My aunt bought this DVD during a sale and passed it to me seeing how much I enjoyed Gong Hyo-Jin in The Greatest Love (https://vickychong.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/the-greatest-love-korean-drama/) and Master’s Sun (https://vickychong.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/masters-sun-korean-drama/).
She doesn’t disappoint here. Her child-like innocence and obedience is at times incredulous yet endearing. It’s no wonder the macho men in the drama all fall in love with this helpless damsel.
A warning before watching this show. It will make you very hungry and crave for pasta. It was a torture watching this drama at night and hearing my tummy growling at the aglio olio, or swallowing my saliva at the scallops that was rejected by the Chef.
There are politics in hospitals and offices, but this is the first I have seen in a kitchen. With all the quarreling and protesting, one wonders how the food eventually reaches the diner’s table.
Yoo-Gyeong is a kitchen assistant working in an up-scale Italian restaurant trying to perfect her pasta. One the day after she got promoted to finally become a pasta chef after three years, a new head Chef, Hyun Wook, arrives and promptly fires all the female cooks to discourage romance in the kitchen. But she is not to be deterred, returning again and again in stubborn determination until Hyun Wook, or Chef, gives up and relents.
To replace the three female pasta chefs who were sacked, Chef brought in his own team, trained in Italy, thereby creating two opposing teams in the kitchen, the Italian Team and the Korean Team.
To add to the chaos, the boss Kim San, hires the ex-l0ve of Chef, Sae-Young, now a celebrity chef, who had betrayed him in a cooking competition by sabotaging his ingredients and winning the competition. We learn Chef’s dislike for women in his kitchen is because of this incidence. Sae-young hopes to win back Chef but she faces an obstacle in Yoo-gyeong, who is now conducting a secret romance with Chef.
They have a huge problem now. It was Chef who declared that anyone one who is romancing in his kitchen be fired. Added to his dismay, his love competition is the owner of the restaurant, someone who is richer, more pleasant and actually likes Yoo-gyeong’s cooking instead of constantly criticizing and rejecting it.
The light-hearted comedy is has all the right ingredients to make it enjoyable – easy to follow story line, some level of unpredictability, nice shots of food, and attractive male casts. Lee Sun-gyun looks sexy when he swaggers into the kitchen to bark instructions, and delicious when he is actually behind the stove cooking. The boss, an actor known simply as Alex, has the tender gaze that can melt any woman’s heart. I would have a hard choice deciding between the two.
And yes, I ate too much pasta during the course of watching this drama.