Chicken Soup for the Restless Soul


Kris spent long, tough years training to pass his master sommelier test.  It cost him his wife, and left him balancing life as a single father.  So, of course, he takes his job - and his life - very seriously.  On the flipside is their newest hire, some little punk named Tao who smokes heavily, cusses like a sailor, and plays loud and inappropriate hiphop in the kitchens.  So... how the hell does someone like that cook something like that?



Beta: exotaobias16

Poster Credit: blacksodaholes

Research and reference (aka here's a real chef who graciously offered advice and help with all the dishes and the details): audere

Thank you all SO, SO MUCH!



Smoker!Tao, BAMF!Tao, Father!Kris, Tsundere!Kris

Based on this twitter thread, and this playlist (to be embedded in the story).

Inspired by the 2014 movie Chef, and the 2012 documentary SOMM.



~9 chapters:

  1. Creamy Pumpkin Risotto with Bacon (X)
  2. Quartered Grilled Plums wrapped in Prosciutto (X)
  3. Turkey Ballotine (X)
  4. Blanquette de Veau (X)
  5. Po Boys (X)
  6. Hazelnut Toffee Coffee (X) [M]
  7. Taro Crepes (X)
  8. Chef's Choice (X)
  9. Chicken Soup (X)



Tumblr: Here

Twitter: Here


Chapter nine is coming out tonight, I'm leaving some gap time between the rereleased chapter 8 and the last chapter, but I'll be updating again tonight

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Chapter 3: This is so freaking beautiful already. I love the way you structure your chapters. and I definitly am weak for single father Kriseus. seriously. this is a masterpiece and I cannot wait to finish reading it. I just felt like I should leave a comment before I keep going, because I tend to leave comments when I am excited about a story and I am definitely exited about this one. Thanks so much and I'll see you when I finish the story. Have a great day and keep up the good work!!
Chapter 9: Why am I crying ;------; This story was so beautyfull !
Chapter 8: You are such an amazing writer - I've been hooked on your stories for such a long time and never get tired of reading them over and over again ♡ Great work!
ramentae #4
just read the description, and i think i'm gonna be loving this book
FanFicLover92 #5
Chapter 9: dunno y I cried so hard reading the last 2chapters... especially at the word "daddy".....
eh_ashlei #6
Chapter 9: I have read this before a few years ago and I don't know why but yesterday I just feel like going through the past Taoris fic when I come across this fic again. So I decided to re-read the fic again from start to finish. And they story was really heartwarming even from second or maybe even third read. It also made me as a reader reflect in my life and what I really wanted, my dreams, and what is home to me. And that is what made it so heartwarming for me. This is definitely one if my favorites TaoRis fic because of how simple but heartwarming and touching it is.

Lastly I hope truly that someday maybe Tao and Kris can be close friends again or that the whole of EXO12 can have a reunion as friends even if not as idols. Ipther were rumors about Tao and Luhan still being close friends to the other EXO members but there were none with Kris. So I hope someday he will made up with the other EXO too especially Tao. I never really followed Kris after he left EXO unlike Luhan and esp. Tao who I still followed and fully support all his projects after leaving but I do wish him the best.
WuEdisonTao #7
Chapter 9: This is my 2nd time reading this and man it hits the right emotional spot again. Such an amazing story ❤️
15 streak #8
Chapter 9: I wasnt planning on crying but Kris's ex wife letter is just sooooo.. Idk. Sad maybe? I was overwhelmed with feels when I read the letter. Other than that, it's all goooood :) this story is good, funny and sweet too ❤
Chapter 9: Awwwwww this is so cute oh my gosh I love it!!!!! :3
Chapter 9: After all these years it's still as good as the first read. I can't put my feeling into words of how relaxing it is to read something so light but will leave you with so much feelings. I gave up my lil hope for tao and kris yknow. But this kind of fic, along with the other old taoris classic fics, just won't let the fire in me die. It's like the foods in the story, how they bring you back to both the ups and downs of your memory lane. I hope the fire in me keeps burning even how little it may be as long as it keeps me warm when i travel back to the past of how taoris was a home for a certain time once in my life.