Chef Victor burns his mouth and can't taste his own food. He asks other cooks for help, but discovers they're lying to him -- with disastrous results. Max finds himself competing with Nastya for the spare room in Kostya's apartment.
Victor prepares for the restaurant's sanitary inspection by organizing a massive kitchen clean-up. Max and Kostya accidentally throw out some rare and expensive truffles. To get them back, they enlist the services of a homeless man.
Max tries to convince Kostya there's nothing going on between him and Nastya. Fedya challenges Max to a "fish duel," while the other cooks bet on a winner. Chef Victor is determined to win the jackpot.
Max has the opportunity to manage the bar, but ends up making a complete mess of it. Vika wants to get Max fired so she provokes a fight between him and the bartender Kostya. The chef loses his favorite knife and refuses to cook.
In order to raise the restaurant's ratings, Vika tries to introduce new rules and a new menu, but Victor wants to keep the status quo. Kostya and Nastya pretend to have an argument, and end up in a real quarrel. Max vies for Vika's attention.
Max prepares a lavish gift for Vika, but gives her an entirely different 'surprise' on her birthday. Nastya asks Kostya to take their relationship to the next level. Chef and his crew get set for season two.
A potential buyer for the restaurant, Igor, comes onto the scene. Victor tries to stop the owner from selling. Max tells Vika he wants an open relationship, but soon has cause to regret he ever mentioned it.
The new chef special turns out not to be Victor's creation, but fellow chef Senya's. The owner and Victor pay a visit to Yelena's restaurant. Max is upset that Vika doesn't want to hang out with Nastya and Kostya.
Victor believes the sudden fire inspection at Claude Monet has been organized by Yelena. In return he tips off the immigration department about illegal workers at Arcobaleno, but ends up paying dearly for it.
Vika asks Max to move in with her. Kostya finds himself home alone with Nastya, but begins to see there's something missing. Victor exploits the devotion of his sous-chefs, ends up creating a "cold war" between them.
Victor ends up too drunk to create a catering banquet for the owner of the restaurant. Max tries to save Victor, and the restaurant's reputation, while also proving to Vika that he's capable of serious culinary achievements.