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Book Review: Chef's Kiss by Jarrett Melendez

"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."

Pages: 160


I received Chef’s Kiss by Jarrett Melendez for free on NetGalley by Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for my advanced copy!

I’m Chef’s Kiss we follow our main character Ben who is trying to find a job after leaving uni. After multiple interviews going nowhere he applies to a job he never would’ve thought to go for and finds a new passion along the way.

Chef’s Kiss was relatable from the very first page! Trying not to freak out and having to go for what felt like a million failed interviews is what I was like after leaving uni! It can be such a stressful time and it’s so funny how you can end up in a completely random job that has nothing to do with your degree but you end up loving! Plus I instantly related to the amount of books he had too!

The story was so fun, I loved all of the awkward and hilarious moments plus it was really cool to see Ben prove himself in his new role and get better even though his boss would definitely give me anxiety! I loved the romance subplot too, it was so well interwoven into the story and of course queer romances are always the best!

Additionally, the artwork was absolutely incredible! It was so detailed and clear plus I loved the use of colour all throughout! I wanted to read some more graphic novels this year and this was perfect for me!

Chef’s Kiss is a fun, relatable and absolutely lovely story!

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