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Korean Drama: Gourmet

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Korean drama Gourmet broadcasting on 17 June 2008 to 09 September 2008. This is a drama about Korean cuisine. It shows everything about Korean modern food. Three and a half spoons of happiness, a half spoon of anger, two spoons of sadness and three spoons of pleasure. The production cost of Gourmet will apparently increase to 10 billion won (roughly about $10.6 million USD).

Gourmet

Gourmet

Gourmet

Title : 식객/Shikgaek
Also known as : Gourmet/Trencherman/Best Chef
Chinese Name : 食客
Genre : Romance
Episodes : 24 + 1 Special
Broadcast network : SBS
Broadcast period : 17 June 2008 to 09 September 2008

Cast

Kim Rae Won as Lee Sung Chan
Nam Sang Mi as Kim Jin Soo
Kim So Yun as Yoon Joo Hee
Kwon Oh Joong as Oh Bong Joo

Extended Cast

Won Ki Joon as Min Woo
Choi Bool Am as Mr. Oh (Head Chef / Bong Joo’s father)
Choi Jae Kwon as Sung Shik Gaek (Sung Chan’s friend)
Kang Nam Gil as Director Han (Jin Soo’s boss)
Jung Jin as Ja Woon
Shim Yang Hong as Director Yoon (Joo Hee’s father)
Kim Ae Kyung as Madam Jo
Lee Won Yong as Jong Goo
Lee Won Jong as Dal Pyung
Shim Hoon Ki as Ki Jung
Kim Sun Hyuk as Sang Ki
Choi Jae Hwan as Suk Dong
Do Yoon Joo as General Manager
Kim Hye Jung as Manager Kang
Kim Da In

Gourmet Episode Ratings

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2008-06-16 Special 6.5 (<7.5)
2008-06-17 1 13.2 (5th) 13.9 (5th)
2008-06-17 2 16.1 (3rd) 17.5 (3rd)
2008-06-23 3 16.4 (4th) 17.7 (2nd)
2008-06-24 4 16.0 (3rd) 17.3 (2nd)
2008-06-30 5 16.4 (3rd) 17.0 (3rd)
2008-07-01 6 18.3 (2nd) 19.4 (2nd)
2008-07-07 7 18.1 (3rd) 19.3 (2nd)
2008-07-08 8 20.2 (2nd) 20.7 (2nd)
2008-07-14 9 18.9 (3rd) 20.1 (2nd)
2008-07-15 10 20.7 (2nd) 21.8 (2nd)
2008-07-21 11 22.0 (2nd) 23.5 (1st)
2008-07-22 12 22.4 (2nd) 23.3 (2nd)
2008-07-28 13 21.7 (2nd) 21.6 (2nd)
2008-07-29 14 23.5 (2nd) 24.4 (1st)
2008-08-04 15 20.7 (2nd) 21.1 (2nd)
2008-08-05 16 23.4 (2nd) 23.8 (2nd)
2008-08-11 17 23.5 (2nd) 24.0 (1st)
2008-08-18 18 22.1 (2nd) 23.0 (2nd)
2008-08-25 19 23.3 (2nd) 23.9 (2nd)
2008-08-26 20 22.9 (2nd) 23.0 (2nd)
2008-09-01 21 20.6 (3rd) 21.5 (2nd)
2008-09-02 22 19.1 (2nd) 20.5 (2nd)
2008-09-08 23 20.5 (3rd) 21.2 (3rd)
2008-09-09 24 26.7 (2nd) 27.9 (1st)
Average 20.3% 21.1%

Synopsis of Gourmet

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”?

Sung-Chan – Descendant of a captain/colonel who was in the king’s grace in the late Chosun period. However, at the time the captain/colonel met an unjust death and as that truth became unrevealed, the upturned family continues its line in a mountainside living a normal and poor life. In the year when Sung Chan turns ten years old, Oh-SookSoo (sorry I can’t seem to translate ‘Sook Soo’) comes to him, claiming that he is Sung Chan’s grandfather’s friend’s son and Sung Chan goes to Seoul to be raised together with Oh’s son, Bong Joo.

Jin Soo – She is outgoing, emotional, and a tomboy so she may seem annoying, but she also has a childlike and lovable nature. After she graduated from college in the country, she went to Seoul to take a qualifying exam to get into a Seoul newspaper agency. When she first arrived at the Seoul station, the first place she went to while dragging her large suitcase was “Un Ahm Jung (운암정)” (sorry I can’t seem to put this into a translator either). As a gourmand, she possesses an extraordinary interest and eye for food, and so her dream is to become a food columnist.

Bong Joo – Mr. Oh’s son. As a child, he couldn’t understand why his father treated the mischievous Sung Chan with so much hospitality, but he acted the older brother part well. As Sung Chan turned to cooking and became more serious, his father’s worry lessened, but inversely, the Don Quixote of the kitchen Sung Chan became Bong Joo’s worry. As he watches Sung Chan who has zero level of skill or emotion to deserve to be “Dae Ryung Sook Soo” (this is the term I translated to be captain/colonel earlier but should I just leave it like this?) descendant, he starts to feel rivalry and jealousy.

Min Woo – He is a top cook along with Sung Chan and Bong Joo in “Un Ahm Jung (운암정)”. He managed to go through that difficult and picky barrier into “Un Ahm Jung” (ah, I guess it’s the name of their restaurant place?) and as he heads for the best, he has become a sturdy pillar of support of Un Ahm Jung today. However he ends up meeting Sung Chan who he had problems with in high school at Un Ahm Jung and as he is forced to be in closer range with Sung Chan, he doesn’t know what to do.

Joo Hee – Mr. Oh’s personal assistant. She is Mr. Oh’s right arm as he plays a central role in planning Un Ahm Jung’s future. She is a woman who understands and knows Mr. Oh’s intentions the best. She is the daughter of Mr. Oh’s friend who runs Un Ahm Jung’s branch in LA, and when Bong Joo was studying abroad in America, the two spent time like siblings. From a long time ago, Bong Joo liked Joo Hee but when he reveals that she is already in love with Sung Chan.

Mr. Oh – He is Bong Joo’s father and the current head of Un Ahm Jung. He is the only person who knows the buried secrets regarding Bong Joo and Sung Chan. In order to wash his past sins, he takes in Sung Chan and treats him better than his real son, but all Sung Chan gives him is one disappointment after another. However, when Sung Chan picks up cooking and shows skills, he reconfirms that in fact the blood of “Dae Ryung Sook Soo” runs in him.

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