There are things that never go out of style or will never go out of style because there will always be someone willing to consume them. Some of that happens with period soap operas, a genre that is prevalent in the cinema and that continues to squeeze television, with series that top the rankings of visualizations in services of streaming.

After the recent success of Bridgerton and others not so far away, like The charity bazaar O Knights game, Netflix opted for a Spanish blockbuster that in its first available week it is already the most viewed of the platform in Argentina and Mexico.

Is about Castamar’s cook, a romantic drama of 12 episodes, starring Michelle Jenner, Roberto Enríquez and Hugo Silva (one of the protagonists of Paco’s men). This Atresmedia production It is based on the novel of the same name written by Fernando J. Múñez.


Castamar’s cook, the new Spanish soap opera that is a hit on Netflix.

Set in Madrid in 1720, the plot is centered on Clara Belmonte (Michelle Jenner), an agoraphobic cook who eI started to work in Castamar’s kitchen fleeing from a painful past, marked by the death of his father, accused of treason.

In the palace she falls in love with Diego, the Duke of Castamar (Roberto Enríquez), who has just become a widower. But, in times of labels, realizing that love will not be easy because both they come from very different social classes.


On the other hand, doña Mercedes (Fiorella Faltoyano), Diego’s mother, wants him to marry the noble Amelia Castro (María Hervás), so that the dukedom may have offspring. Added to this is the intervention of the Marquis de Soto, Enrique de Arcona (Hugo Silva), who behind the role of collaborator and confidant of Doña Mercedes hides a plan to take revenge on Diego.

A week after its premiere, La cocinera de Castamar heads the top 10 of the most viewed on Netflix Argentina.

A week after its premiere, La cocinera de Castamar heads the top 10 of the most viewed on Netflix Argentina.

Palace intrigues and sex

The story takes place inside the Castamar palace, which except for Don Diego and his mother, is mostly inhabited by servants. Like all period productions, palace intrigues, conspiracies, and power plays to advance socially function as secondary plots to that link that from the outset seems impossible to consummate.

Eroticism is another of the great protagonists of the series. But, unlike other productions of aristocratic times that tend to transit the sexual from a traditional perspective, this fiction deals with homosexual encounters, threesomes and sneaky encounters. Of course, the scenes are not as explicit as in Bridgerton.

Clara Belmonte and Diego de Castamar, the forbidden romance in the Spanish soap opera that premiered on Atresplayer and Antena 3.

Clara Belmonte and Diego de Castamar, the forbidden romance in the Spanish soap opera that premiered on Atresplayer and Antena 3.

Castamar’s cook was recorded in the middle of a pandemic. But that does not seem to have affected the level of production and settings, another of the series’ strong points. “Building Castamar in different places, but making them seem like a whole, has been the biggest challenge,” Paco Úbeda, head of locations, told the Spanish site. Ten minutes.

Úbeda also explained that he toured various places since August 2020 to find the spaces. And that the shots seen in and around Castamar were made in different palaces in Madrid and Seville.

Will there be a second season?

As it happened with The Money Heist and so many Spanish series that became popular on Antena 3 –The Cook… premiered first on the Atresmedia streaming platform-, Netflix bought the rights to this hit, which was seen by more than 2 million viewers per episode on open TV.

The scenarios, another of the attractions of the most watched series on Netflix.

The scenarios, another of the attractions of the most watched series on Netflix.

From this global jump through Netflix, many fans of the series began to wonder if there could be a second season.

“It’s sad to say goodbye to a character, to a story that has made you live and learn many things,” Jenner told Antena 3 before the end. “It is a feat and we have achieved it,” added the actress, alluding to the pandemic filming.

Roberto Enríquez declared: “I am very happy and sad at the same time to finish, these last days they always have this strange mix.” Both protagonists They hinted that they will no longer wear Clara and Diego’s suits.

Michelle Jenner is Castamar's cook, the maid who falls in love with the aristocrat.

Michelle Jenner is Castamar’s cook, the maid who falls in love with the aristocrat.

If that is not enough to convince the fans of this story, it is worth remembering that the book does not have a continuation, narrowing the chances of a second season. It remains to be seen if the creator and screenwriter Tatiana Rodríguez imagines a sequel.

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