Cooking is an art. As a person with very little in the way of culinary skills, I think that’s indisputable. But that doesn’t mean I don’t wish I had more prowess in the kitchen.

If you’re also truly great at eating food (but maybe not so much at making it), then you’ve experienced the trials and tribulations of attempting to cook for your partner, hoping to surprise and wow them with your previously undiscovered skills.

1. I love cooking.

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time

I have never cooked before, but I love it.

2. Some things just come naturally.

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time

What can I say? I’m gifted.

3. Basically, I was born ready.

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time How hard can it be, right?

4. This recipe will be a piece of cake.

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time

I’ve SO got this.

5. Prepare to be impressed.

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time

Seriously, brace yourself.

6. Googling how to crack an egg.

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time

Just a little preparation, because cooking is harder than it looks. Every good chef Googles, am I right?

7. How I think I look:

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time

Goddess.

8. How I actually look:

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time I’m messy, but the magic is happening, right?

9. My brain is telling my hands to make this happen.

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time

... but I thought my hands would be better at this.

10. Ahhhhhhhh!!! Fire!!!!

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time

Hot.

11. Maybe a little more wine will help?

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time

In the recipe, and in my mouth.

12. How did the ingredients get everywhere?

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time But I looked so cute before.

13. Why did I suggest this?

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time Ordering in would’ve been so easy.

14. Must. Slice. Perfectly.

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time Concentrate. Don’t slice fingers.

15. Add a little bit of this.

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time

You know, for flavor. #effortless

16. Um... something bad happened.

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time Send help.

17. This doesn’t look like the photo in the recipe book...

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time Did I miss a step?

18. The relationship’s over, right?

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time

We can’t be good at everything, OK?!

19. Perhaps this is salvageable?

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time

Nope.

20. Time for the backup plan.

20 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Cooking for Your S.O. for the First Time

Smooth.

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