Updated: Oct 30, 2020
One dream many have is to have a personal chef. Someone who will make delicious meals whenever you want.
Even better if there’s a couple of men wanting to cook for you.
Kdramas often feature chefs, or have the male lead, make a special meal for the girl they like.
Even if, like in Descendants of the Sun they have to take lessons from a private before hand.
Dramas like Eccentric Chef Moon, Temperature of Love, Wok of Love, Oh My Ghost, Pasta (where I found out that Koreans like pickles with their pasta), Sweet Stranger and Me, I Order You, Warm and Cozy, Flower Boy Ramyeon Shop, Let’s Eat, and more place the lead character in a restaurant.
In these dramas they are happy to cook up a custom meal for their girl after the restaurant has closed.
Not ready for a full meal then there are bakers: Baker King, Panda Hedgehog, How Are You Bread, Choco Bank, and more.
Baking and cooking segments are a staple of many fan meetings as well, where a lucky audience member is treated to a dish prepared by the star. Live broadcasts also often have the artist making special treats for fans In cooking episodes.
Cooking shows are also becoming quite popular in Korea following Please Take Care of My Refrigerator, Youn’s Kitchen, Three Meals A Day, Kang’s Kitchen, which have been growing in popularity.
These shows focused on the adage “the way to the heart is through the stomach” and often leave viewers hungry for more.
But who will clean up?
Okay then time to eat.
Some stars have gone as far as to get cooking certification like Ze:A’s Kwanghee, TVXQ’s Changmin, EXO’s D.O, actor Rya Soo Young (was posting on Instagram they types of bread he was learning to bake). Others like GDragon, Henry Lau, and Yoo In Ah, have opened restaurants. Super Junior’s Yesung and Donghae, 2AM’s Changmin, actor Jasper Chi and Jay Park have opened cafes. For others their enjoyment of cooking has lead them to write a cookbook like Kim JaeJoong and Super Junior’s Leeteuk did.