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Love Cuisine, Episode 1: Behind the Scenes

Love Cuisine, Episode 1: Behind the Scenes

This is the English translations for the Behind the Scenes of Love Cuisine, Episode 1 (料理高校生 – 第1集 BTS). We’d liked to give a head’s up and say that there are some parts of the BTS (behind the scenes) that we did struggle to hear and translate and we’ve made notes stating our inability to translate the part. Our primary language is not Mandarin-Chinese and we translate by the Chinese subtitles that are supplied in the videos.

Please do enjoy our Love Cuisine, Episode 1: Behind the Scenes translations accompanied by images!

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CAST AND CREW ON THE ROAD

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Advance to Gongliao to film the first scene in the episode: Catch the mermaid.

LEGO LI

I’ve just started to learn how to throw a fishing rod and now I’m going to be using such a huge one?

FISHING ROD GUY

Yes.

SEASIDE ROCKS Lego Li and Long Ge.

Wide shot of the sea. Lego Li’s figure is seen amongst the sea scenery. He’s at the seaside rocks’, fishing.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Full body stance…

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Looking at this, it feels like a big fish!

ON-SCREEN TEXT

What the? It’s just a small one!

After the successful catch of the fish, Lego Li is trying to grab onto it, but it keeps being out of reach.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Boing. Slippery. Slipped away again. It’s not one bit easy to grab onto a fish with suave.

Lego Li continues to struggle with grabbing onto the fish he caught.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Is there no end to this?

Lego Li goes fishing again.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Keep at it!

Lego Li is seen fishing again. This time, he reels in a fish and grabs onto the fish easily as the parabolic fishing rod retracts.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Easily retractable.

SEASIDE ROCKS Lego Li

Lego Li practises operating the spinning reel. He’s trying to release some line on his fishing rod, but he’s having trouble operating the spinning reel as it keeps stalling every time he tries to turn the spinning reel handle.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Not able to reel. The degree of gracefulness suddenly decreased.

LEGO LI

(in a held back frustrated tone with slight chuckling)

Release just one bit of line—please?!

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Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
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SEASIDE ROCKS Long Ge

Long Ge, the fisherman that appears on the opening scene of Episode 1, is sitting on the seaside rocks talking to the camera.

LONG GE

In the drama, I am a person who frequently goes fishing. I am an affluent 2nd generation.

Long Ge points behind him in the direction of the sea.

LONG GE (CONT’D)

…because my yacht is just over there.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

He loves to kid around.

INTERVIEWER

Over there?

Camera turns in the direction Long Ge pointed to. We see just the sea with not a yacht in sight.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

There’s not even a shadow of a yacht…

Camera turns back to Long Ge.

LONG GE

It’s strange the yacht wasn’t taken out today.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Long Ge style humour.

SEASIDE ROCKS Lego Li

Lego Li is standing at seaside rocks, facing out into the sea with a number of the crew around him doing their job.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Intense sun.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(arrow points to Lego Li’s shirt)

Teacher Han’s back is already damp.

Lego Li now talks to the camera. He points to his bright yellow shirt, pointing to the area of his breast pocket.

LEGO LI

You can clearly see this sweat mark.

INTERVIEWER

That’s okay. You can take it off!

LEGO LI

I won’t be cool if I do that, though.

INTERVIEWER

It’ll be heart-fluttering.

LEGO LI

I won’t be cool if I do that.

ONSCREEN TEXT

It’s about the cool factor.

ONSCREEN TEXT

Long Ge says… When it’s this hot, why not wear a tank top?

LEGO LI

I’m a three star French chef. Therefore, everything in life must be extremely over the top.

SEASIDE ROCKS Lego Li

Lego Li is being helped by a crew member in putting on a blue windbreaker jacket on him.

LEGO LI

Oh yeah!

CREW MEMBER

Very handsome.

(NB: not too sure if we heard it right.)

ON-SCREEN TEXT

36 degree celcius heat and wearing a windbreaker jacket.

LEGO LI

Wow…

ON-SCREEN TEXT

It’s alarmingly hot!

CREW MEMBER off-screen

It’s so hot…

LEGO LI

It’s so high, today!

SEASIDE ROCKS Lego Li and Fishing Rod Casting Teacher

Lego Li is standing behind the fishing rod casting teacher. The fishing rod casting teacher is concentrating on his job of fishing.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Fishing rod casting teacher.

LEGO LI

The people behind are getting out of the way. Do you feel it is safe standing behind?

FISHING ROD CASTING TEACHER

It’s not safe!

LEGO LI

(scurries out)

Oh, not safe, you say?! Alright then.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Quick retreat. Scurrying out of the way.

Lego Li has scurried to the left some distance away where some crews stand.

LEGO LI

You have to say something if that’s the case!

SEASIDE ROCKS Lego Li

Overlooking the expanse of the sea, Lego Li is back to fishing with Long Ge sitting beside him, fishing as well. Lego Li casts his parabolic fishing line into the sea.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Teacher Han went in to do the work himself. Posture 100. Mastered it at the first cast.

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SEASIDE ROCKS Lego Li

Lego Li talks to the camera.

LEGO LI

We are filming an extremely important scene of the first episode. Today, I’m probably not considered a huge lead today. The lead for today is the music sweetheart, Miss. Allison Lin.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Why is Allison ‘music sweetheart’? Remember to watch to the end.

LEGO LI

Today, she will show us…

Momentarily cuts to Allison Lin in the mermaid costume.

LEGO LI (CONT’D)

…the latest 2015 Summer swimsuit.

SEASIDE ROCKS Allison Lin

Interviewer interviews Allison Lin.

INTERVIEWER

Are you nervous going into the sea?

ALLISON LIN

I’m treating it as play.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Easy-going.

ALLISON LIN

I feel that overthinking it will make me nervous. I’ve never done this before.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Don’t let nerves take over!

ALLISON LIN

Don’t ask anymore! I’m really nervous! The more we talk about it, the more I’m getting nervous about it.

SEASIDE ROCKS Allison Lin

Allison Lin in the water, being escorted out to sea by two scuba divers.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Going out to sea.

ALLISON LIN

(waves good bye)

Bye!

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Extremely calm and collected.

OUT IN THE SEA Allison Lin

Preparing the shot. Allison Lin is being helped to float by two scuba divers.

ON-SCREEN

I didn’t realise our Teacher Xiao Rou isn’t actually going to swim at all. That’s somewhat pleasant.

The scene of Allison Lin in the water being supported by scuba divers continues.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

It’s a hardworking mermaid. In order to get an even better sea scene, it’s try after try.

Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
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Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot

PLAYGROUND Allison Lin and Lego Li

Allison Lin is back on land. Lego Li is in the background, standing by a playground slide set with a noughts and crosses game on the side. Allison Lin is in the midst of talking to the camera when Lego Li calls Allison Lin over to him.

LEGO LI

Sweetheart! Sweetheart!

ON-SCREEN TEXT

It’s only the first episode and sweetheart rolls off the tongue so naturally.

Allison Lin stops talking to the camera to tend to Lego Li’s call for her. She heads to him.

ALLISON LIN

(in a cute and sweet tone)

Yes?

LEGO LI

Let’s play some rounds.

ALLISON LIN

Okay!

Allison Lin heads towards the ladder on the slide set.

LEGO LI

No, over here!

Allison Lin comes back around and towards where Lego Li is standing by a noughts and crosses game on the side of the playground slide set.

ALLISON LIN

(embarrassed chuckle)

I went to the wrong place.

Both Lego Li and Allison Lin stand before a green grid of noughts and crosses.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Noughts and Crosses: begin the great battle! Han Jie vs. Xiao Rou.

Footage gets sped up as Lego Li and Allison Lin play many rounds.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Two people who are children at heart.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Playing contently.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

After a fierce battle…

Footage comes back to normal speed.

ALLISON LIN

None there. None there.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Allison Lin’s tone)

Hopeless tone.

ALLISON LIN

It’s blocked at every single row and column.

LEGO LI

(slaps across one of the noughts and crosses blocks)

Alright. We’ll play again next time.

Lego Li leaves in an angry sulk.

ALLISON LIN

This is possibly a victory. It’s really amazing. As a victorious person, I want to see how exactly he’s taking it.

The camera goes away from Allison Lin talking to us and towards the direction Lego Li has walked off to. Lego Li is already some metres away. He talks to us as he walks.

LEGO LI

It’s because we played that game too fast. I didn’t want it to be like this.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

He’s really bickering about the outcome of the battle!!

Lego Li resumes walking off as Allison Lin talks to the camera by herself.

ALLISON LIN

And he’s really strange. He appears like a really intelligent person. There are times when he’ll suddenly have an intriguing recurrence of stupidity.

ON THE WALKPATH Allison Lin

Allison Lin resumes talking to the camera.

ALLISON LIN

Okay, then. Cute contrast: a very intelligent person doing stupid things will have a cute contrast.

Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot

SEASIDE ROCKS Lego Li and Allison Lin

The director recites lines of Fang Xiao Rou and the course of events with Lego Li listening.

DIRECTOR

It’s all because of you. You’re wasting my time! Get out of my way! And then run.

The director speedily runs down the rocks and onto flat and levelled ground.

ON-SCREEN

Um, um, um—where are you going, Director?

LEGO LI

Hey! Hey! ___

(NB: Sorry couldn’t get this part in full with no Chinese subtitles.)

ALLISON LIN

Be careful. Be careful.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

The director walks off like she is running on flat ground.

SEASIDE ROCKS Allison Lin

Allison Lin is surrounded by crew members as she has her mermaid costume fixed by one of the crew members.

ALLISON LIN

Right now, she’s at the seam of my fishtail. I’ve already been numbed by anaethetics. So, I don’t feel anything. Otherwise, I’d be like, ‘Ouch! It hurts a lot!’

Allison Lin suddenly looks apologetic towards the crew member fixing her fishtail.

ALLISON LIN

Oh she just got frightened. I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!

FEMALE CREW MEMBER

Oh you really love to joke! You really scared her.

WALKPATH Allison Lin

Allison Lin stands looking and waiting as crew members move about.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

In the sea, there are distressed mermaids thousand times over. You’ve worked hard. You’ve worked hard.

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Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
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Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot

BUILDING CORRIDOR Allison Lin and Lego Li

Allison Lin is back on land and sitting by a window.

ALLISON LIN

That’s right. At long last, we’ve finished filming. There’s a person behind on that side very at ease.

Allison points on the left side of the camera to someone behind it. She moves her indication to the right.

ALLISON LIN (CONT’D)

Look at him at ease.

Camera swivels around to Lego Li with sunglasses on.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Prince Sea Fishing.

LEGO LI

That’s right.

Camera follows Lego Li head to Allison Lin’s side.

LEGO LI (CONT’D)

Why are you not looking so well?

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Considerate warm guy.

ALLISON LIN

Huh?

Lego Li situates himself next to Allison Lin, hovering beside her.

LEGO LI

Are you not feeling well?

ALLISON LIN

I’m fine. I feel well as soon as I see you.

Footage jumps and cuts to Lego Li talking about the show.

LEGO LI

The first scene of the first episode, it is Xiao Rou and.. and… and— what am I called?

ALLISON LIN

(slaps Lego Li’s arm lightly)

Han Jie!

LEGO LI

Oh, Han Jie!

Lego Li laughs in embarrassment as he puts his head in his palm in shame for forgetting his own character’s name.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Lego Li)

Embarrassed! Embarrassed! Embarrassed!

ALLISON LIN

Something wrong with you? Did you have the sun bake your head?

LEGO LI

(laughs in embarrassment)

Yes. Baked.

ALLISON LIN

Yes, today we got baked by the sun.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Fashionable oversleeve. Look!

Allison Lin points to Lego Li’s arm and indicates the difference of colour between his Lego Li’s upperarm and forearm.

ALLISON LIN

That’s right. Look at it. It’s darkened.

(NB: there was more said, but we couldn’t catch it.)

LEGO LI

Yeah, darkened.

Lego Li gets back to the topic he initially started talking about: Fang Xiao Rou and his character’s meeting.

LEGO LI (CONT’D)

The first meeting for Han Jie and her is at a seaside. And so, this will influence our interactions at school in the the later episodes. Because from the get go, it was a…

Allison Lin takes over in describing their character’s relationship. As Allison speaks, Lego Li is using his hands to demonstrate the things Allison Lin is talking about, something that looks like he’s casting his fishing line and then a pen-scribbling action with his right hand.

ALLISON LIN

I saw him as a scoundrel and then ___ graceful. And then there was some person up to something.

(Note: Allison Lin was speaking very fast. There were no Chinese subtitles except for two on-screen texts that didn’t help us with translating this line accurately.)

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Prince Sea Fishing seized.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

It’s animosity in the first episode. Quarrelsome couple.

ALLISON LIN

Right at the beginning, this is the type of attraction the two have.

Lego Li nods and makes sounds of agreement to Allison’s explanation.

BUILDING CORRIDOR Lego Li and Allison Lin

LEGO LI

Today was the show’s first episode. Please do look forward to Episode 2.

(Intermission)

Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot

SCHOOL LIBRARY Ben Wu, Hong Yan Xiang and Su Xiao Xuan

Filming the opening credits: Wang Mai Zhi (Ben Wu) is hiding behind a library shelf waiting for Liu Xuan (Su Xiao Xuan) to come to his row. When Liu Xuan does, he pushes a book with a heart-shaped note in it towards her; however, Ma Chong Sheng (Hong Yan Xiang) ruins his careful planning as Ma Chong Sheng picks the book up before Liu Xuan does and takes her away somewhere.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

I’m taking you somewhere.

Wang Mai Zhi slaps his knee in disappointment in light of his plans being ruined.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Wang Mai Zhi’s expression)

Fuming!

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Wang Zhi’s thoughts)

Why do you go with others so easily?

Wang Mai Zhi gets up and leaves.

SCHOOL LIBRARY Ben Wu, Hong Yan Xiang, Su Xiao Xuan

Ben Wu talks to the camera about the scene for the opening credits that they just filmed.

BEN WU

(to Hong Yan Xiang)

Bastard!!

Hong Yan Xiang hold up a peace sign to Ben Wu’s playful name calling.

BEN WU

(imitates Hong Yan Xiang’s lines)

I’m taking you somewhere.

Ben Wu reenacts the scene where Hong Yan Xiang’s character takes Su Xiao Xuan’s character away.

BEN WU

(in disbelief)

And then she leaves!

Hong Yan Xiang interrupts and explains himself. As he begins to do so, Su Xiao Xuan is hiding herself behind a book she has in her hands.

HONG YAN XIANG

It wasn’t like that. During the part “I’m taking you somewhere”, I hadn’t extended my hand. She already had her hand out.

Ben Wu laughs hard.

BEN WU

(to Su Xiao Xuan)

You’re really enthusiastic! You shouldn’t be like this! You have to wait for him to drag you!

Su Xiao Xuan jumps about in embarrassment.

SU XIAO XUAN

How purposeful…

INTERVIEWER

Though the camera wasn’t brought over here, but we saw it from our side.

SCHOOL KITCHEN Ben Wu, Jarvis, Winnie Wu

Ben Wu are with two of his co-stars playing with shell pasta and hearing the sound coming from them when placed next to the ear.

BEN WU

(singing)

Hear the cry of the sea.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Shell pasta can also be fun.

JARVIS

There’s really is a crying sound!

Ben Wu was in the midst of leaving, but comes upon hearing his Jarvis mention about the shell pasta having a crying sound. He goes to Winnie Wu with a shell pasta by her ear.

BEN WU

Let me have a listen one more time.

Ben Wu takes the hand of Winnie Wu with the shell pasta and puts it by his ear. He drags her along with him as he listens and sings.

BEN WU

(singing)

Practise love!

SCHOOL KITCHEN Jarvis, Ben Wu, Su Xiao Xuan and Winnie Wu.

Jarvis is next to his co-stars in the cooking uniform we see in the opening credits. Whilst his other three co-stars are being instructed, he’s playing for the camera with a flipper utensil in his hands doing chops and slices with it.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Is that a fighting technique? Playing by yourself is fun. Playing a lot.

Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot

SCHOOL KITCHEN Ben Wu, Lego Li, Allison Lin, Hong Yan Xiang, Zhang Luo Ti, Jarvis and Calvin Lee

Filming the potato peeling scene of Episode 1: Wang Mai Zhi (Ben Wu), Ma Chong Sheng (Hong Yan Xiang), Tang Hao (Zhang Luo Ti) and Kong Meng Zhe (Jarvis) are behind the kitchen station before Han Jie (Lego Li) and Fang Xiao Rou (Allison Lin). Wang Mai Zhi is unimpressed with Han Jie’s task of peeling three potatoes in 20 minutes.

WANG MAI ZHI

How can this be possible?

Kong Meng Zhe puts a hand on Wang Mai Zhi’s shoulder to stop him from continuing with his back talk. Meanwhile, Fang Xiao Rou takes Han Jie by the arm and pulls him away from the group.

FANG XIAO ROU

Teacher Han.

Han Jie keeps his eyes on Wang Mai Zhi as he extends a hand with his stopwatch, telling him that he is about to start the stopwatch.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Acting. Acting. Acting.

Allison Lin suddenly looks worried as her eyes look down upon the knife and potato in Lego Li’s hands that is slowly looking dangerously close to cutting his hand.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Allison Lin’s worried expression)

Be careful. Your knife!

ON-SCREEN TEXT

The other camera films it.

Han Jie presses the stopwatch. Filming stops.

ALLISON LIN

(to the camera)

Dangerous!

Lego Li finally looks down at the knife in his hand.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Has only discovered the hand is holding a sharp knife.

Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot

SCHOOL KITCHEN Lego Li, Allison Lin, Hong Yan Xiang, Ben Wu, Zhang Luo Ti and Jarvis.

Filming the potato carving scene where Ma Chong Sheng shows Han Jie that he can also carve characters on potatoes.

MA CHONG SHENG

Peeling is nothing. I can carve characters.

Hong Yan Xiang starts to pretend to carve the potato with a knife.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Watch me. Confidence. Dig.

Zhang Luo Ti looks at the camera not impressed at the fake carving his co-star is doing.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Zhang Luo Ti’s look)

An expert should do it.

Hong Yan Xiang looks at the camera and he smiles.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Hong Yan Xiang’s look)

Self-conscious smile as he pretends to carve.

Camera pans to Lego Li and Allison Lin. Lego Li takes out a thin white stick-like object and begins to carve an imaginary potato in his hand as Allison Lin watches on.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

I’m the expert! Dig dig dig.

Lego Li turns to Allison Lin and flicks an imaginary potato flesh in her direction.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

I’m flicking.

Allison Lin looks to Lego Li, surprised. She wipes it off her face.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Allison Lin’s reaction)

Huh? Wipe.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to the playing between Lego Li and Allison Lin)

These two have an extremely great rapport with each other…

Lego Li plays again. Allison Lin reacts again.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Lego Li’s action)

Flick again.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Allison Lin’s reaction)

Wipe again.

Lego Li plays one last time. Allison Lin reacts once more.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Lego Li’s playing again)

Catch the final one!

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Allison Lin’s reaction)

We agreed to not get the face.

DIRECTOR

Shooting Lego now.

Lego Li stops playing. He puts his pen-like object away into his trouser pocket.

Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot

SCHOOL KITCHEN Lego Li, Duncan Chow and co.

Filming the opening credits: Lego Li and Duncan Chow are facing each other as a row of students on each side. Lego Li as Han Jie and Duncan Chow as Wen Zhen Yu are playfully staring each other down.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Cast eyes. Cast eyes. Cast eyes. Cast eyes.

Duncan Chow breaks off the stare first. He laughs.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

And then in the end, the two love rivals come in quietly…

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Cameraman: And then they kiss.

SCHOOL KITCHEN Duncan Chow

Duncan Chow is at a kitchen bench. He has his fist in a bowl of flour.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Is it important to touch the flour?

Duncan Chow brings that fist he has in the flour and begins to perform some martial arts moves for the camera.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Handsome!

DUNCAN CHOW

Culinary School 107th class.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

How did the number come about?

Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot

SCHOOL KITCHEN Allison Lin, Lego Li and Duncan Chow

Duncan Chow and Lego Li are hosts of a pretend host show interviewing Allison Lin—a pretend rising pop star.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Talking about the programme amongst themselves.

Lego Li is adjusting his voice up and down as he plays host.

LEGO LI

In the music industry, there is a rising star—Allison Lin!

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Award winning and charming voice.

ALLISON LIN

Who? Who’s that? Who’s this person?

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Allison Lin)

Pretends not to know.

Whilst Allison Lin is trying to hide herself in her hands, Lego Li continues.

LEGO LI

The title song.

The pretend programme begins. Duncan Chow greets Allison Lin the popstar.

DUNCAN CHOW

(polite and shyly)

Hello.

DUNCAN CHOW

Please to meet you, Host.

Duncan Chow takes Allison Lin’s hands and smiles giddily like a fan.

DUNCAN CHOW

I’ve listened to your songs from childhood till now.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Time flies…

(NB: Duncan Chow has gone from childhood to adulthood in a matter of when this rising star was made and hence the comment!)

Lego Li turns to the side and laughs at Duncan Chow’s funny words. He then goes back to being host. Lego Li holds a hand out a camera in front of them.

LEGO LI

Introduce your new album to the viewers.

ON-SCREEN

The three of them are very in sync with each other.

ALLISON LIN

___ continuing the recollection of Teresa Teng and cover her songs.

(NB: Interfering background noise and no Chinese subtitles made it difficult to translate the entire line.)

LEGO LI

What made you think of doing this sort of recollection?

Allison Lin begins answering Lego Li’s question, but Duncan Chow interrupts her.

DUNCAN CHOW

Does it have something to do with your age?

ON-SCREEN TEXT

A host who ask the sharp questions.

The mischievous question from Duncan Chow has himself and Lego Li laughing.

ALLISON LIN

(laughing)

It has nothing to do with my age! The main thing is that I really love her. Presently, we don’t listen to these kind of things.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Playing so seriously.

ALLISON LIN

So I hope we can bring back re-engraved duplicate version and bring her back.

Allison Lin seems to have said the wrong word. Lego Li notices and goes to correct her.

LEGO LI

Re-engrave duplicate version?

ALLISON LIN

Right!

Allison Lin catches on to her mistake.

ALLISON LIN

(bursts into laughter from embarrassment)

Retro version!

ON-SCREEN TEXT

The hosting programme hasn’t ended. Let’s continue watching.

LEGO LI

From this, you can see that our Allison Lin is fairly candid. It’s really cute. Not one bit pretentiousness.

Duncan Chow does the hand swipe over the hair like how the nerdy teacher, Zhi Chao Li does it on the show.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(in response to Duncan Chow’s action)

Cool cool.

Duncan Chow interjects and resumes the pretend hosting.

DUNCAN CHOW

So the song you brought along today for us is… So it Seems We Don’t Want Anything, right?

Both Duncan Chow and Lego Li enjoy yet another of Duncan Chow’s mischievous question, laughing as Allison Lin gives a serious response.

ALLISON LIN

(to the camera)

That’s Zhang Hui Mo, though. I was talking about Teresa Teng.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

You’ve confused it all up, hosts!

The footage cuts to Allison Lin introducing her song to the camera.

ALLISON LIN

It’s called, Baby One More Time.

Allison Lin bursts out laughing at the song she announced.

DUNCAN CHOW

Ok. Let’s hear it!

LEGO LI

Let’s give a warm applause for Allison Lin’s Baby One More Time!

Lego Li heads out of shot, giving the stage to Allison Lin. Duncan Chow does the same.

ALLISON LIN

(laughing)

Why has it turned into such a situation?!

ON-SCREEN TEXT

(referring to Allison Lin’s situation)

Crumble and fall.

SCHOOL KITCHEN Lego Li and Duncan Chow

Allison Lin has gone elsewhere. Lego Li and Duncan Chow are still playing the role of hosts of a pretend host show.

LEGO LI

Miss Allison also had not forgotten to bring along her daughter to the workplace to practise English.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Daughter? Loves to joke.

LEGO LI

Learning…

Lego Li gets interrupted by Duncan Chow.

DUNCAN CHOW

Is it good to drink?

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Is the host sending an advertisement?

LEGO LI

哩拎跨賣丟哉

(NB: Unable to translate.)

Duncan Chow laughs.

LEGO LI

I’m very energetic.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Who’s energetic?

DUNCAN CHOW

Italy.

(NB: The first two syllables of Italy sounds the same as what Lego Li said hence the comment from Duncan Chow.)

Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot

SCHOOL KITCHEN Allison Lin and Su Xiao Xuan.

Allison Lin is sitting with Su Xiao Xuan by the oven, conversing in English.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

LIVE Allison practising English with her daughter.

ALLISON LIN

What year were you born?

SU XIAO XUAN

I was in 1997.

ALLISON LIN

97?

SU XIAO XUAN

Yeah.

ALLISON LIN

Oh.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Language speaking time.

SU XIAO XUAN

I’m a Virgo.

ALLISON LIN

You’re a Virgo. We have to watch out. She’s a Virgo. She’s a Virgo!!!

SU XIAO XUAN

Virgos are pretty good.

ALLISON LIN

(imitates Su Xiao Xuan)

Virgos are pretty good.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

The foreign Liu Xuan is really too cute!

Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot
Love Cuisine Behind the Scenes Screenshot

SCHOOL KITCHEN Duncan Chow and Lego Li

Back to Lego Li and Duncan Chow playing the role of hosts of a pretend host show. They are coming back from an intermission and Duncan Chow is counting down to come back on air again.

DUNCAN CHOW

4, 3, 2, 1. Hello.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Still continuing to play.

LEGO LI

Viewers, hello everyone. Welcome back to the show, on location. In this segment, Allison has come with an additional song.

Cuts to Allison Lin entering back into the pretend host show.

ALLISON LIN

Hi, everyone.

ON-SCREEN TEXT

Sweet pop princess returns.

Allison Lin suddenly screams, realising the pretend host show is still going on. Allison Lin flees from the area.

ALLISON LIN

___ I thought this was finished and so I came back. ___ I’m really scared.

(NB: Sorry couldn’t get this part fully with no Chinese subtitles available :o( :o(.)

Julia and Tania Comments:

This BTS was rather uneventful. Are the BTSs for the first episode like this where there’s not a lot of dialogue happening from the actors/actresses? We don’t watch BTSs—this is the first one we’ve watched—and it was quite subdued. We were expecting a bit more candid talking from this BTS. But it almost felt (a lot) scripted. Saying that though, we did enjoy the part where Lego Li and Allison Lin were playing the noughts and crosses game. It was so cute when Lego Li calls Allison Lin over with ‘Sweetheart’. Cute! Another cool part is when Lego Li was concerned when Allison Lin looked lethargic when she was talking about having finished filming for the day.

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