Tuesday, June 21, 2011

PASTA







Pasta is a South Korean TV series broadcast by MBC from January 2010 to March 2010.[1]
Synopsis
“Pasta” covers the dreams and success of a young woman who aspires to become an elite chef at La Sfera restaurant.[2]
Seo Yoo Kyung started her career as a kitchen assistant at La Sfera restaurant for 3 years. Her dream is to become an Italian cuisine chef. She eventually works her way up to become a chef.
One day, the La Sfera restaurant newly hires Choi Hyun-wook, a chef who went to culinary school in Italy. Upon his arrival, the female chefs are fired one by one and Yoo-Kyung finds herself to be the last woman standing. She's fired several times but comes up with ways to be rehired by Choi Hyun-wook. Eventually she's rehired permanently when she wins a blind taste contest. The newly hired president, Kim San hires his friend and celebrity chef Sae-young as a co-head chef to work with Hyun-wook. It turns out that Sae-young and Hyun-wook used to date each other when they were both studying at the Italian culinary school. But they broke up after Sae-young sabotaged his wine by boiling it to win a cooking contest. They turn into rivals and try to outdo each other in making the finest Italian cuisine. Working alongside two celebrity chefs, Yoo-kyung feels small and insignificant. She gradually develops feelings for the charismatic Hyun-wook. However, restaurant owner Kim San begins to become attracted to the spunky Yoo-Kyung and the relationships between them become fraught with complexities.[3]
Starring
  • Seo Yoo-Kyung, played by Kong Hyo-jin
    • The daughter of a Chinese restaurant owner whose mother died of cancer, she dreams of becoming a celebrity chef. Having graduated from a lowly culinary school, she starts the series as a kitchen assistant for 3 years at La Sfera. She has a spunky attitude and she finally gets promoted to chef in the first episode, but after a new head chef, Hyun-wook, is hired, she is on the verge of losing her job. She barely hangs onto her job, thanks to the restaurant manager who intervened on her behalf. But Yoo-Kyung has a long way to go until she will earn any respect from chef Hyun-wook for her cooking skills. She makes an effort to learn as much as she can from Hyun-wook and he, in turn, starts to grow fond of her. However, when Kim San, the restaurant owner of La Sfera, returns, her relationship between Hyun-wook and Kim San change abruptly.
  • Choi Hyun-wook, played by Lee Sun Gyun
    • A chef who rose to the top of his profession after starting at the bottom in an Italian restaurant in Sicily. Offered a hefty salary and housing from the La Sfera restaurant, he decides to become the head chef of the establishment. He detests female chefs after having a bad experience in the past and proclaims, "There will be no women in my kitchen". When his ex-girlfriend Sae-young joins him at the restaurant as co-head chef, he frequently quarrels with her and then makes up as they create wonderful cuisine for patrons.
  • Oh Sae-young, played by Lee Ha-nui
    • She's Yoo-gyeong's role model as well as her roommate. Sae-young has her own cooking show and is the most celebrated female chef in Korea. During her years in Italy where she went to culinary school, she dated Hyun-wook and ruined his recipe to win a grand prix cooking contest. After returning to Korea, she instantly became a celebrity chef but when she's reunited with Hyun-wook, she has conflicted feelings towards him.
  • Kim San, played by Alex
    • He's the actual owner of the La Sfera restaurant, but he hides this fact and poses as a regular restaurant patron for 3 years. One day, he takes a peek at Yoo-Kyung's notes and develops an interest in her. Nobody pays much attention to Yoo-Kyung, who is a kitchen assistant, but Kim San watches her closely. He helps Yoo-Kyung from behind the scenes unbeknown to Yoo-Kyung.
Episode ratings for the MBC drama Pasta
Date
Episode
Nationwide
Seoul
2010-01-04
1
12.2 (13th)
13.4 (9th)
2010-01-05
2
11.9 (12th)
12.9 (10th)
2010-01-11
3
11.9 (14th)
13.2 (9th)
2010-01-12
4
12.7 (11th)
14.5 (9th)
2010-01-18
5
10.9 (16th)
12.2 (12th)
2010-01-19
6
13.5 (10th)
15.4 (8th)
2010-01-25
7
13.0 (11th)
15.0 (8th)
2010-01-26
8
14.9 (9th)
17.0 (7th)
2010-02-01
9
14.3 (11th)
16.4 (11th)
2010-02-02
10
15.7 (7th)
18.2 (5th)
2010-02-08
11
15.3 (6th)
17.3 (5th)
2010-02-09
12
16.2 (7th)
17.9 (5th)
2010-02-15
13
14.7 (6th)
15.8 (5th)
2010-02-16
14
16.3 (5th)
18.3 (5th)
2010-02-22
15
14.7 (7th)
16.0 (6th)
2010-02-23
16
16.3 (6th)
18.3 (3rd)
2010-03-01
17
19.7 (3rd)
21.6 (2nd)
2010-03-02
18
19.0 (3rd)
20.5 (2nd)
2010-03-08
19
19.9 (1st)
22.3 (1st)
2010-03-09
20
21.5 (1st)
24.2 (1st)
Average
15.2%
17.0%

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