks. It’s a relaxing atmosphere where you can go for a hike or go golfing. It’s a stress reliever. … sports team: I love the Cleveland Cavaliers, but I am originally from Toronto, so part of my heart belongs to the Raptors. ... book: I’m not really into reading a lot of novels. I have this hardcover book called Art Culinaire that I use to come up with new ideas. It’s full of ideas and recipes from different chefs around the U.S. It’s a phenomenal cookbook. … vacation destination: The Philippines. It’s just a very simple way of life there. You don’t have the hectic craziness. I’m part Filipino, too, and I do have family there. … dessert: Anything with chocolate and raspberries. … blog: I’m not into blogs. 

Facebook: yes or no? I do have Facebook. I’m on it because all my friends are on it. I look at it once in a while to keep up with my friends back home, but I’m not on my BlackBerry 24/7 updating my profile.

My usual hangout: If I am not at work, I love going to the Bier Markt. I really enjoy Belgian beer.

In high school I was … A jock. I used to play a lot of sports — basketball and volleyball mainly.

My passion: My passion is for cooking. My passion is food. I’ve been a chef for 10 years.

My best feature: People say I have a nice smile.

My bad habit: I can be messy and clean at the same time.

My first kiss: It was back in the fourth grade. It was one of those get-togethers with all of your friends where you play a kissing game, and you have to go in the closet for two minutes and kiss the other person.

My guilty pleasure: I’m a candy freak. I love candy. There’s always candy in my office, my car, at home.

How my ex would describe me: I would hope they say I am a very good listener and that I am passionate.

Blondes or brunettes: All of the above. I don’t really have a preference.

Going out or staying in: I prefer to stay in. When you’re at home, you can be laid-back and totally be yourself.

Early, late or right on time: It depends. To work I’m on time. Everything else I’m usually a few minutes late.

Dogs or cats: I’m definitely a dog person. I don’t like cats.

My longest relationship: Five years

Beer, wine or martinis: It all depends on what I’m doing. If I’m with my guy friends, I’m going to grab a beer. If not, wine’s always good.

Roses or chocolates: Chocolate because I love candy

My No. 1 dating rule: Turn your phone off. If you’re on a date, concentrate on whom you’re with, not on what’s vibrating in your pocket.

My deal-breaker: Bad teeth and bad breath

I hate when a date orders … something vegetarian because I may feel obliged to order something that’s not meat. And I’m definitely a meat eater.

Worst pickup line: “You must be tired because you’ve running in my mind all day.”

If I could marry anyone: Jessica Alba. Just because she’s hot.

On a first date I never … go farther than first base. I’d try to stop with a kiss.

Best place to meet someone: Work because I work so much. Besides that I’d have to say the grocery store.

Most unusual place I’ve met someone: I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone in an unusual place.

My take on Cleveland’s single scene: I’m not too sure. I really don’t have an opinion on it.

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