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Genre: Comedy
Starring: Kim Gang-woo, Im Won-hee, Lee Ha-na
Director: Jeon Yoon-soo
Rating: PG

Year Made: 2007




- Trailers
- MTV*
- Highlights*
- Making Of
- Photo Gallery
- Movie Stills
- Kim Gang-woo Singapore Star Tour Photos

* without subtitles




Languages: Korean & Mandarin
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 53 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: InnoF
orm Media




Based on a very popular Manga series "Sik-gaek", Le Grand Chef is an action packed comedy about Sung Chan (Kim Gang-woo), a young Korean chef who has lost his confidence after a terrible incident caused by his food. He is nevertheless been convinced to enter in a national competition, organized to find the true and only heir to the last royal chef of the Chosun Dynasty and inherited his famous knife and restaurant. Le Grand Chef is brimming with thrilling set pieces, broad humor, mouth-watering food and a skillful interweaving of heartfelt back stories.


Honestly, the tantalizing and succulent displays of a wide variety of Korean cuisine got me hooked more than anything else with the exception of the opening scene of a blowfish being decapitated, “Le Grand Chef” is an easy movie to sit through.

Set in contemporary Korea, “Chef” is about finding the true heir to the last royal chef of the Chosun Dynasty who in turn will inherit the historical royal chef’s cooking knife.

The main protagonist is a chef named Sung Chan (played by newcomer Kim Gang-Woo) who is sent to a fictional chef school since young but a freak incident causes him to lose confidence in his culinary skills. With the harassment of a gusty reporter (Lee Ha-na), Sung Chan is convinced to face his rival once again in a national cooking competition to regain his family’s reputation and his own demons.

One thing for sure, I tried to steer clear of those usual weepy, tears-wrenching Korean movies and drama serials which was ironically how a lot of fans were won over in the first place. Fortunately, “chef” plods along without all those mushy scenes if you consider an emotional sequence involving a errr…um..cow!

There are plenty of flashbacks and back stories that will grip you as well. Interestingly, the Korean screenwriters make great use of their past rich history to weave it into the story. For the uninitiated, the Chosun dynasty which ended in 1910 with the invasion of Japan was full of centuries of culture, etiquettes, cuisine and languages which were passed down to today’s society.

It’s apparent to understand why “Le Grand Chef” tops the Korean box-office for weeks, a charming guy liked Kim Gang-Woo (bears a slight resemblance to “Running Wild” actor, Kwon Sang-woo) who knows how to wield a knife and whipped up delicious kimchi soup and barbeque can’t be that bad. I’m saying this in addition to the delightful storyline and the likeable supporting cast.

Lap up the “Le Grand Chef” and walked away feeling sumptuous and satisfied.


This Code 3 DVD consists of trailers, a MTV and a 5 minutes making of special. There’s some photo stills from the leading man’s visit to Singapore and the movie as well.


The Dolby Digital 2.0 transfer is rich enough to support this chef. The dialogue, ambience sound effects such as the cutting of the ingredients, sizzling fire portraying out of the front speakers is excellent. The visual is pretty crisp, the lush shots of the countryside for example is detailed and sharp.




Review by Linus Tee


. Le Grand Chef (Movie Review)

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