''Kitchen Princess'' is a {{shoujo}} {{manga}} written by Miyuki Kobayashi and drawn by Natsumi Andō. The story follows Najika Kazami, a cooking student who enrolls at Seika Academy to find her "flan prince", a mysterious boy who rescued her from drowning and fed her the flan in question, and who she believes to be a student at said school. Along the way she meets several hot guys and cooks many delicious desserts. Romance (and recipes) ensue. The series is available in English through Kodansha Comics.

The artist, Natsumi Ando, also wrote and drew ''{{Manga/Arisa}}''.

!!This series contains examples of:
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: A lot of Najika's classmates shuns her after she describes her special talent (the reason she needs to be selected in a special class) as being a big eater.
* AlphaBitch: Popular model Akane constantly frames Najika for things that weren't her fault. The WoundedGazelleGambit is one of her favorite cards to play, and her posse falls for it every time.
%%* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler: Sora]].
* BelligerentSexualTension: Akane and Seiya. Najika and Daichi too at the beginning but they simmer down over time.
* BettyAndVeronica: [[LoveDodecahedron Several. Najika is the Betty to Akane's Veronica in the love triangle between Daichi. Daichi himself is a Veronica to Sora's Betty in regards to Najika being Archie. Then it's Daichi who becomes the Betty as Seiya takes over his space in the love triangle as the Veronica.]]
%%* BigBad: The school's director
* BigEater: Najika. When her classmates asked her about the competitions she had won (a prerequisite for being a member of the special class), she listed down a number of eating competitions, much to her classmates' disgust.
%%* BreakTheCutie: Najika gets hit with quite a bit.
%%* BreakTheHaughty: Akane, Seiya, and the director get hit with this.
* BrilliantButLazy: Fujita. He may look and act like a complete slacker but he is actually a very talented chef.
** As a TimeSkip shows, Daichi can be just as smart and studious as his brother, he mostly chooses not too.
* ContrivedClumsiness: Akane seems nice, but she's actually a BitchInSheepsClothing. While they're eating lunch together, she purposely knocks her own lunch onto her dress, then gets upset and causes her friends to turn on the girl. She also "accidentally" spills Najika's beaten eggs during a cooking competition.
* CookingDuel: The literal version, multiple times.
* CoolOldLady: Hagio-sensei could count.
* CryCute: Just try to find a chapter where Najika doesn't burst into tears. Some chapters are more justified than others.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Najika.
* DeadlyDeferredConversation: Combined with SoHappyTogether for a double whammy. Najika confesses her love to Sora who delays telling her how he feels and as well as something else (([[spoiler: possibly about his mother's death]])) because he doesn't want to distract her before a big competition. [[spoiler: He gets hit by a car not soon after]]
* DeconstructedTrope: Sora is this to the SatelliteLoveInterest. He's supportive of Najika no matter what, and knows just what to say to help cheer her up... and then it's revealed [[spoiler: he was told to get close to her to further the director's goals]]. However, he reveals that [[spoiler: he really ''did'' fall for Najika, showing his HiddenDepths and BecomingTheMask]].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: In a sense with [[AlphaBitch Akane]] and Seiya.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Sora's death]] leaves Najika so traumatized that she loses her sense of taste. Thankfully, she got better.
* DrivenToSuicide: This is [[spoiler: initially]] believed what caused Daichi and Sora's mother's death, taking her own life because her husband worked too much and wasn't home enough. [[spoiler: Turns out this was a rumor made up by the nurses in the hospital that Daichi overheard, having forgotten that his mother sacrificed her life to save Daichi at a construction site.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Sora.]]
** Knowing that this was planned from the ''very beginning'' is of little condolence.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* FirstGuyWins: The Flan Prince, who turns out to be [[spoiler: Daichi]].
* FoodPorn: well duh...
* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: Subverted with Seiya who appears after [[spoiler: Sora's death]] looking exactly like Sora and later tries to romance Najika. However Seiya is a complete JerkAss and Najika is understandably traumatized.
* GirlishPigtails: Najika, some of the time.
* HairContrastDuo: Daichi and Sora. Daichi and Najika but later switched with the blonde, yet moody Seiya and the dark-haired Akane who softens up considerably thanks to CharacterDevelopment.
* HeCleansUpNicely: Fujita certainly does in some of the {{ImagineSpot}}s and for real when the PTA tries to shut the diner down.
* HeelFaceTurn: Akane, as well as Seiya to some extent.
* HeroicBSOD: Najika after [[spoiler: Sora dies, not only blaming herself considering he was out shopping for her at his time of death but that he actually was lying when he said he was her Flan Prince]]. Daichi manages to snap her out of it eventually. He himself gets one later in the series when he found out that [[spoiler: he indirectly caused his mother's death and that he had been blaming Sora and their father when he remarried.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Daichi and Sora's mother.]]
* IdenticalStranger: Seiya looks very similar to Sora. Even Najika and ''Daichi'' mistook him for Sora the first time they met.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All the manga chapters are titled "Najika and [food]."
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: Many of the chefs make these.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
%%** Daichi.
%%** Seiya too, eventually when he gets over himself.
* KidsAreCruel: Najika receives a huge bout of bullying for being an outsider and CountryMouse in a rich and cosmopolitan school.
* LethalChef: Akane can't cook to save her life, and all of her attempts to make a dish would invariably end up as a disaster in the kitchen.
%%* LoveRedeems: Between [[spoiler: Daichi and his father]].
* LoveTriangle: Najika, Sora, Daichi, and Akane make more of a Love Quadrangle. Later Sora is replaced with Seiya.
* MementoMacGuffin: The spoon the Flan Prince gave Najika. Also functions as an OrphansPlotTrinket.
* NiceGuy: Sora is unfailingly nice and kind to Najika. [[spoiler: Turns out to be invoked]]
* {{Omake}}:
** In the form of recipes for some of the desserts and other dishes Najika cooks in the series.
** And there's the occasional 4 panel comic between chapters.
* PairTheSpares: [[spoiler: Akane and Seiya as of the bonus chapter of the last volume.]]
* PhotographicMemory: Najika can remember the taste of any food.
%%* ThePollyanna: Najika. Full stop.
%%* RapunzelHair: Najika, again.
* SacredFirstKiss: Daichi kisses Najika, but later denies that it meant anything and claims he was only trying to one-up his brother. [[spoiler: Which is a lie.]] Najika then runs off crying because it was her first kiss.
%%* SatelliteLoveInterest: Sora seems to be this, but he has HiddenDepths.
* SiblingYinYang: Daichi (a BlackSheep BrilliantButLazy [[BrutalHonesty brutally honest]] {{Tsundere}} athlete) and Sora (TheDutifulSon NiceGuy ElegantClassicalMusician). Invoked as Daichi deliberately cultivated his personality to distance himself from Sora and his dad.
* SupremeChef: Najika, of course. Later comes Seiya, and Fujita even used to work at a three-star Parisian restaurant.
* TeenIdol: Akane, who is a professional teenage model.
%%* TitleDrop: In volume 10.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: [[spoiler: Daichi suffered this after his mother's death, forgetting what happened and about going to Hokkaido entirely]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Akane, Daichi and Seiya towards Najika. (Maybe she has a type?) They all have moments when Najika would be nice to them and then they'd blush and start shouting.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Akane has known Sora and Daichi when all of them were young, and had developed a crush on the latter for the main parts of the story. She ultimately lost him to Najika, though she still manages to keep a good relationship with both of them.
* WasItAllALie: Najika asks this of [[spoiler:Sora]] after finding out she was being used by him and the director.
%%* WellDoneSonGuy: Sora and Daichi both have shades of this.