Title: 식객 (食客) / Shikgaek
Also known as: Gourmet / Trencherman / Best Chef
Kim Rae Won as Sung Chan
Nam Sang Mi as Jin Soo
Kim So Yun as Joo Hee
Kwon Oh Joong as Oh Bong Joo
Talented chefs Bong Joo and Sung Chan were raised like brothers after Sung Chan was orphaned and taken in by Bong Joo’s family. Bong Joo’s family owns a famous traditional Korean restaurant and claims descent from the last royal chef of the Joseon Dynasty. Bong Joo assumes that as the eldest, he will be the one to take over his family’s restaurant and marry Joo Hee when his father makes a surprising announcement about a special cooking contest!
Sung Chan is seen as a threat by some because of his youth, talent, creativity and non-conforming ways. Feeling sorry for him, Joo Hee tries to help him. Discovering the truth about their great-grandfather causes a crisis for Bong Joo, but he later becomes even more determined to be a success while Sung Chan decides to leave. Sung Chan becomes a food peddler, specializing in the freshest and best ingredients in traditional Korean cuisine. Will he ever become a chef again? Will they ever become united as “brothers”?
My Comment :
Despite the high ratings that this drama earned, it just does not really suit my taste. In my opinion, the first few episodes of this drama were really thrilling and fast paced, especially the parts when Sung Chan competed with Bong Joo. However, I felt that the storyline became slower from the episode where Sung Chan ran away to become food peddler across the country. As the result, I skipped some parts that I thought was boring by fast forwarding.
In the end, the only thing that made me keep on watching this drama was the cast. Kim Rae Won and the other supporting actors portrayed their characters really well. His chemistry with Nam Sang Mi was also great. It’s nice to see Kim Rae Won again. I love him in Attic Cat. However, his dramas after that were really not that interesting for me to watch until GOURMET.