Pasta (2010)

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Seo Yoo Kyung, endured the grueling job of kitchen assistant at high-class restaurant La Sfera for two years in hopes of being promoted to chef. Things are looking up as she meets a handsome stranger on the street who ends up being the restaurant's new head chef. His first day on the job, however, he fires all the female cooks, including Yoo Kyung. Yoo Kyung, too stubborn to let go of her read moredream, she is willing to do whatever it takes to get her job back. Yoo Kyung struggles as she butts heads with the new chef while trying to learn everything she can from him at the same time, and sparks begin to fly. Things are complicated by the presence of Kim San, a charming customer with an eye for Yoo Kyung who seems to have mysterious ties to the restaurant, and Oh Sae Young, a famous TV Chef and former love of Hyun Wook, not to mention the kitchen politics that get in the way of their budding romance.

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Jul 10, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Craving for something new, sweet and highly enjoyable drama? Take chance and start Pasta.

Story: The mainstream of the story was about an assistant aspiring to become a great chef in an elite restaurant and along the way, she falls in love with the head chef. It sounds typical, but not quite which I'll delve into later. I love the build-up/ formation of the episodes. Its refreshing and informative. Since this was read more my first food drama, I find the setting, food preparation and kitchen scenes really interesting. Most of the time the conflicts come from the kitchen, its not annoying and repetitive, it's fascinating to watch. The dialogues said were useful and could enlighten the audience about food, cooking techniques and a lot more. I'm most excited on the competitions being held, small or grand, within or outside La Sfera, it's fun and educative on my part. The characters were given twists in the story and their involvement in plot development were delightful to watch.

As I said earlier, the romance maybe is typical, but not really. The relationship development was the one that I really loved the most. It's not slow, not too dramatic either, it's entertaining. On their frequent argument, I smile. In most of the exchange of dialogues, I laugh. They're adorable to look at. They don't have a lot of physical contact, but their chemistry was absolutely convincing. With simple gestures, there's an evident spark. Oh yeah, the confession of love was outstanding and sweet. Their relationship wasn't only a display of affection, its also about them, working and helping each other to become better individuals especially on their working environment. The ending for everyone was creatively done, I was really happy for them, for the couple, well, it's cute!

Cast/ Acting: Most of the characters were likeable, however I love the 2 main leads the most. As a couple or an individual, I believe they're nicely written and well-acted. The lead girl may be seen as weak because she constantly follows orders to almost anyone, however, she stands firm for something she feels right. She bows a lot but she doesn't lose her real self in the process; her goal to become a chef remains there. She's just a very determined, humble, simple but open-minded person ready to accept criticisms because she believed, these will be essential in fulfilling her goals. She can be an underdog, but it's only temporary, for she has a strong fighting spirit. Gong Hyo Jin did a great job on the acting, she acted as expressive way as possible. For the male lead, his character is someone that you'll really want to hate but instead you'll learn to love. For me, he's just misunderstood. He was perceived to be arrogant, chauvinistic, insensitive, don't like women in his kitchen but for all of this, he has a credible reason. I leave the watching to you to know the reason. I forgive him because he made an exception, and for that he's still human after all. Overall, he's a good person, very professional when it comes to work, perfectionist but its not for himself alone; its for the customers, the restaurant and for his own people. His yells doesn't offend me, I don't know whether it's because of Lee Sun Gyuns deep, subdued voice that was very appealing to me or for the constructive criticisms he say upon raising his voice. Lee Sun Gyun was perfect on his role, his eyes were also expressive, I love it.

I can't get enough of those two but the supporting casts made their part shine also. There was no real antagonist here, however, there was no dull character made. The reformed pasta-line was filled with eyecandies you can't get enough but will the sunbaes let themselves lose? Definitely not.

Music: The songs were nice to hear. There was a song having a merry, fast-paced tune that I liked and then theres, La-la-lala-la-la-la song or is it Na-na.. well, either I liked it. There's a lot more songs I don't know their titles, but they're all good.

Rewatch Value: I rewatched this once. I rarely do that. Maybe when I become depressed. I'll watch this again. I have a feeling that this will lift my spirits because of a lot of enjoyable moments it gave me.

Overall: There's nothing much left to say but to encourage you to watch this drama. If you're a rom-com lover, this will surely satisfy your craving. :)
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Jul 2, 2012
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
My experience in watching this drama was rather disappointing. I am a very big fan of Lee Seon Gyun, and while his performance in this drama was strong, it wasn't enough to carry the entire drama. Especially since I found him and essentially every other man in this series to be sexist and chauvinist.

What century are we in? This series, while modern in overall appearance and environment, is like something out read more of the 1800s before the women’s movement. I think women are fairly progressed in Korea, but this series leads you to believe otherwise. As a woman watching this series, I grew weary of the male leads putting down and disrespecting the female leads.

What's even more offensive to me is the characterization of the female characters in this drama. The lead female is weak and whiney. She argues momentarily, but crumbles rather quickly and is back to saying "yes chef" to everything that is barked at her. The only strong woman in this series is of course characterized as the "evil b*tch," and is also constantly disrespected and treated like crap by all the male leads.

Lastly, there are a gagle of typical gossipy, meddling women who really serve no purpose at all. Women overall are portrayed really poorly in this series.

To say something positive, if nothing else, the chefs on the Italian team serve as wonderful eye candy.

While this drama is not the worst out there, all the sexism, ignorance and stereotyping wore on me to the point where I wasn't sure what the message of this drama was. I suppose it's purpose is to be a "romantic comedy," but I don't find bigotry romantic or funny.
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Both dramas have the same director, screen writer and lead actor, so while watching you might get the same feeling.

But that's not it. Both dramas don't focus on the romance directly. In "Pasta" it is about working in a restaurant, while in "Miss Korea" it is about working out to be Miss Korea and managing a cosmetic company.

Beside the lead actor, Lee Sun Gyun, actors Lee Sung Min and Choi Jae Hwan also acted in both dramas as supporting roles.
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they have the same background story. The head chef/boss doesn't permit office/kitchen romance and in the end the boss falls for an employee. :)
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    heavenlene Aug 25, 2014

    Head Chef is too sadistic and maknea chef is too masochistic hhhmm..perfect combi :P learned a lot about cooking fine dishes through this drama :P cool storyline

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    ROSE Aug 10, 2014

    never bored of it

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    BlueBeauty Apr 18, 2014

    His "michyeoss-eo?" face is so sexy.

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    blindassassin Feb 14, 2014

    I started watching this because I'm a Lee Sun Gyun fan, however I hate dramas where the male lead domineers over the female lead so...end of story.

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    holldoll32 Feb 9, 2014

    choi jin hyuk was in pasta?! i dont remember that! as who...?

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      pegah Mar 22, 2014

      one of the Italian Group ... because now he change so much :D

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    Rosie Nov 10, 2013

    I do not particularly like Gong Hyo Jin & Lee Sun Gyun who I understand are the lead roles in this drama.

    I would like to watch for the supporting cast. Can anyone who has seen it let me know if the supporting actors have adequate screen time or is it predominantly the leads focused on. No spoilers please.

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    DramaLoverSara Nov 3, 2013

    loved it sooo much , the two leads are great actors !!!!!!! the chemistry seemed sooo real , loved it !!!!!!!!!

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    AnitaSuperStar Nov 2, 2013

    omg i loved it ^^ So cute

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    WowCreations Oct 2, 2013

    oh the cute-ness ^__^

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    teelove Sep 13, 2013

    I enjoyed this drama alot!

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    Hugz_4_mE Sep 8, 2013

    Master's Sun brought me here! so i am gonna watch this drama just because I read it somewhere that GHJ did an amazing job in this drama i mean the GIRL CAN ACT SHE IS JUST TOO GOOD esp in Master's sun.

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      Moko Oct 30, 2013

      If you want GHJ-Awesomeness you should rather watch Greatest Love or Crush and Blush or Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy but Pasta is okay as well xD

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      Hugz_4_mE Nov 2, 2013

      Hiii. yeah I kinda gave up on Pasta idk why hehe. But will def gie Crush and blush a try. thnx

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    Meye Sep 3, 2013

    I decided to watch it because of Lee Sun Gyun who seemed very good in Coffee Prince, but what I don't understand is how come this drama got such low rates than Coffee Prince. Such a shame!
    I loved this drama, probably because I am a food lover and I like to dump curbs in my stomach and I like Pasta a lottt.... and the romance part, working in a restaurant, environment in a working place, lives of chefs, lives of others were portrayed in a very meaningful way. Love it!! The OSTs are amazing!!
    One of the most favorite moment of the drama was in the last part of episode 15 when the chef threw in the towel for what he had done. So many favorite moments... finished the series in 2 days :D. This is so getting all the 5stars from me ;)

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      Es01 Sep 10, 2013

      i think is because Pasta was too much in the kitchen but Coffee prince was a wow both the kitchen,romance,hate,runaway.anyway they are both incredible

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    ROSE Aug 27, 2013

    i liked it soooo much coz i love lee sun gyun his voice when he speaks is wow

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    meganjoy12 Aug 21, 2013
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    Bookdork1 Aug 2, 2013

    For anyone hesitant to watch this drama: The male lead is not a chauvinist. Yes, he is an egotistical control freak, but he isn't a sexist jerk. The reason he initially fires all of the women is because he is terrified of falling in love as he was once hurt very badly in a relationship. His actions were most definitely wrong, (and I really don't get why the women didn't just sue him) but don't let the first 2 eps fool you; he knows women are most definitely capable of being awesome chefs ;)


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    Jan 4, 2010 to Mar 9, 2010
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    1 hr. 2 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 3,369 users)
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