*I was given a copy of Chef’s Kiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Oni Press, Jarrett Melendez and everyone involved in the making of this graphic novel*
Now that college is over, English graduate Ben Cook is on the job hunt looking for something…anything…related to his passion for reading and writing. But interview after interview, hiring committee after hiring committee, Ben soon learns getting the dream job won’t be as easy as he thought. Proofreading? Journalism? Copywriting? Not enough experience. It turns out he doesn’t even have enough experience to be a garbage collector! But when Ben stumbles upon a “Now Hiring—No Experience Necessary” sign outside a restaurant, he jumps at the chance to land his first job. Plus, he can keep looking for a writing job in the meantime. He’s actually not so bad in the kitchen, but he will have to pass a series of cooking tests to prove he’s got the culinary skills to stay on full-time. But it’s only temporary…right?
When Ben begins developing a crush on Liam, one of the other super dreamy chefs at the restaurant, and when he starts ditching his old college friends and his old writing job plans, his career path starts to become much less clear.
Chef’s Kiss was such a fun and fluffy graphic novel, so much so that I didn’t put it down once. I read the entire thing in one sitting and the pages really flew by. Obviously there wasn’t a ton of pages because this is a graphic novel, but it didn’t seem like time was moving whilst reading. I was so engrossed.
The art style is definitely what drew me to Chef’s Kiss and also the promise of delicious looking food. I would go as far to say that it is one of my favourite art styles I’ve ever seen. Every character was distinct and you could really get a feel for who they were just by their appearance.
With that being said I really loved every character. As well as distinct looks they also had very distinct personalities. The main character; Ben’s group of friends were a ton of fun and honestly I would love to see an entire series from them.
Honestly I don’t have anything bad to say about Chef’s Kiss. The storyline was a little wacky at times, but that’s something I really enjoyed about it. Who doesn’t want to read a story about a restaurant where a pig decides if the food is good or not? Absolutely brilliant.
Speaking of the pig, Watson was by far my favourite character. Firstly because he is adorable and secondly because of his hilarious backstory. Which obviously is not made up in the slightest *note my obvious sarcasm*.
My last thought on Chef’s Kiss is how perfectly it encapsulates the experience of just leaving college/university. The journey of Ben looking for a graduate job, and not being sure of what he actually wants to do, is one that will resonate with a lot of young people right now. Myself included.
Basically, Chef’s Kiss is super fun and cute and you need to check it out right now, trust me.
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