Slideshow: Ask a Chef: What's Your Dream Dinner on Valentine's Day?

Mac and Cheese, Salad, and Roast Chicken
Mac and Cheese, Salad, and Roast Chicken
"A dinner at home for Valentine's is in fact a dream because it's such a busy day I've never actually been home for one. Lauren and I just consulted and are going with a macarnoi and cheese and crab, a bibb lettuce salad, and a simple roast chicken."—Alex Stupak (Empellón Cocina and Empellón Taqueria in New York)
Jamon Iberico de Bellota, Cava, and More
Jamon Iberico de Bellota, Cava, and More
"My multi-course dream dinner would be: oysters poached in Champagne with a touch of unfiltered raspberry vinegar; Spanish Jamon Iberico de Bellota with caviar and creme fraiche (I can't have a menu without Spanish ham!); endive and baby green salad with candied walnuts, pomegranate seeds, blue cheese, orange segments, and a vinaigrette made of toasted walnut oil and pear Champagne vinegar; coq au vin with mashed potatoes; warm hazelnut cake with raspberry sorbet and candied hazelnuts; and don't forget a bottle of Recaredo Gran Reserva Cava 2005!!!

The reasoning behind these choices, is the first two hors d'oeuvres or snacks are perfect for feeding to each other, very romantic bites! I also love coq au vin because it can be made in advance, making the prep very easy, but it is rich, delicious and perfect for a cold February night by the fire." —Katie Button (Curate in Asheville, NC)

Oysters, Caviar, and Rosé, But No Dessert
Oysters, Caviar, and Rosé, But No Dessert
"Oysters, caviar and champagne rosé to start. Then it's on to pasta with black truffles, followed by a whole fried fish with Thai favors. Post-dinner we would skip dessert and head straight for the cognac." —Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa and Toro in Boston)
Ethiopian Doro Watt with Champagne
Ethiopian Doro Watt with Champagne
"We would most definitely start with Champagne and cook a meal together. My wife and I have very busy schedules and don't get a lot of time to relax at home, so my dream dinner would be to make a great Ethiopian doro watt. And if time gets away from us after our second bottle of Champagne? There's always take-out." Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster and Ginny's Supper Club in NYC )
Grilled Artichokes, Good Music, and Oysters
Grilled Artichokes, Good Music, and Oysters
"My dream dinner would be to BE HOME!!! IF that ever were to happen I think it would start with grilled artichokes tossed in an oregano vinaigrette with olive aioli, edamame, St. Andre or Brillat Savarin, mashed California avocados with extra virgin olive-oil and La Brea bakery olive bread, Kumamoto oysters with shallot mignonette (although my partner doesn't eat oysters!) glass of Angelica cellars, and then great music like Eva Cassidy or Bill Evans, a fire....and the rest of the evening!" Susan Feniger (Street and Border Grill in Los Angeles)
My Daughters Cooking Dinner, Followed by Chocolate Chip Cookies and Bourbon
My Daughters Cooking Dinner, Followed by Chocolate Chip Cookies and Bourbon
"A roaring fire in the fireplace. Krug Rose, an American red, my three girls, and them cooking me dinner for a change. Doesn't matter what they are cooking. Finished with hot chocolate chip cookies and bourbon!" —RJ Cooper (Rogue 24 in Washington D.C. )

[Photograph: Rey Lopez, Under a Bushel Photography]

Sea Urchin, Caviar, Lobster, and English Muffins
Sea Urchin, Caviar, Lobster, and English Muffins
"I love super simple (although decadent) dishes that are prepared ahead of time with very little last minute details to interrupt the valuable time at home. A recent once/twice a year addiction that I have succumbed to is toasted English muffins with a slick of butter, fresh sea urchin, pile o' hackle back caviar and a squeeze of lemon. Beyond the muffin and butter they aren't the easiest ingredients to procure, but that's why it's only a few times that I get this in my home fridge. A semi-tradition in my house for Valentine's day is to make a lobster salad with cooked lobster, fresh fennel, green apple, watercress, lots of herbs (chives, parsley, chervil, a little cilantro) and a lemony vinaigrette. Have it with bubbly or a slightly aged Riesling from Alsace and it's good times." —Brad Farmerie (Saxon + Parole, PUBLIC, Madam Geneva in NYC; The Thomas in Napa)
Roast Chicken: Easy To Make, Easy to Clean
Roast Chicken: Easy To Make, Easy to Clean
"I would make my wife's favorite meal for two reasons. She loves it and it's easy to clean up so we get more time together. It's our go-to dinner of roast chicken with leeks vinaigrette and roasted potatoes." —Marc Murphy (Landmarc, Ditch Plains, and Benchmarc in NYC)