From as early as 2004’s War and Beauty <金枝慾孽>, to as recent as 2018’s Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略>, period dramas set during the Qing Dynasty are usually popularly received by the masses. After spending a year in post-production, The Last Cook <末代厨娘>—a story about an imperial chef in the final years of the Qing Dynasty—finally dropped its first trailer, giving us all a three-minute glimpse into the series.
The food-centric series stars Hai Lu (海陆) as Rong’er, a commoner who ends up in the palace as a maid, who eventually gets promoted to imperial chef and personally serves the royal house. Meanwhile, she teams up with imperial guard Li Qi to solve a mysterious disappearance. The Last Cook is the debut series of Ji Lingchen (纪凌尘), who plays Li Qi.
The Last Cook is supported by a star-studded supporting cast, including the two veteran leads of 2002’s acclaimed series The Eloquent Ji Xiaolan <铁齿铜牙纪晓岚>: Wang Gang (王刚) and Zhang Tielin (张铁林). While their costar Zhang Guoli (张国立), who also starred in Ji Xiaolan, is not in The Last Cook, he is the series’ main director. Some of Zhang’s directed works include the historical series Records of Kangxi’s Travel Incognito <康熙微服私访记> and Jiaqing, Emperor of China <少年嘉庆>, all highly acclaimed series set in the Qing Dynasty.
Hong Kong’s Myolie Wu (胡杏兒) and Stephy Tang (鄧麗欣) also star—The Last Cook is Myolie’s first Qing drama after 2011’s Curse of the Royal Harem <萬王之凰>, and Stephy’s first ever television series. Myolie plays a dowager consort, and Stephy plays an imperial chef.
The Last Cook premieres in May. Check the trailer out below:
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.