While ZombieMamma is out-of-communication for the week, I have taken over her Friday duties! For this Friday Night Drama, I’m taking you back a ways to a show about the restaurant world, where chef is pitted against chef, and not even the goldfish are safe! Having worked in several different calibers of food establishments in my life, the basic premise of Pasta intrigued me greatly, so when I started watching it, it quickly became a marathon.
The basic premise of Pasta is this: Seo Yoo Kyung, who has 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 dream, 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.
So what the synopsis doesn’t tell you is that the struggle to get back into working at the restaurant turns the entire building into a war zone. There are two sides made of the Italian-trained chefs and those who learned their skills in Korea. And it’s not just the chefs who are at odds. The entirety of the establishment is brought into it as even the waitstaff take sides and the manager happens to be a little shady. Love triangles, or maybe squares, form… it’s a fun time.
While the plot can be considered a little bit cookie cutter, it was an absolute delight is seeing so many familiar faces in this ensemble cast, albeit very YOUNG versions of the actors and actresses we know today. Gong Hyo Jin, Lee Sun Gyun, Chu Alex, Lee Ha Nui, No Min Woo, Choi Jae Hwan, Choi Jin Hyuk… so many people were part of this production and you will recognize 80% of them!
Basically, I’m telling you if you want a feel-good drama that will make you wonder why you don’t cook more often and how you can learn to make every dish you see, you should watch Pasta!