Osamu Mukai as Eisuke Yamate- chef, owner and ex-bass player
Miori Takimoto as Chie Okusu- college student who has a crush on Eisuke and his food
Ryoko Kuninaka as Maria Tachibana- Eisuke's girlfriend
Goro Inagaki as Tokio Aso- rival restaurant owner
Ren Osugi as Taro Yamate- Eisuke's father who lives with him
Takashi Tsukamoto as Kenta Sumiyoshi- kitchen helper and ex-guitarist
Shohei Miura as Taku Hiratsuka- restaurant maitre d' and ex-vocalist
Kaname Kawabata as Tsuyoshi Fujisawa- kitchen helper and ex-drummer
Hairi Katagiri as Chikako Ebina- inept restaurant helper
Rio Yamashita as Nana Takagi- college student and Chie's best friend
Had put off this drama for a while thinking that someone else played the role of Eisuke but learning I was mistaken thought this drama needed a watch and so far through 6 episodes it was a wise choice.
This will be a quickie synopsis as I'll be doing screenshots from every episode and giving mini recaps as it goes along. Eisuke's mother was the owner and chef of a French restaurant called Le Petit Chou and her one wish was that Eisuke would one day take over the restaurant, she had started grooming him to be a chef at an early age. However he had a different dream and that was to be a rock star and when he was 19 or so abandoned being a chef and started a group. His mother did support him on the outside but deep down she had hoped he would eventually come around and return to being a chef at the restaurant but sadly died before she could realize her dream. There was also Eisuke's father who besides helping out just alittle at the restaurant didn't appear to do much of anything, seems like a nice guy who is also very wise but didn't contribute anything to the family's finances.
Eisuke said if he didn't make it as a rock star by the time he was 30 he would quit and go back to being a chef, this drama starts out with him being only a month away from that age and has finally decided to give up on his dream of being a successful musician. His band Rock Head had come oh so close to being popular but just couldn't quite get over the hump and disbanded, when Eisuke opened up a new version of Le Petit Chou two came to work with him and eventually the other member did too. So the 4 of them along with an inept helper in Ebina opened up the restaurant but like their band it wasn't too successful. The food was good according to all the customers but they were located in an out of the way spot plus it was a bit of a run down place but eventually, least through episode 6 it does slowly get to be more of a success. Also in the mix at the restaurant is a college student named Chie whose father owns a small vegetable farm where Eisuke gets his supplies, she falls head over heels for him both romantically and with his food and she also starts to work there part time.
One other main character is Tokio who when Eisuke's mother passed away bought her restaurant and opened his own at the location, he's a famous gourmet person though not a chef and also owns a few other establishments and has written at least one gourmet book. The restaurant he bought he turned into a high class one, the complete opposite of Eisuke's but he considers him to be a rival and has certain challenges throughout the series with Eisuke and at the halfway point always comes out on top in them such as making him change the name of the restaurant.
That for the most part is what the drama is about or at least up until episode 6 which is where I am now, after this post have many screenshots of Miori for every episode and and also have recaps of each show so some of the details that were left out here are filled in.