Iron Wok Jan, Volume 1by Shinji Saijyo
Jan is a talented, arrogant young chef on a non-stop quest to become the world's greatest cuisine master. He continuously battles his uppity rival Kirikoanother talented chef, who is also the niece of the head chef at the top-class Tokyo restaurant where Jan works. In this volume, the All-Japan Chinese Cuisine Cook-off is down to the last battle between Jan, Kiriko, and Sereneand the final dish is dessert! What crazy concoction will Jan pull out of his bag of tricks?
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As any anime fan knows, manga has cliches and stereotypes just the same as American comics do (although not nearly as bad). So, if you're in the mood for something a little different, you've found the right series. The art style is reminiscent of an action series, and the dialogue and storyline is straight out of a serious drama. But this is not an action series(well, it's probably debatable)...it's about a up and coming chef. The characters are distinct and likeable, so don't be surprised if you're hooked by the first chapter. This is indeed a fine gem; give it a look...