Published at 22nd of November 2020 12:45:24 PM
“What? Are you going to make Rose Island a Grand Chef house? You and Anderson are already working there, and that’s enough . Then, are you going to join me? You don’t have a position for me . And you have lots of demi chefs,” Kaya said .
“That’s right . But Rachel wants to create a position if you are really interested . Maybe she might be kidding . ”
“Hey . ”
As if she was displeased, she raised her finger with an awkward smile and said, “Let’s be clear . Just because I like you and live with you, it doesn’t mean that you have to think about my career only from your point of view . And that’s the same for you . When I decide where to work, it’s because there’s a good system or condition like that . If you think I can move to Rose Island just because you are there, you are childish . Don’t put me in a difficult situation . ”
“Why do you think I’m childish?”
“Well, you don’t look mature if you think like that . We’re not married yet . We’re still dating . If I have to move to Rose Island because you’re my boyfriend… Hey, you have to distinguish between public and private matters . ”
“Yeah, no objection . I agree . ”
Since she hit the nail on the head, he had nothing to say . When he responded with a slightly subdued voice, she lifted her toes and pinched his thigh .
He frowned, saying annoyingly, “What are you doing?”
“Yeah . If you don’t like it, just frown like that instead of hiding your feelings . ”
“What do you mean?”
“You’re upset because you know I don’t want to work with you, right?”
“I’m a man . I’m not upset because of that . ”
She smiled at his stiff reply .
He said angrily, “Damn it!”
The next day, Jefferson came to meet Min-joon . Actually, Min-joon almost completely forgot about the contract about Cho Reggiano when Jefferson came back with a sample and presented it to him .
“How about it, Min-joon?” Jefferson said confidently as if he was quite optimistic about the sample . Instead of replying, Min-joon slowly put down the spoon . He wiped his mouth with a napkin and shook his head slowly . Unfortunately, he could not give it a pass .
“Nope, this is not enough . ”
“Oh, I see…”
Since he came to see Min-joon with great expectations, he was deeply disappointed .
His face immediately turned gloomy, which Min-joon felt was pretty cute for his age .
Min-joon said, feeling sorry for him, “But it’s improved a lot . At least, I can see that you’re using the ingredients of the recipe as instructed . ”
“Since I know you have a perfect palate, how can I deceive you?”
“The biggest problem here is that air and foam will eventually break no matter how well you store them . In this case…”
Min-joon paused for a moment and looked at him . Jefferson had been cooperative, but Min-joon felt a bit sorry to say something like this .
“It’s going to get a little more complicated, but why don’t you change the way you are doing now?”
“You mean the cooking method?”
“Since you can’t include a siphon for it, you might want to put the ingredients in foam material, so the customers can make it by themselves . You can sell other stuff as finished products . ”
Ramen noodles are already there when they’re on sale, but the consumers should put soup and flakes to boil ramen again . Min-joon thought it might be better if the customers could create the right taste by making a little extra effort . However, it wasn’t easy for him to propose it to Jefferson because it would mean the latter would have to change much of the process that he had been familiar with .
It was not unreasonable that Jefferson’s face stiffened at that moment . But Min-joon did not push him . In his mind, he thought it was a fairly unreasonable proposal .
But when Jefferson opened his mouth again, he said something unexpected, “Would it taste better if I change the cooking method?”
“Can you accept my recommendation?”
“Since you recommended it, I definitely should accept it because I know it’s better . ”
“Isn’t it normal that you should convene a meeting with your staff before making the decision? Besides, you have to think of the budget issue…”
“Well, I would lose more money by being obsessed with such trivial things, so it’s better for me to do it right even if I spend more money now . ’
Min-joon smiled at him . Although he didn’t know much about business, he liked Jefferson’s flexible attitude .
Min-joon said in a soft voice, “It looks like you are quite different from ordinary businessmen . ”
“Do you think so?”
“As you know, businessmen typically would like to make products first to sell . What’s your purpose? Business? Or do you want to make a lot of delicious food more available for the public?”
“Well, we can’t pick the right answer easily in our daily affairs . And you never know people’s minds . I am not that simplistic of a person . Of course, I want to succeed in business . I want to serve the people a little more delicious food . And my biggest dream is to not have any regrets when I look back later . Something like, ‘I wish I had done it properly back then . ’ Got it?”
“Yeah, I think you can do it because you’re a good person . I haven’t seen you for a long time, but I can still feel it,” Min-joon said with a smile .
Jefferson smiled broadly, shrugging .
“If a woman said that to me, I would think she might be trying to seduce me . Well, I’m sorry . ”
“Okay, that’s enough . So, how long would it take if you changed the process?”
“If I get it done quickly, I can do it in a month . I know Cho Reggiano is in high demand, so I would like to move a little fast and establish my bakery as soon as possible . By the way, how about the restaurant . I heard the news that it was burned . ”
“Well, I can’t say that we’re in good shape . But we’re not in the worst situation . It’s not a restaurant, but the chef that is doing the cooking . We are alright, so over time, we will go back to normal . ”
“It seems like things keep happening to you all the time . ”
Min-joon was not sure if Jefferson was teasing or admiring him now . His shoulders drooped at his mysterious remarks . Looking back, he felt he was exhausted this year, including those events such as the Grand Chef Competition, the Hunger Trip, and the episodes about Rose Island .
“I can’t see Min-joon . ”
Havier looked around and muttered in a confused voice .
Janet opened her mouth in a calm voice .
“You said he was going to the factory today to check out Cho Reggiano . ”
“Did I? Oh, I want to visit the factory for that kind of stuff . When can I become famous like him?”
“If you want to become famous, you should have attended the Grand Chef Competition from the beginning instead of coming here . Then you might have become as famous as him . ”
Janet lifted her finger and pointed at Anderson, sitting loftily on one bench .
He looked at Janet, frowning, and said, “If you’re going to argue with me, just stop it . I don’t feel like it . ”
“I’m not going to pick a fight with you, man . By the way, do you have any particular mood for it?”
“No, nothing . Just shut up and just enjoy talking with Havier . ”
“Why are you feeling so blue? It seems you always feel under the weather when Min-joon is into something . Then you pretend nothing has happened when he comes back . I don’t like your attitude like that . ”
With her arms folded, Janet glanced down at him coldly . When Anderson stared at her with an angry expression, Havier smiled awkwardly and stepped back . It seemed that they were mad at each other . He once tried to mediate between them, but he realized it’s just useless to do so . He turned, leaving them behind .
When Havier disappeared, Anderson growled in a low voice, “What the heck did you want to say to me a little while ago?”
“What do you mean?”
“Do you mean I’m jealous of Min-joon?”
“You don’t want to deny that, do you?” Janet coldly snapped, looking down .
He stood up and approached her, saying, with his eyes filled with anger, “I’m his friend . ”
“That’s not the reason you can’t feel jealous of him . Rather, that can make you more jealous . ”
“That’s enough . Let’s stop talking . I don’t know why I’m talking with you about this . ”
“You know what? I’m jealous, too,” Janet mumbled to herself the moment Anderson was about to walk away from her .
He stopped . Without moving at all on the spot, he turned his toes slightly toward her .
She also turned her head to look in the direction he moved, she said with a slightly trembling voice, “I’m jealous of Min-joon . You know he’s so successful that we can’t believe it . I think I can do as well as him, but at the end of the day, I’m a loser . It’s abnormal I can’t feel jealous in a situation like this . ”
“What do you want to say?”
“Just feel jealous . If it’s hard, tell him it’s hard for you . Don’t try to play the main character of a tragedy alone . You are so dumb if you try to . ”
Anderson seemed to be dumbfounded rather than angry at her harsh response .
Laughing in frustration, he now turned to Janet .
“Are you comforting me now?”
“No . I’m swearing at you because you pretend not to feel hurt . ”
“Then, I don’t have to say thank you . ”
“Yeah, don’t do it . ”
Janet responded cynically and sat on the bench where he stood up .
It was the moment he was going to say something to her when several large trucks began to approach the vacant lot with a big noise, where they were standing . It wasn’t just an ordinary truck . It was a food truck . A familiar face was soon stuck out from the truck . It was Raphael .
“I guess everyone is here . What’s wrong with you guys?” Raphael asked .
“Sous chef, what the heck is all this?”
“Well, this is a means of transportation . ”
“It’s not just a truck . It looks like a food truck . ”
“Well, a chef should be able to cook anytime, anywhere, right?” Raphael responded casually .
Both Anderson and Janet sighed at the same time . Food trucks were romantic for the cooks, but considering the reality, it was a really tough job for any chef . In Anderson’s case, he knew how hard it was, from his experience in Grand Chef .
“What is your exact plan?”
“Simple . ”
It was Rachel who answered . As she got out of the food truck’s passenger seat, she looked at them and said in a calm voice, “We are going to tour Rose Island branches across the country, starting off with the ones near the Los Angeles area . At the same time, we’re planning to cook here on our food truck . ”
“Oh, you are going to make street food?”
“What you make on the street is street food . But if you ask if we’re going to make simple dishes like sandwiches only, that’s not true . The cooking section will still be divided . And you guys have to cook like you normally do in a restaurant . Of course, it may be a bit different . ”
“Does it make sense? No matter how differently you call it, this is a food truck . ”
“We have the equipment and the ingredients . There is nothing impossible . What matters is how much you can perform as usual . Are you not confident?”
When she asked, nobody could answer easily . Right at that moment, Min-joon came, driving a van with a loud engine noise . He got out of the van and looked at her with a blank expression .
“Is this the very situation I am thinking of now?”
“Maybe . How do you like it? Like it? No?”
A smile spread on his face .
“I definitely like it . When do we start? Starting today?”
His reaction was quite a contrast to the others .
Watching Rachel smiling brightly in satisfaction, Jane whispered, “Min-joon, damn workaholic!”