Talking to Strangers: San Francisco, CA

Nerve asks deeply personal questions to people we just met.

BY Ruth Tam

Amanuel, 29

What do you do for a living?
I'm a chef.

Does that get you a lot of dates?
Yeah. A lot of women aren't cooking as much. I don't want to be stereotypical. There are women who can cook, but they say they don't on purpose because they just want a man to cook for them. I know they know how to cook, but I just go with it.

Do you have any dish in particular that you whip up to impress the ladies?
No, it's whatever I make in the moment. Whatever I'm cooking at the time is going to be amazing.

Which foods are aphrodisiacs?
It depends, but there's the chocolates, the strawberries...

Isn't that a little clichéd?
It's clichéd, but clichés are true. It actually happens.

Do you have a certain type?
No. I'm kind of worldly. I have no issues with differences between girls. I feel like I'm douchey when I say that. You see my little brother over there? He's got the yellow fever. But I just like women.

What's your craziest hookup story?
In the movie theater watching Inspector Gadget when it first came out.

The movie-theater hookup is classic, but during a kid flick?
It's very risqué. It's like Pee-wee Herman gettin' caught. You asked!

How can you get off while Matthew Broderick's attacking his robot twin in the background?
When you're there, you're not even paying attention to whatever's on screen. Half the movie I don't even remember 'cause I was busy makin' out.

So you probably don't believe in "the perfect date," then?
To me, there's no such thing as a perfect anything.

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