- Overall 8.5
- Story 8.0
- Acting/Cast 8.5
- Music 2.5
- Rewatch Value 6.5
Amami Yuki is phenonmenal as always in every role she plays, but this lively chef who holds an unbeatable, upbeat attitude, is the best. She excels in playing tough women who overcomes all odds, while holding court with her special aura and her awesome skills in the characters that she plays.
This drama is mouthwatering with the food on display, and many scenes of her cooking. A French chef who met her read more downfall (orchestrated by her business partner), she nonetheless lived for one reason, and that is her insatiable love for cooking. She charged ahead despite obstacles at every turn, and manages to overcome them because her passion for cooking brought out the best in the food, and people loved her, and her cooking, for it. For every artist who lives for their craft, this drama is a gem that presents this aspect of life extremely well.
The main villain, the restaurant owner of La Reina, is a perplexing character hellbent on destroying her for no apparent reason. The other supporting characters are mostly just silly and fill in the blanks needed for an audience for all the shenanigans. Good thing the drama focuses on the chef and not on these side characters.
I would have loved to have school lunches cooked by a 3 star chef everyday! American school lunches are worse than dirt, never mind gourmet cuisine. Aside from feeling envy of the adults who queue up for the food, I envy the kids who eat her cooking everyday. Wish that somewhere in real life, someone like her decides on public service!
This drama maintains a good pace and never sags. The music is nondescript though, so don't expect much. All in all, an excellent food drama.