Gourmet Food Supplier

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“In a land far to the east, there exists a strange store that has rejected a three Michelin star rating multiple times.

The prices are expensive. A combo set of soup and egg fried rice costs 288 RMB. Oh, I forgot it also includes a side dish of pickles. Even so, very many people line up to wait.

That place does not accept reservations. It only lets in people who are waiting in line there. Countless people make special trips to line up there. Of course, there’s nowhere to park planes or cars.

Their service is so terrible, the customers have to serve their own dishes and grab their own bowls and chopsticks, and they even have to wipe down their own tables! God, the boss is simply crazy.”

—《 Michelin Gourmet Magazine》

Gourmet Food Supplier average rating 4/5 - 241 user ratings
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美食供应商
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Gourmet of Another World (10)
Omni Genius (4)
God of Cooking (4)
I’m Really a Superstar (2)
Library of Heaven’s Path (2)
Heavenly Farmer (1)

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07/21/17 Qidian International c127c127
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Trane
New Trane rated it
July 6, 2017
Status: c40
It is mostly comedy. 

Taste has no reference and that is probably why it is not well described. It doesn't even make them see illusions (most cooking anime have that)

The boss (protagonist) is really cold to his customers and not complying with their orders and yet they never stop returning.

Been reading nonstop for a while and noticed the hunger, but it is forgotten as I continue to read. Sigh. . . I really want to eat the god tier dishes.   T_T
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13th Echelon
New 13th Echelon rated it
June 28, 2017
Status: c111
It sticks to its premise and it's really interesting because the "system" inside his head is still in initial phase. It's just going to get better and better.

This story is not about the people who eats his dishes or even himself it's about the progress of his power the "Master Chef System".  It's good and ridiculous in a good way because the when the system improves our MC improves his skills too or vice versa. 
But for the best development of characters I still prefer "God of Cooking". It's a... more>> pity that the updates are slow similar to an ant that intends to walk a dozen of miles. <<less
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Felix3D
Felix3D rated it
April 11, 2017
Status: c254
Let me pre-face this review by saying this : It is not a bad experience to read through this story. Being a light-hearted novel does not make it inherently bad.

This has a good concept, but fails in the traditional chinese ways. Speaking as an ABC raised in China, we chinese are... unoriginal. Uninspired. Too reliant on Templates.

There is no human depth to this story. It's the traditional face-smacking story but set with fantastical elements set in modern day. It's not new. It's a simplified, less interesting take on like the... more>> cooking sub-plots found in many other stories, like Omni-Genius (which for sure was published before this one, as this one started its publication in July of 2016. Oh yes, I checked.)

As a face-smacking, Protag-is-a-god-but-beholden-to-the-whims-of-the-system story it's not even as fun as something as vapid as I am Really A Superstar (which can be contrasted with Perfect Superstar for both failing to be a great story for failing in two different reasons, but are passable because they basically complement each other).

Look online and you can find a multitude of stories with the exact same cooking system. I suspect there is an Ur-example of this system somewhere, and judging by how this story doesn't integrate well with the system, this isn't it. This is some sort of re-telling. A re-using of the system, simplified and with a sheen of comedy to distract.

If you are reading this, why not try Gourmet in Another World? Also available on Qidian International, it has the same exact system with the same exact setup with a dog, and a shitty hole in the wall restaurant, and with Egg Fried Rice as the first dish, and also "missions" and special sauces... Set in a Xuanhuan world with other elements like a shitty otaku robo-maid. Huh... interesting no? Same system...

Read it and think about how innovative this kind of story is. There is no human depth to it, no real character development, no real plot development either. There are no setups for overarching

It fails by relying so much on the "System" that it is just a study in that. It's a system. A system for generating money for the author. Small arcs that end in face-smacking so that people pay more to get little bits of catharsis. The kind of story that only works when you update it serially on the web - because reading it all at once sucks. It just feels like nothing. No real emotion, no real development, no real plot.

It's just the soulless Gaming Grind put into the form of Fiction.

But hey, that's what some people want. That's what _I_ want sometimes.

The soap-opera of the Webnovel world. The wind-down game. The popcorn flick you don't pay much attention to. The K-drama that has no substance.

It's like a slice of life anime with no life lessons or morals. And shittier chinese characters that are inherent shitheads. (Sorry, I'm sure every Chinese person knows - person that hates the Chinese the most are other Chinese)

This novel works the best when you're craving that next chapter or two, when you're basically staring at a cake behind the glass, drooling and wondering what will happen, but limited in what you can do to get it. But like eating cake all day, it gets old, and the once-wonderful taste of cake soon becomes bland and tasteless.

There is not enough "spice" in this novel to binge-read it. I cannot say there is no "spice" that adds dimension to the events. And as a story, it is hopelessly padded out. But it's good cake. It's a good read. I'm serious. It's enjoyable reading the reactions and the new twists when they come in.

The most apt comparison I can give is to God of Cooking, another set-in-modern-day Gourmet Cooking cheat novel but written by a Korean. And it has reaction shots. It has a reliance on the System. But there is so much character depth and development. There are so many actual Characters. Not just cardboard cutouts that spew one-liners and reactions to massage the ego of the MC. Actual Characters and Struggle. Actual resolution of plot. Actual motivations deeper than "You're my dealer. I want my drugs [Food]." And that's the most accurate thing I can say. This story is part of a story. If you like only reading the vapid veneer of actual stories, if you like imagining a story in your head more than you like reading a crafted story that challenges you. If you don't like being pushed to feel things outside of your own control. This kind of story is good for you.

It's hard to explain outside of going into "What is literature" and "Is 'Literature' better than any other kinds of written work". But it can be summed up in words I have said before...

"Art Makes you Feel". It's meant to push you to places you haven't been, to places where you've avoided. It's meant to change how you look at things. It's meant to develop you as a person.

This is not Art. This is popcorn fic. This is Tumblr-and-facebook-post style self gratification. This is something written to boost someone's ego. This is written as a fantasy that doesn't do anything.

The most interesting part of this story is the Cooking system and trying to find out what comes next from it. But when that is not really an original thing to this story... what is left? Muted reaction shots that pale in comparison to other "Reaction Novels" (i.e. the Face Smacking ones like I'm Really a Superstar)? Characters that are not really characters because they lack all agency?

I don't know how to describe it.

It's mechanically sound, yet artistically bankrupt. But I still Like it.

I think you will too. And right now, when it's slowly being updated every day, this is the best time to experience it. Though the chapters may be light on development, each one is a good length. To get more enjoyment, probably read every other update or every three updates so you get more plot development and are less likely to feel gypped by only having reactions when you want to see more System interaction. <<less
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Blackrabbit0634
Blackrabbit0634 rated it
May 5, 2017
Status: c72
This is actually good but in my opinion the attitude of the MC kinda irritates me so from my original 4 star rating I'd deduct 1 star...

This is pretty much a battle of the customer against the chef to get what they want.. although at first the attitude of the MC is ok for me but after awhile I feel the same as the customers as I want to punch the MC.. If after chapter 100 and still no improvement to MCs attitude I'd probably drop this..
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Rosver
Rosver rated it
March 4, 2017
Status: --
A very fun story to read. However the MC somewhat makes it a bit less interesting. The MC is just not the right kind of character to carry the premise. He has very little interest in cooking, he barely interacts with the costumers, he doesn't care much about his business and he doesn't do much anything interesting. This becomes very detrimental in chapters that focus on the MC. Those chapters are palatable at best, completely flavorless and bland at worst. He often comes off as an annoyance.

The most fun... more>> you get here comes from the costumers. They are varied, colorful and interesting characters that just brings in the fun. The chapters that centers on those various costumers is where the story the shines the most. However, even then, there is this unfortunate fly on this heavenly fried egg rice, the MC often disrupts the experience with his nasty appeal. I virtually erase his interruptions in my mind.

The concept is really good and you can see it, especially when the story focus on the costumers and their various reactions, but the MC somewhat tarnishes the overall experience. I suggest that you skip the chapters where the MC is the focus for a more wholesome experience. <<less
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SomeSuspiciousGuy
SomeSuspiciousGuy rated it
June 3, 2017
Status: c89
This novel is a bit awkward for me to rate because while i enjoy a lot of parts in it, there are also parts i don't like. Still, not even 100 chapters into the novel so this review is likely going to be a premature one, but i felt the need to air out my opinion somewhere.

First and foremost, if anyone reading this review and is on the fence whether or not to read the novel, I say jump into it. It's pretty well written and a rather funny novel,... more>> with daily releases, which is never a bad thing.

Onto the novel itself, if you've read I'm Really A Superstar then you know what you're getting into, a protagonist with the help of the deus ex machina "The System" and then the plot is afoot. Without going into too much detail regarding the system in fear of turning anyone away from either of the novels, I'll just summarize it as a less talkative/personality-less version of the "kind old grandpa" trope from the xianxia/wuxia genres who gets the protagonist onto the path of the plot. Now, this is the meat of the matter of what i like and dislike about this novel because while I enjoy xianxia a lot, it can sometimes feel as if you're drowning in a sea of cookie cutter villains who looked at the protagonist funny and therefore deserves death. In this sea of despair, filled to the brim with edgy, long-haired bitches, you can sometimes find a small island to catch your breath. To drop all pretense, sometimes what you need in your life isn't more badass main characters punching their way to godhood, but instead a novel about cooking.

I like Gourmet Food Supplier for simple reasons, it's kinda funny and the small goals the novel sets for the main character in the form of acquiring recipes feels very refreshing and a more natural progression compared to xianxia where the general idea of a goal to work towards is "Now that i have taken this crucial step, it means i'm finally ready to take this next step that is a bajillion times harder! Ooooh, tune in next time for the shocking conclusion!".

Now, the reason why I like Gourmet Food Supplier is closely related to why i also dislike it, hence the tentative score of 3/5 and I feel the need to say "Spoiler Alert" because i will be going into specifics which are not particularly important to the story, it still ruined it for me.

Spoiler

The reason why I've stopped reading after chapter 89 is because the stupid food he made in it, "Melt-in-the-mouth-chicken feet" with a stupid rule that says and I quote "Males can order two servings every day and females can only order half a serving. This dish cannot be ordered alone for females." This, to the uninitiated may just seem misogynistic but if you've read enough Chinese novels you probably get what's going on. Now, to explain to the uninitiated what that rule implies, in one word it's "qi".

To briefly explain qi in this context, it's the Chinese mumbo-jumbo idea of women having yin qi and men having yang qi which mutually complement one another and having too much of one is bad, which is why the Melt-in-the-mouth-chicken feet dish has that rule, la di da the customer finally understand that the main character isn't a misogynist and the novel goes on like nothing happened.

It's this casual intrusion of qi that makes me dislike this novel, because while i can find qi and all that comes with it endearing and exciting in xianxia novels, it just feels so forced in this novel as if it's trying to shove it in through your nose. It's also the fact that the author describes the taste of the food as cold(a trait of yin qi), and that women can't stand the cold as well as men can, instead of owning up to that he's described is the basic idea of qi. Perhaps it's an overreaction to dislike the novel for this, but I live in the far north of Norway, where despite being June it's still snow on my lawn. It's this that I don't like, it just comes across to me as misogynistic that women can't dealt with cold as well as men and that that's why the rule is supposed to make sense.

All in all, keep your qi out of my cooking novels.

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Edit: Went over to fix a few typos. <<less
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xianxia_reader
xianxia_reader rated it
June 22, 2017
Status: c106
Verdict at c106 - Skip it. If Emperor domination is father of "word repetition" this is at least the son. 

Lot of reviews claim it is "slow burn" ie slow developing story with some kind of progression. My guess is they haven't read ZeTianJe etc.  This is not true at all. The so-called progression is simply new items being added and exaggerated explanations about recipe items, cooking process and even more exaggerated people's reaction. Then there always description about mundane tasks - alarm ringing, getting up (late or otherwise), preparing food... more>> (or not depending on mood), lined up customers, arguing with sometimes new sometimes old customers. Rinse and repeat.

The other flaw reveals itself when the novel approaches 50+ chapters. Nearly everything has to be accompanied with a sound effect - Du du du du, people walking, zhi ya door opening, ti ti ti, alarm ringing etc. <<less
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siri_que
siri_que rated it
March 25, 2017
Status: c43
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Brief Summary:
MC's deceased parents left him their old restaurant which he decided to rent out to other people since it has been closed for years however a day before he sign the contract for a new tenant to take over, his plans drastically changed after obtaining an amazing game-like system which would help him through his course of becoming a Master Chef.

This novel sure is exciting in a way that it seems that the MC has this mature-man-with-principles attitude when in front of his customers but deep inside... more>> is always grumbling and complaining towards the system (another money lover MC). <<less
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L4
Laksha rated it
February 3, 2017
Status: c17
This is maybe my first review ever. When I saw the synopsis I had to think of my uncle cooking and his restaurant and I thought of my families restaurant.

GFS is a heart-warming little novel. I had to laugh and nearly cry, because it was so fluffy and funny.

My review isn't helpfull at all? Hmm...

... The MC Yuan Zhou recieves a weird cooking system in his brain that teaches him how to cook the best egg fried rice in the whole universe and such a journy of quests or missions... more>> starts for the mc.

You will laugh, I promise!

AND ONLY ONE SERVING PER PERSON AND DISH! <3 XD <<less
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strixflash
strixflash rated it
March 18, 2017
Status: --
One of the best novel out there but please do notice that it's about food and not action so it's unfair to rate it low due to its genre.

The hardest thing about a food novel is to convey the smell and taste of food to readers. The author is successful in that respect. The reactions scenes are really well done (it could rival True Martial World in that aspect).

Do give it chance. You won't regret it.
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Yurika
Iris Lazuli rated it
February 2, 2017
Status: c16
Edit: Story: Yuan Zhou is on the verge of bankruptcy but on the day that he's gonna sell the shop he inherited from his deceased parents, a miracle occurred, as a interdimensional cooking system from a parallel world had chosen him to become it's owner.

Now let's witness as Yuan Zhou made his journey to become the number on the cooking industry. Oh wait let's just watch his day to day life in his restaurant and his interactions with the customers

Tbh the synopsis has just made me lose interest on reading... more>> this novel when I first saw it on NU page. But after I gained the motivation to read this it just simply amazing, I got hooked up immediately(Synopsis didn't give any justice to the novel). It's a light read for me, and there's no chapters that making me feel off or anything. And the system is just making me feel that it's a live entity 'cause it's certainly trolling the MC which is quite funny for me. Oh and for the comedy elements hmmmm still not much momentum for me to give an accurate comment 'bout it. <<less
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rdawv
rdawv rated it
February 2, 2017
Status: c15
Initial impressions, as of c15.

Decent start, if a little aimless. The new, poor owner of a run-down restaurant inexplicably was blessed with a cheat experience system that has arbitrary limitations. Much of the chapters are short and really don't tell the direction of the story. Basically they serve to show the unfavourable first impressions of his customers and their surprised reactions once they have actually tried his fried rice.

Although not spectacular yet (Omni Genius is similar and much more wider in scope), it does make me wonder how the story... more>> would progress after reading the description. <<less
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Skirie
Skirie rated it
February 15, 2017
Status: c23
I am not sure where the story will go, but at the moment it is quote enjoyable to read, but this is not a cooking novel. The name of the novel very well describes what it is about. MC supplies good food and people react to it and although it is fun, but at the same moment it is the biggest problem. MC is just a waiter with the same two lines at the moment and all the fun comes from customers.
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longshot3990
longshot3990 rated it
January 29, 2017
Status: c11
Not at 5 stars so far. Its mostly world building and getting to know the characters right now. Too early to tell but this story has potential.*Bluntly*, it's about a guy who received the "God of Cooking" type system and start his small shop with overpriced food and trying to not let people be suspicious of him. Comedy is in this story but its too early in the story for you to start laughing.
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excelss
excelss rated it
January 28, 2017
Status: v1c11
As of chapter 11, this story is proving to be a nice discovery. It's just starting, so we will see how it develops. This is not one of those crazy battle stories, but something calm and engaging.

It's about a guy who inherits a restaurant after his parents death. A couple years later he gets a "gaming" cooking skill in real life, so he decides to open again the restaurant.

Good story, good characters, I'm eager to see how this continues.
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Vanshearphin
Vanshearphin rated it
May 21, 2017
Status: c83
Shallow character development? System limitation? its not good as God of Cooking? Forget the review around for this novel, and read the genre and tag.. Sometime poeple just read a novel without read the tag and genre, and keep complain about tut and tat.

My review:
This novel is pretty good, for now (ch 80) the story pace is slow but enjoyable, it not complicated and easy to understand. The Mc is a lazy-wozy character, but he keep his words (at least until now). The main thing in this novel is... more>> comedy and fantasy, so if you like some cooking and comedy in one packet. This is yours. <<less
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keima
keima rated it
April 13, 2017
Status: c56
This is a great novel about food/cooking though at first the 'Master Chef System's' was too sudden but I gradually accepted that xD anyway I find the tips of the system funny which adds humor to the story and I like how the MC coldly (?) refuses customers. Overall it's a great story and I'm looking forward on how the story will unfold ^^
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sotobakar
sotobakar rated it
March 31, 2017
Status: c47
Overall a good cooking novel with a good plot and the godlike cooking "system" but , sometimes the system's rules are annoying and right now i can't stand it anymore so yeah if you like cooking and don't care about rules , and just here for the food go for it bro.

Translator is good too
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ampersand
ampersand rated it
March 29, 2017
Status: c37
I seriously underestimated this novel. I should apologise to the author .

This novel is a delight to read. The story has a nice flow to it and you'd be left with a nice feeling after awhile.

I recommend this to everyone who likes a nice slice of life story.
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Johnnycabra
Johnnycabra rated it
March 19, 2017
Status: c38
Really good read. I did not expect much when reading it and gave it a try. It was a really addicting to read. The story starts off like a KN with a game system suddenly installing in the MC's mind. Then it deviates from there as there is no world saving mission or competition against others with the same system. It's just a guy chosen by the system and kinda forced into it by the system.
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Spoiler

the system gave a mission to the MC to open up a shop. Because he had a restaurant in the bottom floor of his inherited building (he's an orphan due to parents dying a few years back), he fixed it up to complete mission. When the mission was complete, the system upgraded his shop to whatever he opened it as (which in his case was a food shop).

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It's different in that the story is told from the MC's perspective and the clients that frequent his shop. It's also like a slice of life read as this story does have a level up system but the system dictates it not him (which is hilarious at MC's expense). This story also makes reference to other works at comedic moments. It reminds me of I'm really a superstar except without the Chinese Beijinger nationalism, can only use the system on food, and no strings of possible harem interaction. <<less
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udonsage
udonsage rated it
March 16, 2017
Status: c38
What makes this web novel great is reading the reactions of the side character to the food the main character serves and the main character's attitude towards them as customers. Furthermore, it's nice seeing the point of view from the side-characters.

Now, if we take a step back, we begin to realize that the downfall of this novel is that the novel calls him a chief but he is only a food assembler. For example, he prepares the ingredients all according to what the system tells him and doesn't experiment at... more>> all with making food. In fact, the reason why the food is so great is not because the main character knows how to cook, rather it is because he knows how to follow a recipe, he use godly cooking appliances, and he uses out of this world food ingredients.

In conclusion, the side character reactions are good enough for me to read this novel and the pacing and writing are good. It is simply the main character being handed everything to him and not learning a thing that is my issue with the novel. I also feel as the chapters go on, he would not grow as a character nor will he have anything truly be an obstacle for him. <<less
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nomnomnom
nomnomnom rated it
March 6, 2017
Status: c38
Wow, this is a great start to another food based novel! Highly recommended. Give it a shot.

This story is just getting started so it is a bit early to judge the MC and character/plot development.

But so far I really like how the food system is unique and OP, while also having many severe limitations to balance it out. The personality of the characters really start to draw you in as you read further.

Granted while it does get a bit repetitive this can be typical of a slow starting Chinese novel... more>> in order to build up the story. I have been searching and waiting for something like this story! A must read for foodies. <<less
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