Secret Ingredient (2024) s01e02 Episode Script


I’ve decided to create a challenge
for whoever wants to move up
and take the spot.
It’s the last chance I have to pay off my debt.
Whose dish is it?
Mine, Chef.
It’s a little under seasoned.
Our dish was a hundred times better.
What's going on?
It’s a bit off.
A bit off?
Can you prepare your shrimp quiche?
Yes, Chef, I can do it!
Oh, f♪ck.
What can I possibly say to earn your forgiveness?
I wish there was a recipe to follow,
a guaranteed list of things to do,
like heat the oil,
mince the garlic.
If only it were that easy.
If only I could whisk away my mistakes
and smoothen everthing between us.
But people are more complex than that.
Once there’s a crack in a relationship,
something invisible is broken,
there’s no undoing it.
I made my mistakes.
No matter how good my reasons were,
I messed up.
Like in service,
there’s no going back.
There’s only going forward.
And I will work for your forgiveness
from this day forward.
I trusted you!
And this is how you repay me?
I'm sorry, Chef.
How the hell can we come back from this?
Who is responsible for peeling the shrimp?
Of course.
I never liked you from the day you showed up
in my kitchen.
Why on earth are you even here?
You know what you are?
You are like a rotten vegetable in my kitchen.
Completely worthless!
[speaking in Korean]
Why on earth are you even here?
Living here doesn't make you our family.
You're just the mistress' child.
Can’t you do anything right?
Won’t you take a hint and leave?
- I
- It's my fault.
I take full responsibility.
- Maya
- Shut up!
You always remind us
that the chef takes full responsibility of the team.
I am responsible for him.
If I don’t take responsibility for this now,
then I'm not qualified to be a chef.
You both can leave now.
I’ll discuss the next step with management.
I don’t want to talk about it.
- Maya, I'm really sorry.
- I said I don't want to talk about it.
It’s past your work hours,
why are you just getting in?
You’re here.
Are you working two jobs?
I had the worst day. I'm exhausted.
You’re the one who told me.
You wanted a place where no one can find you
where you’d be just doing physical job.
Yeah, fine.
But what brings you here?
Want some too?
Seeing that you showed up without calling
There’s an emergency there too?
Well, there’s always an emergency.
Everyone seems to be going nuts looking for you.
I can't tell you how many calls and texts I’ve had.
They’re asking if I really don’t know where you are.
They are looking for you, they want you to sign a document
excluding yourself from the will.
Those assholes.
But the chairman wants you to be his successor.
Do you think your half siblings
will just stand there and watch?
You know who they are better than anyone else.
Tell dad to change the will.
If you come with me.
If you come with me!
If you meet him in person,
then he’ll change the will.
Of course
Why does he always have to make it so difficult for me?
Just listen to him.
I don’t want!
Where are you going?
Well now that I know you’re alive,
I should get going.,
I booked a room at your hotel.
You’re not expecting me to spend the night
at this dump, right?
No, this is a business trip.
What business?
There’s a huge cooking competition
in Jakarta this month.
The main sponsor is our company.
Aren’t you informed?
Anyway, I’m meeting with your boss to discuss something.
Arif? My boss?
Well, good luck.
I do think it’s yours, not theirs.
Why would you give it up so easily?
Why wouldn’t you fight for what’s rightfully yours?
Please Chef, just
give me one more chance.
After last night’s debacle,
I don’t think so.
I’m very disappointed, Maya.
I’m really sorry, Chef.
But let me make it up to you.
Just hear me out.
I want to make a dish for the Davis’
using a kepel fruit.
Kepel fruit?
Yes, Chef.
You’ve got to be kidding me.
That’s an impossible fruit to find.
You know why?
No, Chef.
Because it’s not available on the market.
Try to look around the markets in Jakarta.
See if you can find even an inkling of it.
Please, Chef. Just
one more day.
Just one day.
One day.
You have only one day.
Okay. Thank you, Chef.
Thank you!
[speaking in Tagalog]
We need to talk to you.
What are you doing here?
I thought you had class today.
We’re here for Rodolfo.
He’s been trying to get in touch with you.
I’ve been meaning to pay,
but my aunt needed some help.
You’ve been late on your payments.
He says he’s going to raise the interest.
By how much?
16,000 pesos a month?
Where am I going to get such an amount?
You need to take care of that, Maya.
Who knows what he’s capable of.
You have to pay it soon
or your aunt in Manila could be in real trouble.
Maya, are you all right?
I’m fine. What are you doing here?
I heard you talking to Arif.
I just want to help you search for the kepel fruit.
I’m planning to go alone.
- Maya, please let me help you.
- Jack
What part of “No” don’t you understand?
I just want to help.
It was my mistake to begin with.
I want to go alone.
What a coincidence?
When did you arrive?
What brings you here?
Are you here for business?
But who is this?
This is Maya.
Oh, she works for you!
I see
Don’t let me interrupt you.
You guys seem busy
I’ve got things to do.
Nice to meet you.
Everyone in Seoul is looking for you.
Uhm I just got here, for work.
I’ll be flying out soon.
- Really?
- Yes.
To where?
When is your flight?
You have time to eat with me
before going, right?
We’ll see, okay?
I really have to go now.
- Bye!
- Oppa!
Hey, it’s me.
I just met Chaerin.
She won’t stay quiet. She might tell the family.
Can you help me out?
Excuse me.
Kepel fruit?
Okay, thank you.
Excuse me
Uhm, kepel fruit?
[speaks in Bahasa]
We don't have that.
But get some rambutan and mangosteen,
they're much tastier!
Planting a kepel tree brings a curse.
It's a devil's tree.
That's why it's so rare.
You won't find it here.
That doesn’t sound good.
I said I didn’t need any help.
I’m just here enjoying satay (barbecued meat).
So have you found it?
Not yet.
Here, have this.
You need your energy.
Thank you.
I really think we should go to the next town.
I don’t think we’ll find it here.
All right.
Thank you.
[speaks in Bahasa] Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.
- You like it?
- Yes.
It’s similar to something that
we have back home.
It’s called “turon” [fried banana rolls].
- Turon.
- Turon.
It's as if I’m with my mom again.
- Good?
- Yes, it’s good.
It’s called “turon”
Thank you.
- I think we should get going.
- Yeah. Uhm, okay.
We only have a few hours left.
Let’s go.
Give that to us! [speaking in Bahasa]
Are you all right?
Hey, are you all right?
You good?
Do you want some ice cream?
Taste good? Yeah?
No luck?
The vendors say we can’t find it here.
All right, so what should we do?
I don't know.
I don't even know what I was thinking,
even Arif himself couldn’t find it.
[speaks in Bahasa]
What are you looking for?
We’re looking for
the kepel fruit.
Kepel Kepel fruit?
Kepel fruit?
Kepel Kepel fruit.
- Kepel, kepel
- Oh this.
I saw it at my neighbor’s house.
There’s lots of it!
Where are you taking us, kiddo?
There it is!
How can we get to it if the dog is guarding it?
How can we get to it if the dog is guarding it?
I’ll take care of this.
What are you going to do?
You know I’ve got this.
I was in the army.
Okay, well be careful!
Watch out!
[speaks in Korean]
Okay, I can do this I can do this.
I can do this.
I can do this.
I can do this.
Maya, run! Run! Run!
No, no, no.
She just wants to be cared for.
She just wants a playmate.
Right? See, I got you a treat.
I promise, I’m not a criminal.
But seriously! What are you doing here?
Working as a trainee chef in Jakarta, of all places.
Okay. I know, it seems strange,
I heard the stories, they talk about me.
Like what a Korean man like me is doing
in the kitchen.
- Peeling shrimp, terribly!
- Yeah.
It’s just
I have some issues back in Korea
and I thought leaving there
would help me clear my thoughts.
Alright, then.
What’s your story?
How did you end up moving
from the Philippines to Indonesia?
I had heard about Arif
and his reputation as a chef.
So when I heard that he was having an opening
in his kitchen,
of course, I jumped at the chance.
Yeah, I guess I could be doing other jobs
working in another countries,
earning more money.
But this job, it pays slightly
more than what I was earning in Manila.
And I was excited to learn from a famous chef and
A few years later, I
I don’t regret it.
At least for the most part.
For the most part?
I have some debts that I have to pay off.
My mother's medical bills,
she was sick for a while,
and I was all that she had.
I just have to work extra hard,
so that I can pay it all back.
We should get going, it’s getting dark.
[speaking in Korean]
Hello, Chaerin.
Oh my God!
How did you know I was here?
I saw Ha-Joon today too.
Yes, I heard.
Did you also hear we're having dinner later?
Unfortunately, but he told me to tell you
that he can't make it.
But, by any chance
Did you mention
to the press or anyone
that you saw President Gu here?
Don’t worry!
I’m very discreet.
I only told his family.
I see
Chaerin, I need to go.
[speaking in Tagalog]
Hey, what are you cooking?
It’s almost finished, I’ll let you taste it later.
What's this?
A cooking competition?
Don’t mind that.
Jack gave it to me earlier.
He said it would be good for me to join.
The prize is huge,
think of what you could do with the money, May.
That’s what I’m thinking too.
But the entry fee, it’s pricey for me.
What if you talk to Arif about it?
I probably should, since I’d need his permission
if I’m going to join that competition.
No, what I mean is
If you represent the restaurant, maybe
maybe they can sponsor your entry fee.
I hope so.
I’ll try.
This could open doors for you.
This is kepel?
Yes, Chef. I made a chutney out of it.
Not bad.
Execution could have been better,
but this is not bad.
Okay, Chef.
So what’s the pairing?
I was thinking nasi goreng [Indonesian fried rice], Chef.
Nasi goreng, that’s a bit
Well Chef, I wanted to prioritize organically
and locally produced ingredients.
I think it’s good for the kitchen,
and the flavors are even better.
I guarantee you, Chef,
this is the perfect dish for our guests.
I’ll bet my job on it.
Are you sure?
I’d hate to lose you.
Chef, this is amazing!
How on earth did you know
I’ve been craving for this?
This dish was prepared as a gesture of goodwill,
so I'm glad that it suits your taste.
Uhm, how did you think of pairing this with kepel?
I hope you don't find it rude,
but I learned that Madam has a weak stomach.
And kepel fruit is rich in vitamin C,
which can help reduce inflammation.
Chef Hadi, how wonderful!
I'm at a loss for words.
Always at your pleasure.
Thank you, thank you.
And uhm, our trainee cook Jack,
will clear up the plates when you’re done.
- Please enjoy the food.
- Thank you.
Thank you.
It went supremely well.
I did good, wouldn’t you say?
Yes, Chef.
Chef, while I have you,
I wanted to talk to you
about the culinary competition coming up.
What about it?
I’d wanted to join.
Do you think the hotel
will sponsor my entrance fee?
Well, I have to warn you
that the standards are very high.
And I don’t want you to be disappointed.
I don't understand.
Maya, you are not ready to compete at that level.
There’s still a lot to learn.
Who the hell is he to tell you
that you can’t compete?!
Especially after today.
You did all the research on Mrs. Davis.
You thought of the dish.
That was all you, Maya!
None of that matters, Jack.
We made up for our mistake.
And besides, he’s right,
I have so much to learn.
Arif stole everything from you.
- He's a selfish bastard. That’s what he is.
- Yeah, he’s got a point, Maya.
Guys, can you stop?
I willingly gave him that information.
Arif never acknowledged your hard work.
He took all the glory and ran away with it!
Why are you being so naive?
Because I’m a team player, Jack.
They accepted our apology
and we impressed them again.
Everybody wins!
We need to talk to him.
What do you mean “talk to him”?
Just listen.
- I might lose my job, Stella!
- Maya
- I have to go!
- Maya
Jack, please wait!
Sir, the Korean regional office
wants us to find this person.
I know him.
He’s part of the kitchen staff.
Call security immediately.
It’s good.
- Thank you, Chef.
- Arif,
I’d like to discuss a few things with you.
Why is a trainee talking to me directly?
Jack, if you have an issue,
you need to take it up
with your immediate supervi
there a few issues
I’d like to directly talk to you about.
I’m the Executive Chef.
You are at the bottom of this kitchen.
How dare you talk to me like that?
I don’t have time for this.
Why is this still working here?
I’ll talk to him, Chef.
- Jack, come on.
- Jack?
- You know better than this.
- Jack!
Chef, I’m sorry. This is a misunderstanding.
- Those are Maya’s ideas you stole.
- Jack, it’s okay.
It was her dish that impressed the Davis’ today
and if it weren’t for my mistake,
everyone would have been raving about the shrimp.
I stole?
You don’t know how things work here.
Who do you think you are?
Who do you think you are?!
[speaking in Korean]
Where on earth is he?
Sir, we’ve been instructed to find him.
It’s you?
Why are they looking for you?
Oh, sh♪t.
I do need to take some action,
just so I could get myself out of this financial hole.
[Speaking in Tagalog]
Take a look at this.
The prize money is $35,000.
But I can’t afford the entry fee.
We could sell food to the hotel employees.
With this amount,
we should be able to cover her entry fee.
I think you’ve got a real shot at this.
You’re one of the most talented chefs that I ever know.
I have been hearing rumors
that some of your kitchen staff
are going against company policies.
This kind of thing could tarnish your reputation.
They say someone is selling food
to hotel employees.
Help me find out who it is.
Please let me know.
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