When searching for the right man, women typically keep an eye out for certain traits such as confidence, sense of humor, or looks. While I must admit those traits do cross my mind when getting to know a guy, there is one trait in particular that I admire: the ability to cook!

Perhaps this trait has never crossed your mind, so let me enlighten you in hopes of a brighter dating future. Here are a few reasons why all women need a man who can cook.

1. Cooking is sexy.

Even though I am a freshman in college who, sadly, hasn't had much male cooking experience, I can imagine when I get to that certain stage in my life, there will be nothing more appealing than coming home and finding my man whipping something up for me in the kitchen. From making me the simplest of meals to the most extreme, I will always find cooking sexy.

2. Romance is Included.

Instead of spending a large amount of money on dinner out on the town, your dinner date can come right from your home which makes eating much more intimate. Special occasion or not, a dinner that he made for just the two of you, suitable for the dining room table or even the couch, screams romance. Plus, knowing that he made the meal himself immediately makes the food taste 10x better. 

3. Real men cook.  

Stereotypically, women are the ones who slave over the stove all day preparing meals for their men so that they don't have to move a muscle when they come home. But you should want a man who is unlike the typical man: one that can cook for you. If you can find a guy who can man up and prepare a nice roasted chicken or spaghetti and meatball meal like it's no big deal, well, he's a keeper.

4. Breakfast in bed. 

I'm just going to assume that this one is everybody's favorite. So picture this nice little thought—you've had a long night out and the last thing you want to do in the morning is get out of bed. Now what could your man possibly do to help a girl out? Breakfast in bed! Just sit back, relax, and get a good whiff of the bacon and eggs that are being carried up the stairs and onto your lap.

5. Teamwork makes the dreamwork.  

Last but not least, I'd like to say that there can never be too many cooks in the kitchen, at least in this case. Having too much company in the kitchen is never good, but if it's just you two, then I highly recommend it. With the right kind of music and setting, cooking together could be a whole lot of fun and an awesome way to spend time with each other.

So, ladies, next time you meet a new guy, jump straight into his hobbies and see if cooking falls under his hidden traits. You'd be surprised as to how many male chefs you may come across. And for the gentlemen out there who can't even heat up an Easy Mac, now is the time to start taking some cooking classes... good luck to ya!