WASHINGTON – The saying goes, “You are what you eat,” but does that theory extend to, “You are what’s in your refrigerator?”
To John Stonehill, it absolutely does.
Stonehill is a “refrigerator dating expert” and creator of Check Their Fridge, a dating website that analyzes people’s relationships — and their refrigerators.
“Really, nothing says more about what we are than what we eat and what we drink,” Stonehill says.
“It really tells us a lot about our health, our lifestyle, how we socialize, how we appear, even how well-read we are.”
He launched Check Their Fridge six months ago, but he developed his fridge theory more than 10 years ago when he was single and dating. Stonehill says whenever he went back to a woman’s apartment, he would check her fridge.
“By looking in that fridge, I got such a good window into who this person is,” he says, adding that some women would find his behavior hilarious, while others would find it weird.
Stonehill says his “fridge epiphany” came about in his late 20s, when, true to his routine, he opened a woman’s refrigerator after a date. Stonehill says the smell that came out of the fridge was the most disgusting, horrible smell, and he instantly knew a relationship with the woman would not work.
“What kind of sane person lets their fridge get so disgusting and so smelly that you literally cannot open the door without gagging?” he says. “Almost always, if there’s chaos in someone’s fridge, there’s probably chaos in someone’s life.”
Ten years later, Stonehill went to the apartment of his (now) wife. He pulled on the door of her sleek, stainless steel refrigerator, and what he speculated from its contents — a nice bottle of champagne, a nice bottle of wine, a couple of gourmet condiments and a little cheese — holds true today.