Life is best lived through the cuisine of the world. Han Jie is a heralded celebrity chef who runs a restaurant in Europe but returns to Taiwan to become a culinary teacher at Si Ping High School to fulfill his promise to his old mentor. Fang Xiao Rou, the mentor’s daughter, also works as a culinary instructor at the school and immediately clashes with Han Jie on teaching and cooking.
Han Jie’s best friend, Wen Zhen Yu, also teaches at the school but the two friends soon become rivals for Xiao Rou’s affections.
Jiang Pei Ying, Xiao Rou's best friend and fellow teacher, also has strong feelings for her fellow colleagues. Can the four instructors keep their differences in check to share their culinary passion with their students?
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The first 1/3rd of the drama kind of felt like a prologue to the second half because the second half felt like the main story. I liked the organization of this drama and the romance developed between the leads felt subtle, smooth, and not deliberate.The drama started with a competition and the drama ends with a competition, wrapping up the drama very well with no loose ends. The drama was extended and though the extension prolonged the inevitable ending, it gave more time to fully explore the students' romantic relationships. Thus, I thought the extension did more good than bad. Most of this drama focused on the development of the romance between the leads, the daily obstacles of high school life as a high school student, and the complications that go with being a teacher/high schooler.
I seriously loved the cast. There was no annoying antagonist at all, no revenge plot, barely any love triangles, and no disapproving parents. Nita Lei was amazing in this drama; she is the best friend I never had-crazy, hilarious, and caring. Huge props to her acting. What made this drama shine were the student storylines and of course Lego's fantastic portrayal as a teacher. Han Jie (Lego) drastically changed after meeting Xiao Rou (Allison Lin. Xiao Rou also changed after being with Han Jie. Their love for one another made them change for one another.
Soundtrack was fabulous-the songs were so catchy and appropriately used.
I definitely recommend this drama. There's barely any angst in Love Cuisine so it's a very light-hearted drama that's easy to watch. I think a lot of people didn't enjoy this drama as much as I did because the problems/obstacles felt trivial since there's no love triangles/vindictive antagonists so it became boring. However, that's what made Love Cuisine so easy to watch! If you want to laugh in every episode, watch this! (9/8.5)
Plot/story: -8.5- Right from the beginning, the story hooked me. Literally... (you will get the pun when you see the beginning hehe) The main characters in the first few episodes already have their special/cute moments that strengthen their relationship throughout the drama. I love how the story goes with the flow in every episode... until the very end. I STRONGLY DISLIKED THE ENDING! It was so abrupt! It could have been way cuter on Han Jie's (Lego Lee) side. The production could have told the viewers how Han Jie and Fang Xiao Rou's life after the students graduated or where they went or what they did! There were soooooo many cliffhangers that could have been fixed and would make the ending an actual ending. The whole drama was great, except the ending.
Acting/cast: -10- Perfect cast for this drama! All the characters' personalities were on point and I couldn't asked for a better cast. Lego Lee played Han Jie so well! Like holy cow! He is so into his character that it was so cute watching him chase after Fang XIao Rou (Allison Lin) and then him being chased by Fang Xiao Rou later in the drama. Same goes with Allison Lin playing Fang Xiao Rou. Her innocence in Love Cuisine was so adorable to watch and it definitely kept me hooked to watch these two characters get to know each other throughout the drama. All the students, whom I believe are relatively new in the acting world, played their parts really well! They sparks between the students' relationships were just perfect and really ties this whole drama together. (Especially with Wan Mai Zhi and Wei Qi Zhen)
Music: -9- Very catchy and well used in this drama though sometimes they can be overplayed between the breaks.
Rewatch Value: -10- Well, considering that I have already rewatched this drama 5+ times and am still in love with it, for me it's a 10 score.
Overall: -9.5- It was near perfect!!!!! But sadly the ending was a bit of a downhill. For anyone who likes cute, but now too over the top, food related, school drama or wants to watch a simple drama, this drama is perfect for you!
HOPE YOU GUYS ENJOY THIS DRAMA AS MUCH AS I DID!!!
|Ciao for Now!-Lily|