No, "Löffel" is the direct object (To like something). These are the verbs used with accusative case: http://www.jabbalab.com/blog/2331/verbs-followed-by-the-accusative-case
I'm not entirely sure, but it might be to do with the case. So if it is genitive or dativ, accussative or nominative. So i think (might not be correct) that this is in accussative case, as it is talking about a direct object. As the definite article (the) for masculine words in accusative case is 'den' i think this might be the case. So the word is 'der Löffel' the spoon, but because it is in accussative case, it becomes 'den Löffel'. Im not sure if this is right though, but i hope it helps in someway!