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Japanese "Gurume Doramas" (gourmet TV dramas) - what others are out there?

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Japanese "Gurume Doramas" (gourmet TV dramas) - what others are out there?

cgfan | | Oct 25, 2006 01:57 AM

I've been getting hooked watching the Japanese Gurume Doramas, and would like to discover more of them.

What I find so fascinating is their generally serious take on the culinary aspects of their narrative, with what appears to be a relatively close attention to accuracy and detail. The non-dramatic content seems to approach at times almost documentary levels. And as so many of these are being fan-subbed (volunteer subtitling by fans) and available on the Internet, they can reach an audience much broader than their original one.

So what "Gurume Doramas" have you seen or can identify? Which ones are your favorites? The ones on my list are just the one's that I've managed to see, and so should be easy to add on to.

* Shota no Sushi (sushi) - ingredient selection, and sushi trivia, technique, and training

* Antique (desserts)

* My Little Chef (French) - the creative side of cooking, a chef that can quickly create a unique meal for each guest

* Oishii Kankei [On Matters Delicious] (French, especially consomme)

* Oosama no Resutoran [King's Restaurant] (French) - service, operations, menu development

* Otousan [Father] (soba) - this one does not concentrate on the food, but takes place largely at a teuchi (handmade) soba shop

* Gachinko Ramen Do (ramen) - not really a Dorama, but a Japanese reality show; sort of like Hell's Kitchen on ramen

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