Kitchen Scholar- A Review
Posted on November 11, 2012
The girl group Olives got it right when they sang “Wow wow wow” for Panyachon Kon Krua, also known as the Kitchen Scholar. This twelve-episode lakorn creeped up the end of the year, surprising the critics and knocking the rest of the airing lakorn thus far, from its podium. Unexpected, pleasantly surprising and effortlessly beautiful, Thong production- namely Anne Thongprasom- and her beloved pair, Mark Prin and Kimberly Voltemas simply knock this one out of the park.
The premise of the story surrounds Amika (Kimberly Voltemas) who is the daughter of a Governor of Chiang Mai in her last year of a performing arts university, trying to win a scriptwriting contest that will earn her a fellowship to study in New York. Our girl starts out with aspirations and naiveté, thinking that impersonating a maid ought to inspire her to write a compelling story. She is driven to prove her competitor Apichet wrong, and achieve her dream. It is a simple plot filled with comedic relief, yet managed to successfully tug at the heart. Amika as Cha-aim not only learns the intricacies of being a maid, but she also learns valuable lessons about life, family and love. Oh, especially love.
Amika is dating Pongtape in the onset of this drama. She thinks that because he is such continuity in her life, she thinks she is in love with him. That is until she meets the handsome Mr. Waret (Mr. Tum), the secretary to the minister, who challenges her every step of the way. And through his keen eyes and kind heart, she learns to differentiate the depth of love and that even though love can give you a poor disposition; it makes you look at things differently. And priority shifts. Amika discovers that achieving the fellowship award is not the end all anymore, because the experience she gained from being a maid has taught her and given her so much more.
This lakorn may not inspire deep analysis of character or plot, nor do we have despicable, true villains. But each character goes through their own character arch, learn poignant lessons and is forever changed because of it. I’ve grown to adore every character, especially our leads, who not only fill my days with happiness and smiles, they warm my heart too. It’s not an easy feat, that. As a viewer, I’ve gone through my arch with them- not only was I skeptical about this pairing to begin with, I didn’t think that this remake could be improved- and boy have they changed my mind. I’ve come to respect the talents of Kimberly and her infectious chemistry with Mark. I don’t believe I’ve crushed on an on screen sweetheart this badly before!
What I found so fascinating with this couple is that their love is not based off of revenge or hate or even spite. Their love is innocent and developed over a believable span of time based off of the debacles and experiences that they’ve shared together. Like Amika confesses to Mr. Tum in the end, even though she may have lied to him about her identity, she has always been sincere with him. Mr. Tum has loved her the moment he has seen her, even though he didn’t know who she was. No matter the person or name she takes on afterward, he is still drawn to her. His love is not that of possession or control, but one of honesty and trust. That is all he asks of her and that is why it breaks his heart to be refused of honesty from her. The barrier that kept them from being together isn’t really outside factors like villains, mothers or even prospective significant others- but themselves. And only until they have come to terms with who they are, will they finally accept each other’s love. They have their flaws but their strengths severely outweigh it.
Another aspect that this lakorn does so well is the significant screen time with our leads. There aren’t a lot of subplots that don’t revolve around them. And with a meager twelve episodes, that is very much appreciated. Not to mention the fast-paced and funny dialogue. We are able to get to know the myriad of characters and drool after the many memorable scenes of our leads. It is the type of lakorn that you can watch over and over again.
So I’m choosing to enjoy and remember this lakorn for what it is. Which is simply, wow wow wow.
- First Impression | Overthinking
- Ep 1 | Ep 2 | Ep 3 | Ep 4 | Ep 5 | Ep 6 | Ep 7 | Ponderings Ep 8-9 | Ep 10 | Ep 11 | Ep 12 Finale
- Cast of character at Asianfuse
Thank you for venturing on this wonderfully, memorable ride with me 🙂
Tagged: Kimberly Voltemas, Mark Prin, Panyachon Kon Krua
in 2012 i just watched this lakorn after 3 num, its really a long time for me, so when i saw some clip cut of them on youtube in 3 first ep, wow its just blow me away. I never seen Kim acting like that before and Mark really handsome, especially the sense in kitchen when Khun.Tum help Cha Aem for Aon birthday, that moment i think i feel the pink sparkle all over around them like i saw from KA, AA, YD, RC. So i decided watch the whole 6 eps, i just enjoy it so much, it s really refreshing, adorable like the lakorn of KA – Love recipe, man i love this the most out of 5 lakorn KA have together.
Now, i just feel sad and boring because i dont have thing to wait on weekend anymore.
Thank you so much.
I am curious, what is RC? I can relate to the sadness of KS ending. Will have to rewatch this lakorn AND find a new obsession!
I mean Rome and Chompoo, i dont like Miateang but i really like them.
I’m with you Fia on this lakorn, just wow wow wow. I was never really a fan of Kim or Mark but I am adore Ann & after this lakorn I will say I am a MK fan now lol this lakorn surprise me so much & everything with the story line, the pace, the chemistry was right on point. I will remember this lakorn for a while & will come back to watch it when I want a good laugh & some be smitten by Mark & Kim character again hehe btw thanks for the quick recap, us non-thai speaker really appreciate it 🙂
I remember your post about “the beginning, the middle and the ending.” For me one of the main issues why this lakorn is so extraordinary good is that Anne and her director managed to keep the high quality, the fun, the pace and the reasonable character and plot development from the funny beginning through the interesting middle to a fantastic end. Other good lakorns failed in one of these parts, e.g. MGD.
I liked that the pa’ek was not mad about nang’ek’s lies when he found out that she is a student and not a maid or even worse a thieve. It was understandable that he was mad when he found out that she is the daughter of Chiang Mai’s governor. But still he was not unreasonably mad. Kim proved me this time that she can be versatile after having the more calm and mature roles her funny Cha-Aem was very convincing. I always liked her but now I’m really looking forward to her future projects.
Thank you for your detailed recaps, they were a delight to read until the subs come out. I was so happy I caught this show early and watched it live. M and K had great chemistry and the story actually made their chemistry burn brighter with all of the great moments between them. I had a big smile every time they were on screen together. Great cast and characters. Can’t wait until your next project.
Thanks so much everyone (hoatrucca4u, Sophorn, tobepof, Tuyah and Ki) for leaving your two cents. I always appreciate reading what you have to say. It has been such a pleasure recapping this series, especially conversing with you. It is safe to say that we’ve all been very immersed with Mr. Tum and Cha-aim! This lakorn could not have started or ended as well as it did. Lol @ Tuyah, thanks for reading the beginning/middle/ending article I wrote awhile back. And yes indeed, this is one of those lakorns that will make it to our list!
I hope you guys continue to follow my next project- and please feel free to request any lakorns you’d like recapped (go ahead and submit it under ‘current’ or ‘future’ project tabs.) I’m always curious to learn what people are wanting to read about. Again thanks and we shall inject ourselves with a new obsession, while of course, reserving Kitchen Scholar deep within our hearts 🙂
I love this lakorn. I have to agree with you that I am surprise of Kimberley’s acting. I believe that a lot of people when they heard she was going to be the nang’ek. They all thought that she wasn’t going to be able to portray it. And I admit that I am one of those people. Ha. When I heard she was going to be the nang’ek I was happy because she and Mark are going to be the pra’ek and nang’ek.(Love them both in 3nnt) At the same time, I worried that her acting will not come out good because of her previous lakorns. I thought that her acting wasn’t that good. But when this first came out.Oh boy, did she prove me wrong! She was good at it. I can actually watch and enjoy it without questioning about her acting. I’m becoming more of a fans.Hahaha. Now I won’t forget to mention about my cute,handsome Mark.hehehe.. I love this guy. Even though, his acting isn’t that good,but he sure is improving. He have improve so much in this lakorn,and I Love it. Just seeing him improving in every lakorn of his. 😀 One after another. He is also very HANDSOME in here. I think that Mark and Kim chemistry in here is just GREAT! Love it. I Lol and smile throughout this whole lakorn. GG and the Pong guy is also so cute. I just love everything about this lakorn. One of the best lakorn of 2012! 🙂 <—- Big Smile!
Also,Thank You for recapping this lakorn.
Ooh, I do agree. To me, it is the best lakorn of 2012 (so far anyway heeh.) Which only means that we would need other lakorns to top that in the next month or so. The bar has been raised and as viewers, we can only benefit from that!
Is RC, Rome & Chompoo? THANK YOU, FIA. I’ll have to go back & read all your summaries. I thoroughly enjoyed the ones I have read so far. I appreciate all your insights.