A sparrow, or a frog, or maybe even a butterfly (1)>
There are numerous stories about people getting unexpected results from their actions . Like that story about the sparrow that brought back a magical seed after getting healed, or like that saying about how a randomly thrown rock could kill a frog . There were even similar terms like the butterfly effect as well, for example .
Minjoon was in that situation . Was he blessed by the three animals above or something? The recipe he’s decided to publicize ended up bringing on a much bigger result than he’s ever imagined . The TV in front of him was a testament to that fact . A random reporter in the middle of the streets of New York began began her story .
“Jo effect… Pfft . ”
Kaya smirked to herself, causing Minjoon to scratch his head in embarrassment .
“Stop laughing . I didn’t come up with it . ”
“Alright, fine . But you really struck it big this time, didn’t you? It’s even appearing on TV . ”
“Yeah . I still can’t believe it . How’d that happen?”
Things didn’t get this far out of proportion when Akira’s first posted about his dessert . But a while after Minjoon revealed his recipe, a famous singer friend of Chloe’s tried making the dish for herself, and blogged about it .
This was the start of all his misfortunes . All the young fans of the singer started trying out the recipes for themselves, and a few restaurants ended up putting it in their menu . Restaurants all over the place began to follow suite, and… it’s become a fad at this point .
This didn’t just extend to LA, of course . After all, the news anchor was speaking at New York even now . The cafe owner being interviewed through the TV began to speak .
The customers started getting interviewed next . Most of them were young females trying out the dish .
“Do you think they follow the recipe? Especially with the age bit?”
Minjoon trailed off a little after hearing Kaya’s question . The dish was hard to make . Especially for simple cafe owners . It wasn’t like these people could raise the price, either .
“I can only hope . ”
The news was beginning to talk about that topic just now . About if cafes really were following Minjoon’s recipes to a T . About what differences there were between the version in Rose Island and the version outside .
“…Your name is going to be spread around the world just like that?”
“He’s just being optimistic . Who knows?”
“So it’s possible, huh . Hmm… Makes me feel nervous . ”
Kaya grabbed Minjoon’s cheeks playfully .
“You’re not going to cheat on me when you get famous, are you?”
“I would’ve done it already if I was going to . ”
“I’m joking . ”
Kaya turned away with a light laugh . She opened her mouth again after staring at the screen for a bit .
“How does it feel? Good or bad?”
“No reason it’d feel bad . My dish is just getting popular . ”
“But you’re not earning a single penny for it . ”
Minjoon just smiled in response . He put a hand over Kaya’s head .
“I told you, if I wanted money…”
“You would’ve done something other than cooking . I know . I heard you . But it’s still a little annoying . The entire world’s raving about you, and yet here you are . ”
“I like being here like this . Don’t you?”
Minjoon turned to Kaya with a smile . The girl ended up bursting into laughter in defeat .
“Never said I hated it . ”
Thanks to Minjoon’s dish now dubbed the unofficial title of ‘Jo Regianno’, Rose Island ended up going through several different changes . Normally, people would have to choose between five or six different desserts, but nowadays most people opted to go for Jo Regianno .
This ended up filling the restaurant’s walk-in with parmigiano regianno, and most servers ended up expecting customers to order Jo Regianno . After all, more often than not people even ordered extras .
“Nice to meet you, Minjoon . ”
“Likewise . Feels like I’ve seen you for a while, though . ”
The woman on the table smiled . She was Theresa Page, which made the dish take off like it did to begin with . The woman turned to look at Chloe .
“I heard from Chloe about what an amazing person you are . ”
“…I won’t dare ask for specifics . ”
“I think you’d enjoy it, though?”
“Stop it, Theresa! He’s going to get misunderstandings . I didn’t say much, Minjoon . Just talked about your cooking . ”
“Thanks . ”
Minjoon smiled . He turned to Theresa with a curious look .
“Can I ask you something?”
“Of course you can . ”
“What made you want to try my recipe?”
“I like cooking quite a bit . That’s how I got close with Chloe . She just came up one day and told me to try it, so I did . The end . ”
“…That’s a simpler story than I imagined . ”
“It would’ve been weirder if it wasn’t . Would you mind if I asked you something?”
“Of course . ”
“How do you feel?”
It was a simpler question than he imagined . But thinking about the answer made him think for around 20 seconds . By the time Theresa began to feel annoyed, Minjoon had come up with an answer .
“I’m happy . ”
“Did you want something more specific?”
“Not really, but I didn’t expect such a short answer either . ”
“If I want to be more specific… I like it, but I don’t want to let it get to my head . ”
Minjoon tried to stay calm as he talked . He didn’t have to explain much further . Theresa seemed to understand well enough what Minjoon was trying to convey . She was a famous singer herself, after all .
“I wanted to say my thanks to you, Theresa . I got to know what it feels like to be world-famous thanks to you . ”
“Oh? And what’s that feel like?”
“Even better than watching my own son grow up and marry . ”
“Ha, that’s interesting . I want to replay that to my own son if he ever grows up . ”
Minjoon smiled, and turned to Chloe, who smiled back in return .
“Grats . ”
“No need . Thanks to you, too, for cheering me on all the time . ”
“Well, we’re friends, after all . ”
Chloe’s voice was quite calm .
Their conversation ended with Minjoon and Theresa exchanging autographs with each other . But Minjoon couldn’t go back to the kitchen just yet . There were quite a few people outside still waiting to talk to him .
Even famous food critics started speaking to him with a smile on their face as of late . The average customers were much more excited when they spoke with him . “I really love your dish . ” “Do you think the flavor really changes if you don’t use different cheeses?” etc .
By the time their dinners were coming to a close, a man walked up to him with an outstretched hand . Minjoon shook the man’s hand, thinking the man was just another customer in the restaurant .
“Nice to meet you, Minjoon . May I talk to you for a second?”
“Of course you can . I’d love to talk more with my customers . ”
“Ah… Apologies, but I’m not here to speak to you as a customer . ”
This came as a surprise to Minjoon . As he looked at the man with a confused look, the man took out a business card . Minjoon read the card carefully . The man was a manager from a company called Rascoe Bakeries .
“It’d be rude not to introduce myself . I’m Alex Brandon, from Rascoe Bakeries . ”
“Yes, Mr . Alex . What can I do for you?”
“I was incredibly taken aback by Jo Regianno . The real thing is quite different from the ones being sold outside . ”
“Thank you . ”
“I have an offer in mind for you . ”
Alex’s eyes twinkled a little under the light of the restaurant .
“Could you be our model if we start producing Jo Regiannos?”