10 Culinary K-dramas featuring attractive chefs
From the hot but villainous chef in Sensory Couple, to the childish but sweet culinary master in Jeju Island Gatsby, to the aloof but caring cook in Oh My Ghostess, K-dramas seem to have an obsession with attractive celebrity chefs this year, and I, for one, am not complaining! Here are 10 K-dramas where handsome chefs are heating up the kitchen!
Namgoong Min plays the chef hottie with a naughty body who is hiding a terrible secret more intriguing than his amazing abs.
Three years ago, Choi Moo Gak (Park Yoo Chun) was mysteriously entangled in the "Barcode" murder case, resulting in not only the death of his sister, but also in the loss of most of his senses. While unearthing the cold case, Moo Gak crosses paths with Oh Cho Rim (Shin Se Kyung), a fellow victim who gained the synesthetic ability to see smells, but lost all of her memories prior to the incident. Moo Gak and Cho Rim combine their strange powers to track down the culprit, but are they ready to confront the truth?
Yoo Yun Suk is a carefree playboy who only takes his culinary passion seriously.
Brought to the idyllic Jeju Island in the hopes to make a fresh start, Lee Jung Joo (Kang So Ra) runs into her first love Baek Geon Woo (Yoo Yeon Seok), who runs his own restaurant named Warm and Cozy. Will they be able to move past their differing priorities and personalities, or will a dark secret threaten to keep them apart?
If you're into the more mature and experienced but attractive type, you need to see Kim Seung Woo as a mysterious and caring restauranteur.
In a small restaurant, which is only open after midnight, a chef known as 'Master' (Kim Seung Woo) doesn't offer any menus, but is willing to whip up any dish his patrons desire. Every night, the mysterious Master dedicates himself to comforting the woes of his customers, including a gangster, a down-and-out actor, office ladies, a paper boy, and a night worker. Despite the restaurant's unconventional hours and rules, these denizens of the night still keep coming back for more.
Jo Jung Suk is the undeniably handsome chef who both the female lead and the ghost who possesses her have their eyes on.
Na Bong Sun (Park Bo Young) may be a skilled chef, but she lacks the self-esteem to shine professionally and socially. Beyond her cooking talents, however, is an uncanny ability to communicate with ghosts. One day, her mystic senses go out of control when the seductive ghost of Shin Soon Ae (Kim Seul Gi) possesses her. Imbued with a fiery new "personality," Bong Sun starts turning heads, including that of Kang Sun Woo (Jo Jung Suk), the hottest chef in town and Bong Sun's secret crush!
Two hot and talented chef brothers facing off against each other? Yes, please!
Gourmet is a modern comedy set in the realm of the top echelon of Korean culinary arts. After he is adopted as a child by famous chef Mr. Oh, light-hearted Sung Chan grows up in the world of cooking. Bong Joo, Mr. Oh’s biological son, is raised alongside Sung Chan and expects to inherit his father's famous restaurant, but instead Mr. Oh announces that his heir will be determined in a cooking competition. Before the competition can be completed, however, tragedy strikes, causing Sung Chan to leave behind his life as a chef, while Bong Joo stays behind more determined than ever. Time passes, and the question of who is the better chef among the brothers remains unanswered. Will Sung Chan ever return and face his brother? Who is truly destined to follow in the steps of their father? One of the most popular dramas of 2008, Gourmet is a light-hearted comedy in which food is life and the kitchen is a battlefield.
Lee Sun Gyun starts out as an overbearing and controlling chef, but his hard exterior slowly melts away to capture your heart.
A well-produced, feel-good drama, Pasta is the story of 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. Beloved actors Lee Sun Gyun ( Coffee Prince ) and Gong Hyo Jin ( Thank You ) light up the screen in this bubbly, addictive story of a cold master chef and a stubborn, warm-hearted kitchen assistant.
Song Il Kuk makes the perfect brooding chef with a soft heart underneath.
In the vein of shows like Gourmet and Pasta, Kimchi Family is a deliciously simmering blend of food and romance. Song Il Kuk (Kingdom of the Winds) and recently popular star Park Jin Hee (Giant) lead this family tale of two bickering restaurateurs who fall in love against the backdrop of a beautiful and traditional Korean restaurant. Lee Kang San is a high-maintenance restaurant owner who strives to make her restaurant perfect in every way. Ki Ho Tae is her part-time employee, a hot-tempered character who constantly clashes with Kang San. A rag-tag group of quirky people frequent the restaurant, drawn to its good food and atmosphere, and Ho Tae and Kang San, in their quest to make the restaurant a happy place that feels like family for customers, may find happiness and family in each other.
Lee Sang Woo provides the eye candy in this show about warring chefs.
At the center of K-drama FEAST OF GODS is Arirang, a renowned restaurant that specializes in royal Korean cuisine. For generations, Arirang has chosen only the most expert and gifted chefs to continue its heritage of making traditional Korean food. When Sung Do Hee (Jun In Hwa) is appointed the next successor, rival Baek Seol Hee (Kim Bo Yun) will stop at nothing to claim her stake on the restaurant. The forces of greed and jealousy drive both women to risk family and happiness until unimaginable tragedy and loss strike both of their lives.
A man in the kitchen is never so appealing as when you see Yoon Si Yoon play the mischievous baker king.
One of the highest-rated dramas of the past decade, Baker King is a powerhouse blend of underdog tale, family saga, and romance. Kim Tak Goo grows up the street-smart son of a struggling single mother. When he's 12 years old, however, he discovers that he is the illegitimate son of Goo Il Jong, the president of massive baking company Samhwa Enterprise. Hoping for a better life for her son, his mother sends him to his father and then mysteriously disappears. Tak Goo winds up out on the streets and twelve years later, he's a cocky ruffian on a desperate search for his lost mother. While searching for his mother he winds up at a bakery run by Master Pal Bong, his father's former mentor. After revealing his natural talent for baking, he becomes Pal Bong's apprentice, alongside the unpleasant Ma Joon, who is hiding the fact that he's Il Jong's (legitimate) son. Meanwhile beautiful, haunted Yoo Kyung, Tak Goo's first love, reappears in his life, while Pal Bong's charming granddaughter, Mi Sun, falls for him too. Birth secrets, class tensions, lies, love, and rivalry abound in this drama, but at the heart of it all is one young man's quest to overcome his past and find happiness against all odds.
No Min Woo plays the good-looking son of a CEO who rebels against his family's expectations to become a celebrity chef.
Cha Ki Young (Park Si Yeon) was once a successful news anchor living the good life, but everything changed when she defied expectations and became a single mother. Jo Eun Cha (Bae Soo Bin) was also once a news anchor, but left his career to campaign unsuccessfully for office. Though nothing quite pans out as expected for either Ki Young or Eun Cha, they've yet to discover what fate has in store for them.
Which hot K-drama celebrity chef has your heart melting? What do you think of this culinary trend? Comment below, and don't forget to check out the fun new series Oh My Ghostess!