When we recall the most feel-good experiences in life, a sumptuous feast with the most exquisite dishes may come to mind for many people. Among Asian romantic dramas with a culinary theme, these passionate chefs will not only make you savor their delicious creations but also find the zest of love. Which charming chef is your favorite of them all? 

1. Oh My Ghostess

Kang Sun Woo is the handsome owner and chef of the hottest restaurant in town. The much-admired chef hides a broken heart from a failed relationship and concentrates on making the best dishes. When his usually shy and timid cooking assistant suddenly turns into an alluring seductress, he is mystified. Will he fall in love with the shy assistant or the lusty virgin ghost who has possessed her body? 


Oh My Ghostess

Starring Park Bo Young and Jo Jung Suk

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2. Pasta

Sparks fly in the kitchen and between two strong-willed chefs in this bubbly rom-com drama. Yoo Kyung endures the job of kitchen assistant at a high-end restaurant in hopes of becoming a chef, but she butts heads with the new head chef who seems to find something wrong with everything she does. How will the stubborn but warmhearted kitchen assistant win the heart of the aloof master chef? 

3. Jeju Island Gatsy (aka Warm and Cozy)

Bae Geun Woo surprises his wealthy family by opening a small restaurant on a scenic island. While he cooks, he waits for his long-time crush to reciprocate his love. When love finally knocks on his door, it comes from a strange woman who is down on her luck. He reluctantly helps the stranger and they gradually fall for each other. But when his first love finally shows up, how will he choose? (The romantic drama features a special recipe using local ingredients in each episode.)


Jeju Island Gatsby (a.k.a. Warm and Cozy)

Starring Yoo Yun Suk and Kang So Ra

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4.  My Lovely Sam Soon

Sam Soon's love life hits a dead end when she catches her boyfriend cheating. She also loses her job at the same time. Although she is a talented pastry chef, she is depressed over her weight, a seemingly bleak future, and an embarrassingly old-fashioned name. Enters Jin Heon, an arrogant restaurant owner who hires her and strikes up an unusual bargain — Sam Soon will pretend to be his girlfriend so that he can avoid pressures from his family to get married. When Sam Soon finds self-confidence and regains her passion for life, will Jin Heon love her for just the way she is?

Brisk, endearing, and completely addictive, My Lovely Sam Soon was the runaway mega-hit of 2005. The show also introduced Korean-American actor Daniel Henney. Considered the Korean Bridget Jones's Diary, this refreshing drama still finds new audiences today.  


My Lovely Sam Soon

Starring Kim Sun Ah and Hyun Bin

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And now, a new chef is in town!

5. Temperature of Love

A talented young chef and an aspiring screenwriter meet and start dating. Just when they begin to fall in love, they are abruptly separated when life changes unexpectedly. Years later when the chef meets the writer again, can he find the right temperature to rekindle their romance?


Temperature of Love

Starring Seo Hyun Jin and Yang Se Jong

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Who is your favorite chef?

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