Gourmet 4

In the judging room: “I decided.” “So have I.” “Me too.” The judges have reached a decision.

Sung Chan’s clumsiness vs. Min Woo’s ambitiousness vs. Bong Joo’s thoroughness, who will win this round? I bet you it’s Bong Joo. 😉 And the winner is… Bong Joo.

Having seen Sung Chan’s skill and creativity, Jin Soo follows him around and bugs him to be his assistant. He tells her to trouble her little head over the customers, since she is a waitress, and turns to bond with his step-brother. The brothers bond, Bong Joo’s victory keeps him in good humor, they laugh over Sung Chan’s little wetting-the -sheets incident in junior high. Sung Chan is such a big boy. 🙂

The next day, the judges and the candidates go on a hike for the third round of the competition – pheasants. Our big boy runs around trying to catch a pheasant, only to make the herd run away from him faster. But he has fun catching and we have fun watching. After the fun’s over, Chief Oh announces the actual topic of the last round: to make smoked pheasant meat – to recreate the famous but lost recipe that the three judges have tasted but none know how to make. Big headache coming up folks!

In the next few days, if the competitors are awake, they are thinking about pheasants. If they are asleep, then they are dreaming about pheasants. Bong Joo reads 83748329 cook recipes to find ways to make pheasant meat turn out tender. Sung Chan waits for inspiration to hit him while keeping up with the morning exercise. Min Woo simply experiments different cooking methods.

While strolling at night, Bong Joo overhears his father and the other two judge’s conversation. One of the judges asked Chief Oh if the score of the last round turns out to be a tie, what would they do. Then, Chief Oh explains, Sung Chan will inherit the restaurant. He is the greatn-grandson of the royal chief, it’s only right if he ends up taking over the restaurant. Aghast by truth behind the predetermined fair competition, Bong Joo walks up to confront the elders. His father reveals the truth: Sung Chan’s ancestor is the last Royal Chief; Bong Joo’s ancestor is merely the apprentice of the Royal Chief, not the Royal Chief himself. When Sung Chan was little, his genius makes no haste to manifest itself, thus Chief Oh dismissed the consideration of handing the business to this adopted son until that bowl of fish soup. Poor Bong Joo, having had no other goal in life than to inherit the restaurant and become an excellent chief after the age of 15, now has the dream shattered in front of his face. No sane man can take that much of a shock without any outburst of emotion, Bong Joo is the same. He soothes his rippling emotion by speeding. (a little counter intuitive, but almost the only solution to calm an emotionally drenched character, males in particular, in Korean dramas) He didn’t show up to the meeting the following day, which is only about two minutes long, no point in attending anyway. But his absence definitely contributes to Chief Oh’s foul mood.

They say when one door closes, another opens. While Bong Joo visits one of his old friends in order to run away from his problems, a man who has previously offered him an opportunity to compete in an international cooking competition raises the offer once more. He turns the man down a second time.

Back in the kitchen, Sung Chan and Min Woo inquire one of the judges the taste of the mysterious dish. The judge describes the taste without revealing anything, yet Sung Chan is able to deduce a few ingredients base on the description, because being the decedent of a Royal Chief pays off, he has tasted the food cooked by his father when he was little.

Bong Joo finally returns to the restaurant and the competition after a few days of deliberation. Really, all he needs is a little assurance.

The competition is resuming at full speed. So is Min Woo’s devilish plot against Sung Chan. Sadly. His first step is to get Bong Joo on his side against Sung Chan.

Sung Chan sets out to gather material. Half way out, he finds Jin Soo in the car, determined to go ingredients collecting with him. He can’t stop her, so he takes her along, very unwillingly. 🙂 They find the herbs they are looking for and are happily picking leaves and fruits when Jin Soo clumsily falls and sees a snake. She yells out, “Snake, snake!” Sung Chan didn’t take Jin Soo’s fall too seriously at first, but when he hears her yell snake, he rushes to her side, start sucking her leg where the bleed is and frantically decides it’s no use, so he puts her on his back and stumbles down the hill while ranting incessantly how dangerous it was to be bitten by a snake. Jin Soo has no clue how she got from the ground to Sung Chan’s back, so the clueless girl asks, “Who? Who got bitten by the snake?” Sung Chan stops, “Wasn’t it you?” She shakes her head, “No, I yelled when I saw the snake.” “WHAT?” Sung Chan lets go of Jin Soo, letting her fall onto the ground butt first. You know the rest, bickering, bickering, and more bickering. This is what happens when clumsily #1 meets clumsily #2.

So clumsily #1’s assistant is taking out the trash one day when he overhears Min Woo telling Bong Joo his plan – to get rid of Sung Chan’s pheasant before Sung Chan returns and let Bong Joo win the competition, basically without needing to compete with anyone. The exchange is that Min Woo will become the first chief while Bong Joo manages the restaurant (and say goodbye to making delicious, delicious food). If their mischief is ever discovered, Min Woo has already arranged for his assistant to take the blame.

The uneasy eavesdropper stays in the kitchen all night, eagerly awaiting Sung Chan’s return. When Sung Chan returns, he regurgitates the whole scheme, but Sung Chan doesn’t believe him. To confirm what his friend told him, Sung Chan confronts Bong Joo. Bong Joo admits the plan and makes clear that he prevented Min Woo from stealing the pheasant, only because he wants to do something worse than that. While Sung Chan is immobilized in shock, Bong Joo tells him to give up the competition. (Wow, Bong Joo must either have no confidence in himself to give up so early) Aside from dumping the whole you-ruined-my-dream blame onto Sung Chan, Bong Joo tells his step-brother the truth and ends the conversation with, “I would sever any connection with you to win the competition.”

Sung Chan runs out, tears still hanging from his eyes, and dumps all the ingredients he has gathered into the lake like a mad man. We know where his values lean towards.

Then it’s reminiscence after reminiscence of brotherhood and insomnia.

Then Sung Chan gets up and talks to his step-daddy to forfeit the competition, providing no reason but a weakness in character. The father is sad, the son is sad, and I’m sad for not being able to see yummy food any time soon.

Having not seen Sung Chan at the meeting the next morning, Joo Hee sets out to look for him – something she didn’t do when Bong Joo is missing from the meeting. What she comes back, it’s with the shocking news that Sung Chan has left the restaurant.

Been really busy. Like up at 6 am, back at 7 pm kind of busy. Which means, the level of recap quality (q) is inversely proportionals to the degree of fatigue (f) I feel when I sit down to watch and write. (q = 1/f) Of course, when more time (t) is allowed to alter the equation slightly, (q = t/f, t>1), it helps to prevent the quality from sloping downwardly. (And time is always a function of the length of the episode, the internet speed, and my likeness of the particular episode.) The equation applies to recaps, until early August that is.

2 thoughts on “Gourmet 4”

  1. My q = t/f is going to start in late August, lol. Enough time for Iljimae to finish, I think, and then it’ll be lightweight recapping and music posts for me. Ahh, the joys of early retirement. 😀

    The quality is pretty good, and it’s more coherent than mine, goodness knows.

    Psst, it’s great-grandson, not grand-grandson.

    Off to recap Iljimae now.

    All my love,


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