Manga: Kitchen Princess

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 Del Rey.

The artist, Natsumi Ando, also wrote and drew Arisa.


This series contains examples of:

  • All of the Other Reindeer: 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.
  • Alpha Bitch: Popular model Akane constantly frames Najika for things that weren't her fault. The Wounded Gazelle Gambit is one of her favorite cards to play, and her posse falls for it every time.
  • Big Eater: 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.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Fujita. He may look and act like a complete slacker but he is actually a very talented chef.
  • Contrived Clumsiness: Akane seems nice, but she's actually a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. 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.
  • Cooking Duel: The literal version, multiple times.
  • Cool Old Lady: Hagio-sensei could count.
  • Cry Cute: Just try to find a chapter where Najika doesn't burst into tears. Some chapters are more justified than others.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Najika.
  • Deconstructed Trope: Sora is this to the Satellite Love Interest. He's supportive of Najika no matter what, and knows just what to say to help cheer her up... and then it's revealed he was told to get close to her to further the director's goals. However, he reveals that he really did fall for Najika, showing his Hidden Depths and Becoming the Mask.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: In a sense with Akane and Seiya.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Sora's death leaves Najika so traumatized that she loses her sense of taste. Thankfully, she got better.
  • Driven to Suicide: This is 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. 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.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Sora.
    • Knowing that this was planned from the very beginning is of little condolence.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • First Guy Wins: The Flan Prince, who turns out to be Daichi.
  • Food Porn: well duh...
  • Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: Subverted with Seiya who appears after Sora's death looking exactly like Sora and later tries to romance Najika. However Seiya is a complete Jerk Ass and Najika is understandably traumatized.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Najika, some of the time.
  • Hair Contrast Duo: 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 Character Development.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Fujita certainly does in some of the ImagineSpots and for real when the PTA tries to shut the diner down.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Akane, as well as Seiya to some extent.
  • Heroic BSOD: Najika after 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 he indirectly caused his mother's death and that he had been blaming Sora and their father when he remarried.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Daichi and Sora's mother.
  • Identical Stranger: Seiya looks very similar to Sora. Even Najika and Daichi mistook him for Sora the first time they met.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All the manga chapters are titled "Najika and [food]."
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: Many of the chefs make these.
  • Lethal Chef: 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.
  • 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.
  • Pair the Spares: Akane and Seiya as of the bonus chapter of the last volume.
  • Photographic Memory: Najika can remember the taste of any food.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Daichi kisses Najika, but later denies that it meant anything and claims he was only trying to one-up his brother. Which is a lie. Najika then runs off crying because it was her first kiss.
  • Supreme Chef: Najika, of course. Later comes Seiya, and Fujita even used to work at a three-star Parisian restaurant.
  • Teen Idol: Akane.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Daichi suffered this after his mother's death, forgetting what happened and about going to Hokkaido entirely.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: 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 good relationship with both of them.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Najika asks this of Sora after finding out she was being used by him and the director.