Title: Chef’s Kiss
Author: Jarrett Melendez
Publication Date: April 12, 2022
Number of Pages: 160
Publisher: Oni Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, LGBTQ+
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.
My first comic book for 2023 is this cute, quirky, and feel-good story about a newly grad’s journey to finding out who he is and what he truly wants to be. It’s also a love story about two men who fall in love in the midst of learning from one another.
I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel! It’s light and cute and wholesome. The two main characters remind me so much of Heartstopper but with a twist of sumptuous recipes. What I loved most about the protagonist is that he’s a huge reader—just like us! Also, my favorite characters is Watson; he is just too adorable not to love.
The art-style is definitely gorgeous. I mean, the cover alone is stunning and very cute which was actually the reason why I read this in the first place. I stumbled upon it on Goodreads and totally fell in love with this cover art.
Overall it was such a fun reading experience! I’m hoping that the creators of this graphic novel collaborate on another feel-good story.