Bread, Love and Dreams is about Kim Tak Goo is the eldest son of Goo In Jong, the president of Samhwa Enterprise, a legend in the baking industry. Although he is an extremely talented baker and seemed destined to succeed his father as president, Goo In Jong’s family plotted to rob him of his inheritance because he was born to In Jong’s mistress. Tak Goo’s determination to become number one in the baking industry drives him to rebuild his career from scratch despite the many trials he faces.
- Drama: Bread, Love and Dreams (English title) / King of Baking, Kim Tak-Goo (literal title)
- Revised romanization: Jeppangwang Kim Tak Goo
- Hangul: 제빵왕 김탁구
- Director: Lee Jung-Sub
- Writer: Kang Eun-Kyung
- Network: KBS2
- Episodes: 30
- Release Date: June 9 – September 16, 2010
- Runtime: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
“Bread, Love and Dreams” covers the life of Kim Tak-Gu from the 1970’s until the late 1980’s as he becomes one of the most successful bakers in all of Korea.
The president of Geosung baking company Koo Il-joong (Jeon Kwang-Leol) loved Kim Mi-soon (Jeon Mi-Sun), but Koo Il-joong’s mother was against their relationship. Because of this, and as a marriage of convenience, Koo Il-Joong instead married Suh In-sook (Jeon In-Hwa). They had two daughters, Ja-kyung and Ja-rim, but no sons. Sometime later, Il-joong has an extra-marital affair with his true love Mi-Soon and they conceive a son, who will later be named Tak-gu.
Meanwhile, In-sook is afraid that Tak-gu may one day become the heir to the Geosung baking company, In-Sook then seduces the company’s Chief Secretary Han Seung-jae (Jung Sung-Mo) and they conceive a son who will later be named Ma-joon (Ju Won). Years later, on a rainy evening, Koo Il-joong’s mother overhears a conversation between Han Seung-Jae and In-sook. She collapses and dies. During this time In-sook loses her bracelet and her son Ma-joon is there to retrieve it. Ma-Joon now knows who his real father is.
Meanwhile to protect Kim Mi-Soon and Tak-gu, Koo Il-Joong orders a man named Jin-Goo (Park Seong-Woong) to kidnap them. Seo In-Suk and Han Seung-Jae attempts to kill Tak-gu, but he is fortunate enough to escape. Tak-gu then meets his lifelong mentor Pal-Bong (Jang Hang-Seon) , who runs Palbong Bakery.
Tak-gu first met Yoo-kyung (Yu Jin) when they were children. She lived through a difficult childhood, with an abusive father and having little money. Yoo-kyung learned to smile for the first time when they met, but when Tak-gu goes to Koo Il-joong’s house as the first son they separated. 12 years later they meet again and their love is rekindled. Nevertheless, Yoo-kyung now believes that love is nothing when compared to money and power and because of this she leaves Tak-gu to marry Ma-joon instead.
- Bread, Love and Dreams Torrent Files takes over the KBS2 Wed. & Thurs 21:55 time slot previously occupied by “Cinderella’s Sister” and followed by “The Fugitive: Plan B” on September 29, 2010.