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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Wǒ zài xiàndài zuò chúzi [měishí]
我在现代做厨子[美食]
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anazianblonde
New anazianblonde
November 27, 2019
Status: Completed
Writing style: 1/1

Character Development:1/1 - MC has a carefree mindset so adapt well with the new world, new life, and new love. The relationship development is fast pace (before I knew it they are adopting children!) with plenty of fluffy moments. Even though the ML is possessive, the MC doesn't care about people so it balance out.

Plot: 1/2 - Lighthearted novel with good relationship development. Interesting concept with a focus on food since that is what the MC is good at. However, as the story developed I felt like the... more>> food description was throw in because it's part of the theme...

Personal interest: 0/1 - about halfway I started to loose interest and skimmed through the rest just to finish it. <<less
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Randombooklover
New Randombooklover rated it
November 14, 2019
Status: c88
It started of well. Fluffy uncomplicated characters/story. The translators did a great job, they added pics of the foods that made my mouth water... and then after chapter 70 I could not follow the plot. It felt more like the author was checking of some list rather than letting the characters mature/evolve naturally. Start dating; check. Get “engaged”, check (and I’m using the term engaged loosely, the family said get married before they even officially started dating and it was like okay). Decide on kids; check. Have a kid (at... more>> his point, they have neither dated for a year nor have gotten married mind you).... Let me remind everyone that the MC is actually 18/19 years old.

I reached chapter 88 and I could not read the next paragraph let alone the next chapter. <<less
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fuwa.fuwa
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 foodporn. 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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Awesome Sauce
Awesome Sauce rated it
August 18, 2019
Status: c108
It's a good story, but I dropped it, and let me tell you why.

The story just from the summary already hooked me in, a reverse transmigration where someone from the ancient era gets put into the modern world and wants to be a chef? Sign me the hell up!
And it seemed like there actually was a plot in this story, Lin Shuyi is a foodie and his journey to become a chef was pretty interesting since it went in a completely different direction that I thought it would take... more>> (i.e. A Kdrama-esque route) but it was interesting. I didn't mind it, and he was still on his way to fulfilling his goal in his new life.

And then, I don't know what happened. I'm legitimately still confused even now.
Spoiler

Everyone's already saying it, they adopted kids. Out of nowhere. Shortly after getting together. Wtf..?

BUT THAT ISN'T THE MAIN REASON I DROPPED IT.

I dropped it, because the story didn't follow it's original path anymore. It completely betrayed its freaking title! Lin Shuyi finally gets his restaurant and I was so excited! Finally, the first step to becoming a chef! But he stops there. At the first step, he stops.
This 19-year old with his new boyfriend-turned (immediately) -fiance, decides to adopt kids, abandons his ambitions altogether, rushes to train his newly-hired novice chef so he can leave his restaurant to him while he raises his kids. Even the grandpa in the beginning is just thrown away to another family.
I. Am. So. Disappointed.

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The story no longer followed what it said it would be about, which is to become a Chef in the modern era. I was so let down, it turned a story that could've potentially be a 4.5 to one I couldn't even finish. (3.5/5) <<less
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TheLadyWhoLikesBoyLove
TheLadyWhoLikesBoyLove
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
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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Umbrosa
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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Honey B
Honey B rated it
August 10, 2019
Status: c83
The beginning: drama that kept my eyes glued open 😳

... more>>
Spoiler

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

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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.

Spoiler

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

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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.

Spoiler

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.

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Minus 1 star

And something else that had me irritated

Spoiler

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.

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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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Dewwy
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>>
Spoiler

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

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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
Spoiler

other than working in the tiny restaurant

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The ML?
Spoiler

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

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Chumchum
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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speracles
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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cursebreaker
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.
Spoiler

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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YoriMei
YoriMei rated it
October 29, 2019
Status: c88
It's a decent story, just so fluffy and happy that it's a bit bland once you get to the middle/end. Basically, an innocent lamb is thrown into the modern world and ends up working at a restaurant while finding a father figure in the old man who owns the restaurant and a lover from the mysterious ML who works there for kinda no reason. It's not that MC is dumb (he knows how to ride a horse, poetry, skilled at drinking) but he mostly comes off as a pure, innocent... more>> 16-18 year old who hasn't been through much but is very hardworking.

Most of the conflict just comes from family issues, and mostly is about money and filial piety. The old man's family is basically trash (except the dad who means well but is passive) and honestly most of the problems stem from the mother who wants money and babies their son (whose a pan ungrateful brat). The problem is that, once that situation is resolved, it loses steam and starts dragging in my opinion. It's still very fluffy, just loses all tension and honestly the side story is much more interesting at that point. <<less
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Staringatastar
Staringatastar rated it
September 22, 2019
Status: Completed
I liked the book, though the beginning more than the end. The chapters with recipes were the best! However, the recipes disappeared towards the end, as did the fun cooking scenes, and the book became much more pure fluff with little plot.

I also thought the author's viewpoints a bit simplistic sometimes, especially some of the assumptions about the US and how easy it was to do things there.
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Nadelyn
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>>
Spoiler

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

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This almost made me drop the novel... <<less
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Pixil
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.

Spoiler

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

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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.

Spoiler

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.

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

Really like fluffy and cute story.
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Theo755
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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OneVoltTen
OneVoltTen rated it
October 1, 2019
Status: c125
This novel is only about 20% chef, 10% yaoi the other 70% is stupid drama about an old guys trash family causing issues which the MC has barely any involvement with.

Then forced marriage with very little character development as the MC barely likes Shen Fu.

I really wanted to like this novel, I would give it 4 star if all the old guys drama was removed but that's 70%+ of the book which is a waste of time.
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Kaylee
Kaylee rated it
September 18, 2019
Status: Completed
I'd give the translator 5star. As usual excellent work from Exile team!

I like cute couples, and no angst story, but I still couldnt take my head to the 'eventually it'll be all gay couple in the family/story' stereotype and an overly perfectly happy ending. Those are just unrealistic.

ML brother story part is just too baffling. If the older brother is gay, or bi, why he is quiet with ML announcement and the way older brother narrates his thinking of MC and ML, you'd think he's just outsider. Then suddenly,... more>> he is insider, got boyfriend before too, like How?? And suddenly the ex bf comes back, and...... just..... too ridiculous.

I dont mind the grandpa and his family problem. In the end, his ungrateful family get what they deserve and grandpa and MC dont even planning revenge.

I'd give it 4star if the food/cooking theme is very prominent in the whole storyline, not only 30% of storyline (70% is on the earliest, abt food, cooking in restaurnt but through the end 30% is just MC cooking for the family and only mention of the dishes type). The word chef in the title is like a clickbait. By the time the restaurant is built, and functioning for few weeks, MC already plans to train his suboridnate to handle the restaurant, for reason I'm lazy to write.

I'd say beside those and the ending, this is a novel you want to read. Several times I laughed at the scenes, and that was enough to make me stay put till the end. <<less
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earlgreyt
earlgreyt rated it
September 12, 2019
Status: Completed
I was a bit disappointed with this novel after the halfway mark (where it definitely derailed as per other reviewers have said). Overall it's a very fluffy, lighthearted read but it definitely started getting boring after the main characters get together. The focus of the novel which originally was on the MC familiarizing himself with the new world and working from a small noodle shop towards owning his own restaurant completely changes into a family-parenting novel.

This is a very slice-of-life type novel and not really related to the MC becoming... more>> a chef. I would have rated everything before them getting together as a 5 star, but everything after... not so much. The tension/anticipation in the story completely evaporated and it was just endless sugar/fluff (which isn't a bad thing) but I honestly almost fell asleep reading the later parts because it just felt like a summary of the character's lives without any further character or relationship development.

I think the story would have gone a bit better if the author had done a bit of time skipping... or just treated everything after as extras instead of part of the main storyline.

Spoiler

The main characters talk about having kids withing like 1-2 months of just starting dating? And pretty much jump right into becoming parents soon after. It's pretty insane how quickly their relationship moved. Not to mention you never get to see any quirks or friction. Everyone "good" in the story is completely perfect and conflict free. All of their tastes 100% match each other and even the 1-year old kid is 100% obedient and good and loveable and never throws a tantrum.

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But ultimately, the problem lies in the story becoming completely static after a certain point. The first half deserves reading! <<less
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