Pasta (2010)

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"Pasta" covers the dreams and success of a young woman who aspires to become an elite chef at La Sfera restaurant.

Seo Yoo Kyung started her career as a kitchen assistant at La Sfera restaurant. She eventually works her way up to become a chef.

Choi Hyun Wook is the top chef at La Sfera restaurant. He studied the culinary arts in Italy and started out as a chef assistant at a read morehotel in Sicily. Hyun Wook eventually worked his way up to become the most widely recognized Italian chef in Korea.

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Oct 31, 2011
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Pasta would be an overall delightful watch if it weren't for a couple of absolutely annoying, infuriating traits.

I think it's necessary for me to premise that I have first hand experience of how a high level restaurant/kitchen works. This is why I was attracted to it in the first place.

For the most part, what happens in the kitchen of this drama is exactly the same you will find in Michelin-stars read more kitchen all over the world: the strict hierarchy, the arguments between kitchen chef and restaurant direction, the treatment of women (things are rapidly changing, but high level cuisine has been for a long time a male domain, where women were treated almost like slaves). Even details in this drama are absolutely realistic, from the utensils they use to the allocation of each cooking-partie.
I had a great time watching the whole kimchi debacle, as I know for a fact that this is exactly the kind of problem a chef in such a kitchen would face.

BUT. Like Beca, the female lead annoyed me. Royally. Not so much because she would say Yes Chef every second word - that's actually quite accurate - but because she was ambitious but never showed any sign of having learnt anything. If you want to succeed in the gourmet world and you have the chance to work with a great chef you don't discuss his menu decisions: you learn! She is at the same time too humble and too conceited. She bows her head when she should show pride (grrrrrrr) and fights against the chef when HE is right (double grrrrrrr)!
And please don't get me started on the way she eats spaghetti. I'm Italian and, believe me, I cringed, to say the least. She would grab a handful of oily spaghetti and thrust them in her mouth with her hands, chewing them as if it were pigswill. In front of other people. I was disgusted. I respect different customs from mine, but you don't work in a 3-star (or even a 1 star) Italian restaurant without knowing how to eat spaghetti, for Pete's sake!

Lee Sun Gyun on the other hand is amazing. He is an arrogant jerk, but he is absolutely believable. I would never fall for such a man, but nothing he does or say comes out as unrealistic. Let me be just a little spoilerish here and say that his declaration is a great one! I finished the drama because of him and the rest of the hilarious, spot-on kitchen staff.

I can't remember the music, I'm afraid. Hence the 7.

I'm not sure I'll rewatch this drama. I laughed a lot, it entertained me a lot, but there are parts I'd need to skip entirely if I wanted to go through a second watch.
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Oct 31, 2011
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I started watching this drama because I read the fantastic reviews people wrote here about it, so I started really exciting, expecting something like Coffee Prince meets the kitchen, but I got something really different.

This is a great drama, the characters are great and I loved that it actually did have a lot about food because a lot of dramas, like You're Beautiful, Only You and Heartstrings are read more about a certain subject but you never get to actually see the writers exploding that.

The thing that really bothered me about this one that made me not like this drama so much was the female lead. She had no personality whatsoever, always letting everyone push her around, even her love interest. I hate that she was alway "Yes, Chef. Yes, Chef. Chef, chef chef chef..." I mean she never even called him by his real name, no Hyuk Woon ah, or Hyuk Woon ssi, or even Choi Hyun Wook ssi.

Also, for the sake of not spoiling I'll really just say that I hated the REAL reason (not the generic, but the one he says) of why the chef broke up with his previous partner. I don't know of it is just because I'm a hardcore feminist, or simply because I thought he was dumb but I simply hated him.

On the other hand I loved all the kitchen drama, with the main line and the pasta line, Italian vs Korean! It was so funny to see them fight for the most minimum thing, I think all that made the drama funnier to watch and lighter.

In general I really enjoyed this drama, though it isn't one of my favorites
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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 8 days ago

    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 23 days ago

    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 3,313 users)
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