I am a Chef in the Modern Era


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Lin ShuYi was sentenced to death by the traitorous Emperor for a treasonous crime he didn’t commit. Before drinking the poisonous wine on the execution ground, he stared up at the snow falling from the sky and said to himself, “This is for the best, I will be a cook in my next life! I miss roast chicken…”

Then he woke up inside a body of a teenager in an era completely different from his past life. After that, he meets a nice old man who owns a small restaurant. Completely lost in this new modern world, he found that the only thing that would never change, no matter where one lived, was cooking.

Thus he picked up the promise he made to himself, to be a chef in this life.

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Honey B
New Honey B rated it
August 10, 2019
Status: c83
The beginning: drama that kept my eyes glued open 😳

... more>>

The Yang family is no joke. At least the grandpa isn't an a$$hole like the grandson and wife.


The middle: Relationship building, some kissy, a little touchy 🥰 No smut so I was a bit disappointed. Minus 1 star.

I liked getting to know the ML's family.


For them to be rich as f*uck, they're super cool. Even grandpa eventually chills and accepts the relationship


The end... I never got there. It kind of got boring to me. 😴 After the relationship was stabilized, all I read was fluff. I don't mind light hearted stories, but I found myself not giving a d*mn.


I think it's because the MC had a pretty bland personality. Other than being OP and being able to do just about anything, I didn't find him that interesting. The few times he showed interesting traits were too far and few, like the time he shutdown the gay-hating fake reporter at the press conference when he and the ML came out. Other than those rare moments, the ML was far more interesting.


Minus 1 star

And something else that had me irritated


Are you telling me you went from rebirth, being the adopted grandson of a old man you've never met replacing the grandpa's own family, to owning your own restaurant, to being in a fully committed relationship, to meeting the parents, to talking about adopting kids in half a year?! Holy Sh*t! Now that's gold finger!! I admit I like my MC's to be overpowered, but this went waaaaaaaaay too fast.


I won't minus anymore stars cause the translation was decent.

I would have liked a bit more drama or tension, but that's just me. <<less
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New Hweianime rated it
August 10, 2019
Status: c91
This is a very good lighthearted story save for some drama in the mid-beginning ish with the Yang family (it really hit my weak spot and I teared up not gonna lie). I love the couple, the gong isn’t the generic dom type and is very dotingly sweet if quite cheeky.

There are some problems (hence the 4/5 stars) mainly to do with how fast the relationship goes, pretty much from finally confessing to publicly coming out. To be fair, the situation does sort of call for it and it’s not... more>> their fault, plus you can consider it a bit comedic too so it’s easy to let that go. But what I’m not that fond of is how soon they adopt? Like, I’m fairly sure it’s been less than a year, come on. And one of the main points of the story- the restaurant they rebuilt- seems to be put on the back burner even though they’ve only opened for like, a month or two. I mean, dude, the kids are cute af but this is no time in your life to adopt them.

Still, this story is great, it’s starting to drag a little right now but overall it’s sweet, the build up is good, the characters are all pretty rounded and funny - except the Yang family (not the grandpa) who suucks lol. I do recommend this for a read especially if you want a fluffy relationship with a little dash of food to make it even yummier :) <<less
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fuwa.fuwa rated it
May 2, 2019
Status: c71
[Edited comment >> lot of words to diss this story]

In the beginning, it was so fluffy and created 'meng' affection for readers.

But after reading up until ch. 71 I found this story was kind of 'greedy'.

  • First, because after the first arc, the MC and ML just started dating, but shortly after they're like forced to be wed? OR to be exact, because their close relationship (officially not dating yet) is exposed to public through socmed and the ML's family side felt this would harm the goodwill of their name, they wanted to release public statement of their engagement! For like-reason 'no good to play with a maiden's heart'... they're a tycoon and choosing a son-in-law that recklessly? I meant, they never met before making that decision... as readers knew how good the MC, they're as characters didn't know yet.
  • Second, after gain affection from both family side, the couple talked about baby/babies and wanted to have (at least) one!. I doubt it's been a while since they're dating. Beside, the point is their affection and feeling towards each other is not even written that much and well explained, but babies? Is this a het couple or a homo couple? Even het couple do not immediately talk about babies. And why did I catch the babies-talk was because the ML wanted to have s*x with the MC? | of course things happens and cannot be covered in detail, still rather than emphasize the babies-talk, it's better to focus on how trust and feeling is growing stronger day by day for this couple, so readers can understand why this creates 'meng'.
  • Every chapter, up to chapter I've read, there's food on the table. But the proposition of 'air-time' is unbalance in the end. Food only comes as decoration and to let MC gain an awe from the other parties. The title is [I am a Chef in the Modern Era] but the content is not well managed, ends up with no detail cooking narration but a bunch of plot filler that doesn't sit well all together. The good thing is the TL team puts a foodp***. It's better as [I am a Foodie in the Modern Era]
I agree with what iceflecks said about 2D characters
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April 3, 2019
Status: Completed
4.5 for me

Highly recommend

Fluffy bl story

Has many food details (well its obvious with the title)

Its a sweet slice of life story that has a very dramatic start but then lays off in the middle till the end. If you want to soothe your heart after reading a tragic one then u can read this, its also very easy to mtl but of course we must support the translator

Edit: NU wont submit my rating on stars so I can only put it here in the review
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iceflecks rated it
April 5, 2019
Status: Completed
A fluffy BL story that starts off with cooking, but is more about human interactions. The drama that exists in this story isn't for the MC but for side characters, which isn't a bad thing as it has more of a slow paced slice of life feel to it, especially by the last half of the story.

I give it a 4 because the characters felt a bit 2D to me, although I totally recommend this for fluff and readers who want to read about MCs that live a peaceful life.
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Chumchum rated it
May 20, 2019
Status: --
It is cute and fluffy... A good read to relax.

I can't really see MC as a person from ancient times more like a baby chick just hatched
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Umbrosa rated it
May 8, 2019
Status: c37
I'd probably give the story like a 4.5-ish? The story is really cute! A lot of fluff and heartwarming stuff too (since the old man ends up acting as the main characters' grandfather basically). I like the pacing of the story, but the romance part is slow so far. It's very pleasant if you're okay with that! Characters are also pretty well developed and believable.

Also the translation team is awesome! Happily gave it 5 stars because of them! High-quality, daily chapter releases for novels is no easy feat, but Exiled... more>> Rebels are masters at this stuff~ This story should be fully translated probably by... around August? Their team is seriously on top of things, in both their current and previous projects. Also the food pictures they add in are great. Reading might make you hungry, lol. <<less
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speracles rated it
April 2, 2019
Status: c1
Excited to read a combo of several of my favorite genres! BL plus foodie recipes AND transmigration to a modern era? Sign me up! The first chapter already has a great recipe...
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Dewwy rated it
July 30, 2019
Status: c30
Just a quick heads up to the future readers of this novel, if you're looking for a book that is mainly about cooking and food with a peaceful and calm setting, then this is the wrong place for you.

Although this book started out fine, everything steadily went downhill as the story progressed.

... more>>

To be more specific, when the Grandpa's family came into the picture.


As I flipped through the chapters, the story became more of a drama filled novel with cooking as a subplot rather than the main point of the story (even though the main character proclaimed to become a chef in this life).

The story slowly started becoming more and more focused on a whole new topic un-related to food, which makes me wonder about when we'll get to see the main character actually achieving his dream.

Other than the small and deatiled descriptions about the main character's love for food, there really isn't anything else he's doing

other than working in the tiny restaurant


The ML?

Well, he just mysteriously appeared by the main character and never left.

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Nadelyn rated it
July 17, 2019
Status: c104
Nice fluff and slice of life with good foodie content.

But would rate 3.8 because of two reasons:

1) Some shamelessness is good, but ML can be too much of a horn dog most of the times after they get together.

2) They haven't even settled as a couple and their jobs, and suddenly we are thrown into a raising kids novel. Wtf. I haven't ever read something so extremely rushed. ... more>>

They literally adopt and take home a couple of kids they just met that same day. What?


This almost made me drop the novel... <<less
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Pixil rated it
July 6, 2019
Status: c80
The novel is about an official dying and finding himself in his reincarnation in the modern era. The premise is sorta interesting I guess. He doesn't have the memories of his modern reincarnation's body so he has to make sense of the things around him at first. After running out of rice, he helps an old man who owns a restaurant and the story kicks off.

I like the story well enough. The drama doesn't involve him too much but will still make you really angry at the unreasonable characters. The... more>> ML's okay.


He's a rich kid who is capable enough. Not the cold-type lead, but somewhat black-bellied.


He has some good points and at the very least is a bit entertaining to read. I don't quite like the relationship development however. I feel the progression went too fast after the MC realized he loved the ML.


There's one incident in the novel where he becomes jealous of the girl both he and ML treat as a little sister since they were talking for so long. When he noticed that he was jealous even though he shouldn't be, he realizes he loves ML and agrees to a relationship. ML has admitted to liking MC already and was pursuing him till he said yes.

That part's okay, but not too shortly after that, they talk about kids. I know some people actually can come to talk about that early in their relationship, but MC is still new in the relationship, not easy with affection, not even agreeing to consolidating his relationship (mariiage) with ML yet, but absolutely fine with adopting kids with ML? I found that a bit bizarre.


However, the story is quite fluffy and it does bring a smile to my face. I've run out of stuff to read and having this as a saving grace was not the worst thing ever. Certainly worse things to resort to. Overall, I think it best not to take it too seriously and just treat it as a holiday away from the really dark sad stories, at least, after the family drama segment (which is not even all that bad, just make you want to punch something). <<less
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cursebreaker rated it
June 13, 2019
Status: Completed
I thought every chapter would be about cooking but sometimes the food title in the chapter is just a food they ate. Lol. I love this, its a very heart-warming, family-centered novel especially when ML's family is introduced.

ML is shameless at first. Lololol. That's how he won over MC but later, he's more loving and a really really good husband and father (Yes! They adopt an adorable little bun and a sensible little zhengtai) The extras is about ML's brothers own love story~~ Drama is only at the start with Grandpa's family then the rest are happy fluffy moments. Same with the extra, drama is at the start only to explain why ML's brother and his man separated at first and then the rest are chasing (You're more shameless, you win!) and then getting together and their family life (they adopt two little princesses).

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Jemoon rated it
May 26, 2019
Status: --
Recommended ❤️❤️

Really like fluffy and cute story.
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Theo755 rated it
April 8, 2019
Status: c7
i am really glad that exiled-rebels-scanlations chose this. I really am starting to love it as much as LMW.

How I wish I could continue reading the later parts (if written) of LMW.

To sum it up, this novel is really heart soothening.
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Maudy rated it
August 7, 2019
Status: c124
Very much a tasty treat! If you want some calorie free premium dog food from a fantastic tasteful translation group - then this is a choice cut chunk of glorious meat (or vegetable - I'm not biased) ! From the get go, the moment I wait for dearly in any story of transmigration, rebirth, and stories of similar situations, is that moment of truth. Does the MC say the truth/tell their tale... or swallows it, marks of little consequence, of no meaning..?

I cheekily recommend fellow readers to read on, enjoy... more>> the journey, and the question and answer of the moment of truth. I sure did! Hence I am way way way way way past my bedtime. I need to go mug the Sandman for some sleep! Peace out! <<less
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Foxnine rated it
June 25, 2019
Status: c21
I don’t usually write reviews when I’m only so far into the novel. However, it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed not just the MC but the side characters, depth and characterization. This novel is more than just food, even though it makes me hungry. So give this novel a read.
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xxBlackRabbitxx rated it
June 22, 2019
Status: --
Was fun to read then at some point ML just starts on taking advantage of the MC who's a bit of a block head in a sense. Playing the one you like for a fool by creating a misunderstanding and taking advantage of the situation is really a turn off for me. Anyway its a good read if only there's no situations like that I Would like to rate this a 4.5 star. Its just some scenes poke my pet peeves
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Ellie44 rated it
May 15, 2019
Status: c44
First of all. I didnt expect that i'll like this novel. For a slice of life, the plot and the background are really good. The MC is also a little dumb (but understandable since he came from an old era world and transmigratedin earth.) ML is really funny and rougish. He's not the overbearing and typical type of ML. Spoiler

(Yeah he is a second generation rich kid.)

Its a fluffy story with less drama.
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rhianirory rated it
April 19, 2019
Status: c18
sooo hungry! This story makes me feel constantly hungry while reading. I may end up gaining weight just because I keep reaching for food every time my stomach growls and it growls every time they talk about food here, which is several times in every chapter.

i like the MC well enough; he isn't stupid but he is naive and very unworldly, and there's actually a good explanation for once (not from this time period). I'm not usual a fan of naive MCs but so far he's been tolerable because it... more>> would have made less sense for him to suddenly appear in the modern world and know how everything works. The fact that he's a total foodie never fails to crack me up. The ML (i think he's the ML) is still in hiding and we don't know anything about his work, family, life outside of working at Grandpa's and living with the MC. Going by the typical ML template I'm guessing he's probably rich and powerful and comes from old money (the other typical choice being rich, powerful and a high ranked member of a triad/gang/underworld family).

so far this is interesting and never fails to make me hungry for real Chinese food (minus the chicken feet). As for the rest of the story, well, it's still just getting started so its a little hard to judge. Giving it a four for now. <<less
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July 25, 2019
Status: --
It could be because I'm reading this story in English, but there is nothing in the MC that reminds me of a government worker from ancient times. He immediately acts more like a brat with the ML when they meet. It's why I dropped it. Plus, I don't find the relationship between the unrelated widowed old guy and the MC very endearing, because of the little voice in my head that considers every ship possible. So yeah, I just don't like the MC. If he either opened up his own... more>> shop from the get go, acted less like a bratty 12 yo, or any resistance or goals to him transmigrating, I would be interested. <<less
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shouahang58 rated it
July 15, 2019
Status: c109

Love the ML in this novel! He is funny!! He gives a vibe of the funny side character you would see in most Chinese novel.
Note to self: left off on ML's bro coming out to the FAM that he gay, MC and ML just adopted two lil bun.

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July 10, 2019
Status: c98
Oh my gosh, I love this novel to pieces! It's so sweet, so freaking sweet! So much fluff! And yes, all my sentences will end with an exclamation mark! Lin Shuyi & Shen Fu are ❤❤❤❤❤💕😍!

Simple, sweet and the perfect follow up after reading anything dreary! I never expected I'd like this so much, or be so excited to be smothered by so much well-deserved fluff!

Warning: Eat before reading
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