Director: Kwan Seok Jang
Screenwriter: Seo Suk Hyang (Mr. Goodbye)
Broadcast Network: MBC , Mondays & Tuesdays 21:55
Broadcast period: 2010-Jan-04 (replacing Queen Seon Duk)
It’s a story of a woman, Seo Yoo Kyung, who dreams of becoming a successful first-class cook.
Choi Hyun Wook is a lead top chef, also the owner of an Italian restaurant , “La Spera”.
Kim San is also a chef and a food critic.
Seo Yoo Kyung (26 years old) –Gong Hyo Jin
Easy to be fooled, also she does not utter any complaints. Only female in La Spera treated as third class. But, she will be a legend.
Her responsibilities: Washing hundreds of dishes, frying pan, dish cloth, sterilizing cutting board, cooking for chefs, cleaning the floor, organizing the refrigerator, organizing trash, making pickles, purchasing materials, organizing accounting book, washing clothes, sharpening knives, taking care of stoves, delivering materials to each division, cleaning the lounge, providing first aid to injuries, etc.
She is still an assistant even though she did all this for three years. For she is not from a good school, she has no relationship with powerful people. She knows her own situation very well and acts carefully upon it. Like this, she became No.9 after 3 years of hard working.
Finally, she catches a chance to hold the frying pan. But, at that time, one macho came to kitchen as a chief chef, and he says ‘No female in kitchen’.
“Critical situation may exist, but never gives up. I will destroy all barriers for female and I will be a legend in kitchen.”
Choi Hyun Wook (32years old) –Lee Sun Gyun
Cooking is ‘me’, the chef is the master
He immigrated to Italy at his early ages and lived there with his parents who opened a restaurant. He took the chef course there, then became a top class chef. He comes to restaurant ‘La Spera’ after he is promised full authority. He does not compromise with anyone, even the owner and old chefs, as for ‘cooking’.
Even though his parents are original Korean, he looks and acts like an Italian. He is cool about love as well as cooking. He acts like he can do everything, and acts like he has many things. He is a macho of machos, and he is straightforward. He thinks it is not appropriate to work with a female. Females can not be a colleague nor a friend. Female itself is OK, but no more female chef. There must be no female chef in my restaurant.
the girl, Yoo Kyung, who survives like a weed in my kitchen, starts to shake his heart
Oh Sae Young (31 years old) –Lee Honey
She chose cooking for success!
Seo Yoo Kyung’s idol, ideal character. Symbol of ‘female chef’. She is the Hostess of a television cooking program as well as the author of a best-selling cook book. The only woman in Korea who reached the top of Italian food.
She fell in love with Choi Hyunwook while she was studying at a cooking school in Italy. She graduated as a valedictorian after messing up Choi Hyunwook’s final test on purpose. Though she didn’t want to give up both love and ambition, she put off love for the moment.
The fact that she was valedictorian of an prestigious school, put spot-light on this pretty chef, and gave her a chance to appear in television and commercials. Which leads to popularity and wealth. After attaining everything else, she decided to accomplish the last thing, which is, fatal weak point, her first love.
Behind the calling of chef Choi Hyunwook to ‘La Spera’, there is Oh Seo Young. She never doubted her victory about the result, love as well as business.
Kim San (34 years old) –Alex
Cooking is business!
He lives in an apartment near restaurant ‘La Spera’ investing in stocks. He solves every meal at ‘La Spera’. That’s why he likes to critique about the taste of ‘La Spera’ dish, which is referred to as best. Also, he likes to fool around with Yoo Kyung.
Three years ago, when Yoo Kyung caused trouble to join ‘La Spera’, he was sitting somewhere in the restaurant. He liked the way she earned a job. But not only that, he wanted to see how much she will grow with the passion she has. As to Yoo Kyung , he is a pain in the neck, but truthfully he supports her and cheers her on.
With Oh Seo Young, they are close friends who might appear to others as lovers. As a matter of fact, they might know each other too well to get even closer. However how much longer can they be ‘cool friends’ as Hyunwook and Yoo Kyung appears in their life? The relationship between man and woman is one thing that cannot be predicted.
Gong Hyo Jin as Seo Yoo Kyung
Lee Sun Gyun as Choi Hyun Wook
Lee Ha Nui as Oh Sae Young
Alex as Kim San
Choi Min Sung as Jung Eun Soo
Jang Yong as Seo Jong Gyu
Kim Dong Hee as Seo Yoo Suk
Byun Jung Soo as Kim Kang
Choi Jae Hwan as Jung Eun Soo
No Min Woo as Philip
Baek Bong Ki as Min Seung Jae
Heo Tae Hee as Han Sang Sik
Yoon Yong Hyun as Kwang Tae
Lee Hyung Chul as Geum Suk Ho
Jo Sang Ki as Jung Ho Nam
Ha Jae Sook as Lee Hee Joo
Lee Sung Min as Seol Joon Suk
Son Sung Yoon as Park Chan Hee
Jung Da Hye as Park Mi Hee
Episode 1 2010/1/4 —12.2
Episode 2 2010/1/5 —11.9
Episode 3 2010/1/11–11.9
Episode 4 2010/1/12–12.7
Episode 5 2010/1/18–10.9
Episode 6 2010/1/19–13.5
Episode 7 2010/1/25–13.0
Episode 8 2010/1/26–14.9
Episode 9 2010/2/1–14.3
Episode 10 2010/2/2–15.7
Episode 11 2010/2/8–15.3
Episode 12 2010/2/9–16.2
Episode 13 2010/2/15–14.7
Episode 14 2010/2/16–16.3
Episode 15 2010/2/22–14.7
Episode 16 2010/2/23–16.3
Episode 17 2010/3/1–19.4
Episode 18 2010/3/2–19.0
Episode 19 2010/3/8–19.9
Episode 20 2010/3/9–21.5