After the heavy conflicts in Kinema Mosaic and the epic battles in Beyond the Future, I sort of grew tired of long, dramatic games and move on to simple cooking games instead. (。・ω・。)♪
Kayano Yuuna is a 18 years old student in Murota Gakuen, a professional cooking school. Ten years ago she ran away from home, and just before she collapsed from hunger, a young man cooked a delicious spaghetti alla pescatora for her. Yuuna couldn’t forget the taste, and she’s currently aiming to become an Italian cuisine chef as well. She needs to take internship training in order to complete her course, but she’s having trouble choosing a place to work at. Even up until now, she’s still looking for the restaurant from ten years ago. Will she ever find it again?
One day, an alumnus named Nasu Haruto comes to teach Yuuna’s class because their regular lecturer is sick. It appears that Haruto was a legendary student who won a lot of competitions back in his school days, and he went to work in Italy right after his graduation. Hoping to learn more about Italian cuisine, Yuuna goes to see Haruto after class and asks for the name of the restaurant he’s currently working at. He simply answers “Arcobaleno”, an small restaurant not too far away from school. Yuuna visits the restaurant after that, and she orders spaghetti alla pescatora as usual.. only to find out that it tastes exactly the same as the one from ten years ago. Realizing that Haruto is the young man she’s been looking for, Yuuna decides to take her internship training in Arcobaleno together with her friends: Kaname Murota, a student from the management course; and Katsura Fuuta, a classmate who specializes in Japanese cuisine.
Even though Arcobaleno’s owner, Komatsu Ryuunosuke, likes Yuuna and wants to employ her, the manager, Saotome Nikichi, is against the idea since they can’t afford to hire trainees or part-time workers. Haruto himself also says he doesn’t remember and suggests that Yuuna is mistaking him for someone else, but eventually Yuuna’s determination wins them over. The three of them can work in Arcobaleno under one condition: she needs to cook a dish that can satisfy Haruto only in one hour. Instead of cooking an Italian cuisine, Yuuna decides to make a delicious curry instead. The young man from ten years ago had the same curry for lunch, and the taste is just as unforgettable. Nikichi thinks it’snot enough to be sold in the restaurant, but Haruto is impressed that Yuuna can revive the curry’s taste even though she only had a bite.. and that was from ten years ago. This proves both Yuuna’s sense of taste and cooking skills, so Haruto finally agrees to accept their internship.
Now that she’s working in Arcobaleno, Yuuna has to gain more knowledge and experience in order to become a full-fledged chef. Aside from work, she also needs to think about the Italian cuisine tests at school — judged directly by the school principal, Murota Kiyo. Murota Gakuen doesn’t have a special course for Italian cuisine, so the tests are necessary to make sure the students are capable of producing high-quality Italian cuisine. For the next three months, they will have to take a test once every two weeks. After Kiyo announces the theme, the students have two weeks to prepare for the test. There will be six tests in total, and those who refuse will receive academic penalty. In other words, everyone have to participate. xD If Yuuna can pass all six tests, Nikichi is willing to employ her as a permanent staff in Arcobaleno after she graduates. On the other hand, she will have to quit if she fails twice in a row. However, she’s free to use their kitchen for practice every Wednesday — their regular day off.
As Yuuna improves her skills as a chef, she might gain recognition from other people as well.