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Watch things start to really heat up in the kitchen in this sweet, queer, new adult 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 eas Watch things start to really heat up in the kitchen in this sweet, queer, new adult 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. 


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Watch things start to really heat up in the kitchen in this sweet, queer, new adult 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 eas Watch things start to really heat up in the kitchen in this sweet, queer, new adult 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. 

30 review for Chef's Kiss

  1. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Oh my heart, this was SO FREAKING CUTE and I was so invested in these characters! Ben is absolutely the softest, most precious little bean, and I loved his friends, too. The entire cast of characters at the restaurant were delightful, whether it's Emi's weirdness or Liam's general perfection or Chef Davis' hilarious banter, yelling, and stories about Watson. And can we talk for a moment about how cute Watson the Taste-Testing Pig is?! Seriously, this was one of the cutest, most wholesome graphic Oh my heart, this was SO FREAKING CUTE and I was so invested in these characters! Ben is absolutely the softest, most precious little bean, and I loved his friends, too. The entire cast of characters at the restaurant were delightful, whether it's Emi's weirdness or Liam's general perfection or Chef Davis' hilarious banter, yelling, and stories about Watson. And can we talk for a moment about how cute Watson the Taste-Testing Pig is?! Seriously, this was one of the cutest, most wholesome graphic novels I've read in a while, and the characters and story sucked me in so fully that I was genuinely on the edge of my seat during the big "tense moment" near the end (will he/won't he? if you've read this, you know!). I'm going to need a finished copy of this cutie for my shelves because this strikes me as the kind of funny, feel-good queer rom-com I'm gonna reach for time and time again. ✨ Representation: Ben and Liam are both gay, there are multiple BIPOC side characters ✨ Content warnings for: (view spoiler)[vague homophobia from parents, pressure & guilt trips from overbearing parents, stress about unemployment (hide spoiler)] Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review! ——— twitter | booktok | bookstagram | blog

  2. 4 out of 5

    aarya

    I feel conflicted. I liked Ben a lot, but the head chef’s workplace dynamics felt downright abusive/toxic. Then suddenly he’s nice and supportive toward the end, after Ben has proven his cooking chops to him (but not in the beginning, when he was a nobody). I don’t know. Is working at this restaurant a happy outcome that I’m supposed to root for? I know professional kitchens can have toxic dynamics, but wow. Some sections that were supposed to be “cute” came off as mean/unforgivable. Disclaimer: I feel conflicted. I liked Ben a lot, but the head chef’s workplace dynamics felt downright abusive/toxic. Then suddenly he’s nice and supportive toward the end, after Ben has proven his cooking chops to him (but not in the beginning, when he was a nobody). I don’t know. Is working at this restaurant a happy outcome that I’m supposed to root for? I know professional kitchens can have toxic dynamics, but wow. Some sections that were supposed to be “cute” came off as mean/unforgivable. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shannara

    I really enjoyed this one! It took me a minute to get into it because of the compact style. There was a lot of info thrown out there in quick succession and I needed a bit to get used to that. But once I got into the rhythm, it was so cute!!! I especially loved Watson the pig. He was soooo adorable and I just want to smoosh his cutesy little face!!! Ben was a sweet character and I’m glad he grew a lot in the book. While Watson is my favorite, I have a soft spot in my heart for Ben too. He’s easy I really enjoyed this one! It took me a minute to get into it because of the compact style. There was a lot of info thrown out there in quick succession and I needed a bit to get used to that. But once I got into the rhythm, it was so cute!!! I especially loved Watson the pig. He was soooo adorable and I just want to smoosh his cutesy little face!!! Ben was a sweet character and I’m glad he grew a lot in the book. While Watson is my favorite, I have a soft spot in my heart for Ben too. He’s easy to relate to. And I love how he gets so nervous around Liam!! He’s such a cinnamon roll!!! Basically all the characters are fun and add to the story. Even Chef with his abrasiveness. The plot was super adorbs and I thought it was unique too. I see a lot of graphic novels with the same romance plot over and over, which is honestly a comfort sometimes, but it’s nice to have a new storyline to read. I recommend this to those who like funny graphic novels and a little lgbtqia+ romance. Thanks so much to NetGalley, Oni Press, and Jarret Melendez for the opportunity to read this for my honest and unbiased opinion!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amber J

    Food and romance, this book made me swoon. Fresh out of school, Ben is ready to start his writing career. The only problem is that nobody will hire him without some experience. When he finds a sign outside of a restaurant that is hiring he heads inside. Hot supervisor, weird boss, and pig with great food taste ahead. Only it turns out to be more than a filler job. He loves what he's doing there. Now he has to figure out who he is and what he wants to do with his life. OMG! I am so in love with so Food and romance, this book made me swoon. Fresh out of school, Ben is ready to start his writing career. The only problem is that nobody will hire him without some experience. When he finds a sign outside of a restaurant that is hiring he heads inside. Hot supervisor, weird boss, and pig with great food taste ahead. Only it turns out to be more than a filler job. He loves what he's doing there. Now he has to figure out who he is and what he wants to do with his life. OMG! I am so in love with so much in this book. It has so many of my favorite things. Books, cooking, gay romance. The MC is super adorable and the love interest is seriously yummy. Making the couple easy to ship. There are references to books that pretty much any reader knows at least a few. And there is FOOD. My secondary passion, outside of reading, is cooking. I love food and I love to cook. This book made me hungry and made me want to waste time recipe browsing. I already waste far too much time doing this. Whether from the food or the romance, this is a seriously swoon-worthy book. Now for what I didn't like about this book..........That's right, I got nothing. The story and the art were utterly enchanting. I highly recommend this to all romance lovers. Especially if you like MM romance. I would say ages 16+ due to some vague references to a particular drug paraphernalia. I received an ARC copy of this book through Netgalley. This does not in any way influence my honest opinion or review. Find this review and others on my blog: https://darklittomes.wordpress.com/ Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darklittomes/

  5. 5 out of 5

    alyssa

    [3.5] first and foremost, THE ART STYLE AND COLORS Y’ALL 👩🏻‍🍳👌 as someone who can barely draw a stick figure with equal proportions, i was in a constant state of slack-jawed awe while reading this. everyone’s character design was on point, Ben’s blushes were adorable, and Liz was a literal goddess 😳 and yes, there’s plenty of food p0rn, so don’t be like me and start this in the dead of night or you will fall victim to the midnight munchies 😈 what i really liked about this graphic novel was how it [3.5] first and foremost, THE ART STYLE AND COLORS Y’ALL 👩🏻‍🍳👌 as someone who can barely draw a stick figure with equal proportions, i was in a constant state of slack-jawed awe while reading this. everyone’s character design was on point, Ben’s blushes were adorable, and Liz was a literal goddess 😳 and yes, there’s plenty of food p0rn, so don’t be like me and start this in the dead of night or you will fall victim to the midnight munchies 😈 what i really liked about this graphic novel was how it captured the struggles of new grads trapped in the cursed entry-level catch-22 (because we all know expectations in the job market are always perfectly reasonable 😔), while simultaneously being bombarded with money concerns, pressures from family, etc. the stress is paralyzing and demoralizing, and i absolutely felt for Ben here. the rest of the story includes plot points that will require you to suspend your disbelief—and i mean a taste-testing pig whose word is final and a head chef bordering on Gordon Ramsay levels of “idiot sandwich” harassment when the help wanted sign clearly said “no experience needed” 🤣—and whether you’re able to successfully do so will either enhance or mar your reading experience. expecting a more OTT rom-com style should help! i will say what mainly had me hesitating between 3 and 4 stars was the fact that the romance left me wanting. Ben’s love interest Liam was incredibly supportive and understanding throughout, but apart from that and the sweet meaning behind his tattoo sleeve, i really didn’t know much about him as a person. i wish we got more of the two of them and less of the cooking trials, but alas, that is my romantic side speaking. Ben’s friend group was also a hoot, though i won’t say i expected the inclusion of the token anime-lover friend using “senpai” in conversation 😂 Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laynie Rose

    Chef's Kiss is, quite literally, the chef's kiss. It was easily relatable to me as a queer twenty-something who was directionless post college, and then fell into a job that brought me more joy than I knew was possible. It was deeply refreshing to see someone my age dealing with silly roommates, sweet crushes, fights with best friends, drowning in parental expectations, figuring out where you want to go in life, and still getting that happily ever after. This silly, sweet, and sincere new adult Chef's Kiss is, quite literally, the chef's kiss. It was easily relatable to me as a queer twenty-something who was directionless post college, and then fell into a job that brought me more joy than I knew was possible. It was deeply refreshing to see someone my age dealing with silly roommates, sweet crushes, fights with best friends, drowning in parental expectations, figuring out where you want to go in life, and still getting that happily ever after. This silly, sweet, and sincere new adult comic is exactly everything I've been waiting for. I couldn't have loved it more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    This was the cutest fucking thing! The artwork! The friendship dynamics! The humor! WATSON! That slow-burn romance! Ah! I need 100 more pages. It's just the perfect sweet new adult graphic novel. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review This was the cutest fucking thing! The artwork! The friendship dynamics! The humor! WATSON! That slow-burn romance! Ah! I need 100 more pages. It's just the perfect sweet new adult graphic novel. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hina

    I absolutely loved this sweet story! It's a charming and quick read with some very deep points about deciding your future for yourself and not comparing your progress to others that I really appreciated. I absolutely loved the art in this graphic novel too!. The illustrations are lovely, the overall color palette is great, and the art just adds so much warmth and loveliness to the story. I would wholeheartedly recommend this, especially if you're looking for something short and sweet! I absolutely loved this sweet story! It's a charming and quick read with some very deep points about deciding your future for yourself and not comparing your progress to others that I really appreciated. I absolutely loved the art in this graphic novel too!. The illustrations are lovely, the overall color palette is great, and the art just adds so much warmth and loveliness to the story. I would wholeheartedly recommend this, especially if you're looking for something short and sweet!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    SWEET, CUTE AND FUNNY I got pretty much everything I was expecting with this comic - I got some good laughs, a lighthearted story with some deeper issues and a sweet LGBTQ romance. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking to spend a few hours in good company. 👍 What I Liked 👍 Characters: There was not a single character that I disliked (except for Ben's parents, but they play a minor part and are supposed to be unlikable). Each character had their own well-developed characteristic, which made th SWEET, CUTE AND FUNNY I got pretty much everything I was expecting with this comic - I got some good laughs, a lighthearted story with some deeper issues and a sweet LGBTQ romance. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking to spend a few hours in good company. 👍 What I Liked 👍 Characters: There was not a single character that I disliked (except for Ben's parents, but they play a minor part and are supposed to be unlikable). Each character had their own well-developed characteristic, which made them well-rounded and relatable in each their own way. I liked that they all had a particular idiosyncrasy, often something quirky such as talking as if they were a Shakespearean character. They were adorable and funny, the lot of them! Fun: The humour of this comic is definitely derived from the amazing, quirky characters! They each had their own thing, which just worked so well for me. Relatable: Finding your way in life after school is something many new adults can relate to - and that is the central theme of this comic. The main cast of characters each struggle with this in one way or another, especially Ben who grabbles with reconciling his own passion as with the expectations of his parents. I found it very relatable and moving. ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me for more book loving content! Blog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog Post: 10 Criminally Underrated YA Books with an LGBTQ Twist

  10. 5 out of 5

    Drakoulis

    Out now! A cute, wholesome grpahic novel ! Ben is a soft and adorable character, worried about his life after university, conflicted about what he wants versus what his parents want for him, navigating his personal relationships with his friends and his new working environment. The author and the illustrator gave a lot of attention to the food scenes, and the whole coloring and drawing is amazing ! Comedic elements are also spot-on, with the chef and the food-critic pig being hilarious ! And of cou Out now! A cute, wholesome grpahic novel ! Ben is a soft and adorable character, worried about his life after university, conflicted about what he wants versus what his parents want for him, navigating his personal relationships with his friends and his new working environment. The author and the illustrator gave a lot of attention to the food scenes, and the whole coloring and drawing is amazing ! Comedic elements are also spot-on, with the chef and the food-critic pig being hilarious ! And of course, Liam and Ben are adorable! Thank you Netgalley and OniPress for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    I'm used to graphic novels being mostly middlegrade and YA, so it was nice to read a new adult one with the same feel to it. Ultimately it didn't entirely work for me, though. I just found the story to move quite slowly, and I wasn't the biggest fan of the art work, although some of the panels did stand out to me. The best parts were definitely the close-ups. One thing that felt off to me was that the restaurant owner's anger and grumpiness felt really forced. It kept coming out of nowhere and se I'm used to graphic novels being mostly middlegrade and YA, so it was nice to read a new adult one with the same feel to it. Ultimately it didn't entirely work for me, though. I just found the story to move quite slowly, and I wasn't the biggest fan of the art work, although some of the panels did stand out to me. The best parts were definitely the close-ups. One thing that felt off to me was that the restaurant owner's anger and grumpiness felt really forced. It kept coming out of nowhere and seemed really random. It felt like he was putting on an act rather than actual being that awful for no reason. Especially the scenes with the pig were... really strange to me, I guess the humour didn't really land for me.. Because this was a fairly large part of the book, I kept waiting for something more to happen and it just didn't really. The conflict with Ben's parents also really felt like it came out of nowhere, and escalated so quickly. On top of that, the romance felt really underdeveloped.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    This was a fun and flirty read, with lots if quirk and character. It's definitely one of those where you'll be able to enjoy it more if you check your expectations and skepticism at the door. The art style was cool and memorable, and I'm interested to see where it goes. This was a fun and flirty read, with lots if quirk and character. It's definitely one of those where you'll be able to enjoy it more if you check your expectations and skepticism at the door. The art style was cool and memorable, and I'm interested to see where it goes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    *I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* This graphic novel was an absolute treat! (Get it?) First of all, graphic novels don’t have to do a lot to impress me art-wise because I can’t draw to save my life, but this one’s art style was especially pleasing to me. I loved all the character designs, the colouring, and the FOOD. For such a short book, I really loved what was done with all the characters. Ben was very relatable in his unsureness of his future (and him *I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* This graphic novel was an absolute treat! (Get it?) First of all, graphic novels don’t have to do a lot to impress me art-wise because I can’t draw to save my life, but this one’s art style was especially pleasing to me. I loved all the character designs, the colouring, and the FOOD. For such a short book, I really loved what was done with all the characters. Ben was very relatable in his unsureness of his future (and him being a gay English major, of course). The friendships were super sweet, and the romance was…*chef’s kiss*. (Wink wink.) And Watson the pig was a star! The plot was fairly simple, which I think worked really well for the length. Nothing felt too rushed or anything. It was just a lot of fun on every page, and there were plenty of good jokes throughout that had me grinning. I also feel like there’s potential for maybe a bit more story here, so if they wanted to do a sequel…I would not be opposed! This was a light and fluffy graphic novel that I’d highly recommend checking out, especially if you’re looking for more stuff with characters in their twenties. My compliments to the chef(s)!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Chef’s Kiss is a new graphic novel from Oni Press. Ben Cook and his friends recently graduated from college and moved in together to start their careers. Ben majored in English in college and after applying to a number of writing and editing provisions becomes discouraged. After seeing a restaurant was hiring with no experience necessary he applies. His mentor, Liam, ushers him through three weeks of challenges to determine if he’ll get the position. While trying out a position at the Cochon Dor Chef’s Kiss is a new graphic novel from Oni Press. Ben Cook and his friends recently graduated from college and moved in together to start their careers. Ben majored in English in college and after applying to a number of writing and editing provisions becomes discouraged. After seeing a restaurant was hiring with no experience necessary he applies. His mentor, Liam, ushers him through three weeks of challenges to determine if he’ll get the position. While trying out a position at the Cochon Doré, Ben develops a crush on Liam. This graphic novel is beautifully drawn and written with such heart, full of tender and funny moments. From the opening pages, this novel seemed to tell my story. Ben is moving into his apartment and his roommates make fun of all his books. I immediately fell for all of the characters, though some could have been fleshed out more. We didn’t get a lot of story for the roommates and the people at the restaurant. I have been in a similar position after graduating from college and trying to find work. This book really captures the uncertainty of post-adolescence but an era defined by strong friendships. I loved the marriage of a gay coming-of-age story with the culinary world. If you’re looking for something a little more mature and grounded in present day culture, check this out. Preorder Chef’s Kiss, available on March 1, 2022. Thank you to @NetGalley and @OniPress for an advance copy to review.▪️

  15. 4 out of 5

    Val

    Just out of college where he studied English, Ben finds himself looking for a related job. He gets rejected from many places and so he starts looking for any kind of job instead, landing on a restaurant where a Ken-looking cook welcomes him to possibly join the team. But, the main chef of this restaurant is not so sure about hiring Ben, and so he proposes a challenge: he'll have to cook different dishes from the restaurant, plus a personal recipe, and all of those have to be tested and approved Just out of college where he studied English, Ben finds himself looking for a related job. He gets rejected from many places and so he starts looking for any kind of job instead, landing on a restaurant where a Ken-looking cook welcomes him to possibly join the team. But, the main chef of this restaurant is not so sure about hiring Ben, and so he proposes a challenge: he'll have to cook different dishes from the restaurant, plus a personal recipe, and all of those have to be tested and approved by a pig... Aha, ok, yes, that's the plot. I wouldn't mind an unrealistic plot if it were well written, if it would make me laugh, if the characters had depth and I could get attached to them. Nothing of that happened during my read, I found all the elements of this comic to be nonsensical and quite insipid. Even the drawings, not being particularly bad, lack expression and didn't captivate me at all. I'm really not a fan of characters looking like fashion models (muscular guys, skinny girls, and so many white people...). Plus, there are some wonky proportions: pies being big in one picture and small in the next, Liam being more than a head taller than Ben, and then less. Hmmm. The story is very simple in the bad way, the interactions between the characters are not very realistic and the world they live in is two-dimensional. Ben showed to be incapable of elemental culinary skills at moments, but of course he was full of ideas that would blow away the professional chefs' minds, despite those ideas sounding quite basic to me, without having a particularly big cooking knowledge. All in all, I felt kind of underestimated as a reader, and not amused at all. Probably, the only thing I liked from this comic is that the restaurant is a vegetarian one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    I absolutely loved it! I found it absolutely adorable, a little bittersweet because it explains soo well how hard is to find a job after you graduate because I’ve been there, still there. But at the same time I had other jobs that had nothing to do with my studies that I loved, so this hits home. I loved all the characters, the friends group is soo funny and adorable, and the restaurant crew are amazing. The story was just so funny, adorable, sweet and relatable. Also, I absolutely loved the art I absolutely loved it! I found it absolutely adorable, a little bittersweet because it explains soo well how hard is to find a job after you graduate because I’ve been there, still there. But at the same time I had other jobs that had nothing to do with my studies that I loved, so this hits home. I loved all the characters, the friends group is soo funny and adorable, and the restaurant crew are amazing. The story was just so funny, adorable, sweet and relatable. Also, I absolutely loved the art, everything was so aesthetically pleasing and the romance moments…oh mama, I just adored it. Special mention to Watson, the best and smartest pig, definitely. It’s my first time reading from this author but I’m sure won’t be the last. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brina

    (Thank you to NetGalley for sending me an ARC of this book.) The story is about Ben, a graduate who's looking for a job. Alas, he can't find one, until he stumbles on a restaurant called Le Cochon Doré, which is looking to hire without experience. Ben quickly meets Liam, who is *yummy*. The Head Chef offers him a deal: three weeks, one challenge per week. If the official tester (a lovely pig called Watson. Yes, you read that right, a pig.) loves the meals prepared by Ben, he can stay! Torn betwee (Thank you to NetGalley for sending me an ARC of this book.) The story is about Ben, a graduate who's looking for a job. Alas, he can't find one, until he stumbles on a restaurant called Le Cochon Doré, which is looking to hire without experience. Ben quickly meets Liam, who is *yummy*. The Head Chef offers him a deal: three weeks, one challenge per week. If the official tester (a lovely pig called Watson. Yes, you read that right, a pig.) loves the meals prepared by Ben, he can stay! Torn between his old friends, his new ones, his parents, his career in writing and his sudden love for cooking, Ben will have to go out of his comfort zone to find himself and what he truly wants. Book type: comic, romance, lgbtq+ pace: medium-fast (and yet, we know everything that we need to know!) storyline: ★★★★★ This book was incredibly relatable and down-to-earth. The characters are well-developed, even the secondary ones. I was hooked from the very first page. I like how we see the different types of interaction between the characters, that was well put. characters: ★★★★★ As said previously, we get to learn enough about each character that they all have their importance. I thought the differences in personality were well established and balanced. character development:★★★★✩ I can only hope we'll see more! Hence the 4 stars out of five. I could've taken 10 books within this saga. Already excited for the next one! But still, our MC, Ben, went through noticeable changes and it was fluid, not rushed. We still have some place to grow! writing: ★★★★✩ Sometimes the bubbles feel visually overwhelming, but I think that's just maybe I'm not used to comics. However, I thought every exchange was purposeful and gave us a good feel of what the characters were going through. diversity: ★★★★★ Not too much 'in your face' that it feels like a bad marketing coup. Some authors make me feel like they have a diversity check-off list and they just check things off along the way to make sure their book is 'trendy'. This was not the case! It was genuine diversity. attention to detail: ★★★★★ Love the drawings! The color schemes were really nice too. I noticed the use of yellow and blue to reflect how Ben's feeling. ending: ★★★★★ LOVED IT. So sweet! I hope there's more coming! originality: ★★★★✩ It's a regular setting for a romance, a nice kitchen and a hot chef, however, the way we get to the kitchen was original. Will I be reading the next book? Absolutely.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vin - bookcadaver

    I’ve been waiting all my life for a graphic novel revolving around queer chefs and I’m honestly not coping at how cute and fun this was. Of course, I loved every second of reading this, the story itself was adorable, relatable and a little tense at points, but the illustrations were the highlight of this. The art style never changed, a lot of dedication has went into making this, and I’ve never been so mesmerised by food since Studio Ghibli. I literally just kept rereading the parts when Ben was I’ve been waiting all my life for a graphic novel revolving around queer chefs and I’m honestly not coping at how cute and fun this was. Of course, I loved every second of reading this, the story itself was adorable, relatable and a little tense at points, but the illustrations were the highlight of this. The art style never changed, a lot of dedication has went into making this, and I’ve never been so mesmerised by food since Studio Ghibli. I literally just kept rereading the parts when Ben was cooking because it was drawn so perfectly. All the characters were loveable, and I squealed when I saw Watson. That piggie can’t do no wrong. This was a really fun, well put together graphic novel and I 100% need more. INSTA | TWITTER

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    This was such a lovely comic. It's about growth, romance and best of all: food, which looks ridiculously good. Ben Cook (yeah, I know) has just finished school and moved in with his friends, ready for new adventures in the grown up world. Unfortunately it doesn't go as planned as finding a job proves more difficult than he imagined. One day he walks by a restaurant looking for a new cook, and here his life gets turned upside down with the help of a good looking chef, an angry manager and a pig w This was such a lovely comic. It's about growth, romance and best of all: food, which looks ridiculously good. Ben Cook (yeah, I know) has just finished school and moved in with his friends, ready for new adventures in the grown up world. Unfortunately it doesn't go as planned as finding a job proves more difficult than he imagined. One day he walks by a restaurant looking for a new cook, and here his life gets turned upside down with the help of a good looking chef, an angry manager and a pig who's a really picky eater. It was just a really good slice of life comic, with a splash of romance and a ton of cuteness!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    An ARC of this graphic novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Chef's Kiss is a graphic novel where Ben, the main character, has to find his way after college. He starts looking for a job related to his passion for reading and writing, but since he has no luck he decides to take on the challenge and to start working at a restaurant. It turns out he has some talent in the kitchen and he really enjoys cooking. I really appreciated how Ben stood up for h An ARC of this graphic novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Chef's Kiss is a graphic novel where Ben, the main character, has to find his way after college. He starts looking for a job related to his passion for reading and writing, but since he has no luck he decides to take on the challenge and to start working at a restaurant. It turns out he has some talent in the kitchen and he really enjoys cooking. I really appreciated how Ben stood up for himself and spoke his mind about what he wants to do, it was really important. I was expecting a bit more romance, not gonna lie, but what we got was still cute.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly May

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for the advanced copy of this book. This book has the best art! i loved the illustrations throughout the whole book and i loved the plot of having Ben choose the career he was passionate about despite the outside influences having their own opinions while throwing in a cute romance with the other chef. I will admit, while it was very cute, The environment surrounding Ben was so toxic. The chef method of tasks and not even saying Bens name correctly until the Thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for the advanced copy of this book. This book has the best art! i loved the illustrations throughout the whole book and i loved the plot of having Ben choose the career he was passionate about despite the outside influences having their own opinions while throwing in a cute romance with the other chef. I will admit, while it was very cute, The environment surrounding Ben was so toxic. The chef method of tasks and not even saying Bens name correctly until the situation of his parents coming in occurred and then his parents trying to force ben to make some decisions of his career was tough to see the little support he had by some of the most important people to him. I would also want to add my confusion of the fake story the chef made up about Watson's origin story and had this whole radioactive food critic bite him and give him super taste buds. This part was funny to read and gave some insight to the chefs character it was just putting the story in a whole other place and setting once reading that part. Overall it was a pretty nice and quick read but as far as rereading and recommending it would be targeted to certain types of people and moods rather than a generalized recommendation that most people would love.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nora (NoraLeest)

    Ben is trying to find a job as a writer after finishing his English degree. He quickly learns this is harder than it seems. He decides to settle for working in a restaurant until he finds something better. There he meets Liam... super quick easy and fun read. The book was very quirky — this is probably the first time I use that word in a positive way. I love the concept of new adult comics. The entire story was quite relatable, but written in a fun way. Oh and I absolutely LOVE Watson. The only t Ben is trying to find a job as a writer after finishing his English degree. He quickly learns this is harder than it seems. He decides to settle for working in a restaurant until he finds something better. There he meets Liam... super quick easy and fun read. The book was very quirky — this is probably the first time I use that word in a positive way. I love the concept of new adult comics. The entire story was quite relatable, but written in a fun way. Oh and I absolutely LOVE Watson. The only thing is that I wish the story was longer, because I NEED MORE!!!! A big thanks to NetGalley for providing me an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ida

    4,5/5⭐️ Oh my god this graphic novel was so sweet! I’m fairly new to graphic novels. But I really enjoyed this. It was both romantic and funny. And even a little bit wierd, in the best way possible (and there’s food, what else do you need?) The art was absolutely amazing. I was planning on reading a few pages but ended up reading it all in one sitting heheh I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGally for my honest and unbiased opinion Thank you NetGally and Oni Press for the opportunity to re 4,5/5⭐️ Oh my god this graphic novel was so sweet! I’m fairly new to graphic novels. But I really enjoyed this. It was both romantic and funny. And even a little bit wierd, in the best way possible (and there’s food, what else do you need?) The art was absolutely amazing. I was planning on reading a few pages but ended up reading it all in one sitting heheh I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGally for my honest and unbiased opinion Thank you NetGally and Oni Press for the opportunity to read this!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    This was cute, the artwork was great, and there were times I felt completely immersed in the story to the extent that I would forget I was reading a graphic novel -- and then the silly bits would happen. And they were just a little too silly for my personal preference. Those scenes weren't extensive, but they were frequent, and more importantly you have to take them at least a little seriously for there to be any narrative tension for a good portion of the story. But if you're not someone who need This was cute, the artwork was great, and there were times I felt completely immersed in the story to the extent that I would forget I was reading a graphic novel -- and then the silly bits would happen. And they were just a little too silly for my personal preference. Those scenes weren't extensive, but they were frequent, and more importantly you have to take them at least a little seriously for there to be any narrative tension for a good portion of the story. But if you're not someone who needs their graphic novels to feel realistic or contain narrative tension -- and I know plenty of people who don't! -- then I recommend this one. **This book was provided for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley**

  25. 5 out of 5

    mila

    I received the arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was such a delightful read! It feels like a warm cup of tea and being wrapped in a cozy blanket! As someone who is queer and 20-something, and freaking out about life - this graphic novel caught my attention immediately. This is a story about Ben, who recently graduated, only to find out that he is underqualified for all of the jobs he applies for. The employers are all looking for someone with experience, and he has none I received the arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was such a delightful read! It feels like a warm cup of tea and being wrapped in a cozy blanket! As someone who is queer and 20-something, and freaking out about life - this graphic novel caught my attention immediately. This is a story about Ben, who recently graduated, only to find out that he is underqualified for all of the jobs he applies for. The employers are all looking for someone with experience, and he has none. Feeling desperate he gets a job as a cook (no experience needed!), intending for it to be only a temporary solution. But life is often unexpected, and he finds himself rethinking his career path. First, I have to mention, I absolutely loved the art in this novel! While I loved the story as well, a big part of a graphic novel is the art style, and I thought it was amazing. The illustrations are lovely, the overall color palette is great, and the art just adds so much warmth and loveliness to the story. As I mentioned, I found this story very relatable and the characters seem very authentic. Alongside Ben, we follow his friends, with who he lives, and I enjoyed their relationships so much. They all seem like wildly different people but despite their differences, they are very supportive of each other and always looking out for their friends. They all seem like interesting and well-rounded characters. Ben also meets people at his new restaurant job, and I very much enjoyed them too. We first meet Liam, the sous-chef, who Ben is immediately interested in. Their interactions and relationship overall are very cute and I was so happy reading about them. The romance is not the main focus, but I loved their dates and I thought they were really cute. The rest of the restaurant staff is great, they are warm and supportive of Ben. Even the chef, who at the beginning seems unfriendly, ends up being there for Ben when he needs it. And I absolutely loved Watson the food critic (who is also a pig). This is a fun and quick read about growing up and figuring out where life will lead you. Ben starts the novel looking for jobs related to his English degree and ends up getting a job at the restaurant, which is a complete 180. It also deals with expectations, as Ben's parents put a lot of pressure on him to find a job in his field and "not waste his life". I think Ben goes a long way, even though the novel is short - from someone who is terrified of what comes next, to someone who knows what he wants. I think his relationships with friends also mature with him, and he learns to be happier. This was a very cute book, with a lovely romance sprinkled in. I do wish the novel was a bit longer, as I definitely wanted to read more. I would wholeheartedly recommend this, especially if you're looking for something short and sweet!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Crowinator

    This is like, pure cuteness. It is feel-good romantic fluffiness. The pig? The food-critic pig makes no sense, but I love it. Why not a pig, I ask you. Why can't a pig judge food in a world where this guy has to succeed in a series of cooking challenges before he can become a chef at this restaurant, like he's on a cooking reality show and not applying for a job (for which he has no experience)? Does it matter? What a great set-up to fall in love with the hot chef, who somehow buys in to all thi This is like, pure cuteness. It is feel-good romantic fluffiness. The pig? The food-critic pig makes no sense, but I love it. Why not a pig, I ask you. Why can't a pig judge food in a world where this guy has to succeed in a series of cooking challenges before he can become a chef at this restaurant, like he's on a cooking reality show and not applying for a job (for which he has no experience)? Does it matter? What a great set-up to fall in love with the hot chef, who somehow buys in to all this nonsense! Whatever! I liked it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    dane

    Thank you to Oni Press for an e-ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review! I've been meaning to get to this one for a while and I'm glad I finally got to it as it was very fun. Admittedly, I wasn't that big on the characters at the start but as they all developed in their own ways they came together and formed a nice little family of sorts. I felt that the story became a bit bogged down in the romance and I would've liked to see Ben navigate his wants and needs more as they felt Thank you to Oni Press for an e-ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review! I've been meaning to get to this one for a while and I'm glad I finally got to it as it was very fun. Admittedly, I wasn't that big on the characters at the start but as they all developed in their own ways they came together and formed a nice little family of sorts. I felt that the story became a bit bogged down in the romance and I would've liked to see Ben navigate his wants and needs more as they felt sidelined for the romance--which felt a bit insta-love-ish too. The dialogue wasn't the best either, some of it felt super stilted while other parts felt a bit cringey as the characters didn't feel as old as they were said to be. I wish that the book was slightly longer as some plot lines, particularly the culinary challenges, felt a bit rushed. As for the art style, I felt that it fit the story really well and it is my favourite art from a graphic novel that I've read. I also loved the attention to detail and the depictions of food which made me hungry. I would recommend this graphic novel as it's fun and quick to read with a nice story to tell!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Ben Cook is an English major who can't find a job in his field after college -- go figure -- so he takes a trial-basis gig as an apprentice chef at a restaurant just to have an income . . . and because the guy doing the interview is so darn hot! Gentle and mild are the words of the day in this little coming of age romance. This is a borderline 2-star book for me because: • Ben turns out to be a Mary Sue when it comes to cooking, able to tweak any recipe to make it better despite having no trainin Ben Cook is an English major who can't find a job in his field after college -- go figure -- so he takes a trial-basis gig as an apprentice chef at a restaurant just to have an income . . . and because the guy doing the interview is so darn hot! Gentle and mild are the words of the day in this little coming of age romance. This is a borderline 2-star book for me because: • Ben turns out to be a Mary Sue when it comes to cooking, able to tweak any recipe to make it better despite having no training. • The restaurant has a live pig for exceedingly cutesy comic relief. • A big showdown with some villains near the end feels more contrived than organic. • The balance between coming of age and romance is off, leaving the object of Ben's crush a fragment of a person. Still, I liked the tone of the story and most of the other characters, and the art was nice. So I closed the book happier than when I opened it. If you like this, I recommend trying Bloom by Kevin Panetta.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lance

    E-ARC generously provided by Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much! 4.5 stars, probably a 5 upon reread. With a stunning and fitting art-style and a simple and sweet plotline that hit close to home, Chef's Kiss was even more delectable than I expected: it's a sweet treat of a graphic novel that is definitely worth the read. E-ARC generously provided by Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much! 4.5 stars, probably a 5 upon reread. With a stunning and fitting art-style and a simple and sweet plotline that hit close to home, Chef's Kiss was even more delectable than I expected: it's a sweet treat of a graphic novel that is definitely worth the read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    Netgalley ARC in return for an honest review. OK I loved this so much I couldn't put it down once I started it. The characters were adorable and realistic. Ben Cook, the main character, was especially relatable and I was invested in his story arc. It had heartfelt, aspiring friendship goals throughout. The art was clear, bright and colourful, it conveyed the story beautifully. Ben and his friends have just moved in together after finishing university. Ben majored in literature and is job hunting w Netgalley ARC in return for an honest review. OK I loved this so much I couldn't put it down once I started it. The characters were adorable and realistic. Ben Cook, the main character, was especially relatable and I was invested in his story arc. It had heartfelt, aspiring friendship goals throughout. The art was clear, bright and colourful, it conveyed the story beautifully. Ben and his friends have just moved in together after finishing university. Ben majored in literature and is job hunting with no experience in the literature world. He stumbles across a wanted ad and applies and this is where we follow his story through his career choices, family relations and changing friendship dynamics. Oh, and there is a pig. The only thing I wanted more of was the friends' stories. Hopefully that will come with further issues. Would definitely recommend this comic.

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