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Good solid romance drama. Lovely cast, well put together. Nothing spectacular about it, but nothing much wrong - no obvious tropes that we're sick of, so it gets a better rating than it might otherwise. I found the leads to have good chemistry and be believable. A nice easy drama without too many demands on the viewer.
I'm very ambivalent about this drama. This was my second viewing. On one hand, the casting is great, acting excellent, The whole thing is very good throughout. The pace and feeling of a commercial kitchen is pretty well captured. What's troubling is the main female character. Gong Hyo jin is wonderful - she generates chemistry with any male lead and develops a consistent, believable character. What's troubling is the fact that, although she's treated badly by everyone, she takes it and comes back for more. There are momentary rebellions and hissy fits, but she seems destined to be a door mat forever. OTOH, that's the reality of both kitchen and Korean culture, so -why complain about it? Although I didn't care for Lee Sun Gyun the first time, now I see that he's done a nice job with a character who evolves and changes over time. It's a fun drama, if you can handle the negativity.
No doubt, this is a classic. I've just watched it for the second time, and I'm still engaged by the story and the characters - great writing, great acting, and really, couldn't you just look at Hyun Bin all day? But the level of violence bothered me first time through and still does. Everybody hits everybody else. All the time. Fist fights galore (although short), slaps, kicks, beatings with various things. It's not like it's a gangster movie, but the hostile physical responses run through everything and spoil the show. And you know what? She's not fat. She just not anorexic. This just misses being a great drama, but it's at least enjoyable entertainment.