Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 67
There was a reason why the former chef submissively stepped down, even though the abrupt change of head chef could have turned into a nasty feud. That’s because the deputy chef could not produce dishes worthy of being served in a banquet for invited guests. Apparently, Li Min did not bring his guests into the mansion, and if he needed to entertain them, he would bring them to a restaurant outside.
Not only that, Li Min himself usually didn’t eat in the mansion, so the kitchen was instead dedicated to making the meals of the servants.
The deputy chef was also hired for that purpose.
However, everything must change now that Princess Pan was wedded over.
They must prepare dishes of a different caliber, and guests would also surely come.
The current head chef was employed hastily because of this.
He had been working in a high level restaurant until that time.
However, even if the deputy chef understood the reasoning behind this, it didn’t mean that his dissatisfaction would disappear.
The contentious atmosphere was not limited in the kitchen only.
Just like the head chef, there were also employees that Princess Pan had brought with her when she was married into the family.
The original servants couldn’t help but feel resentment against the changes.
‘Lord Li Min had been almost always absent from the mansion before they were married, so the servants were used to doing whatever they wanted, huh.’
Thus, they said that they didn’t want to be told by outsiders who had popped out of nowhere about being mindful of how they receive the customers, or refraining from behaving in a manner that would shame the Huang family.
“I know it’s weird coming from me, but the servants of this mansion weren’t used to receiving guests from the outside, right? Why didn’t they just replace all the personnel of the mansion instead of just the people in charge? It’ll be less troublesome that way.”
Yui Mei asked when they reached a deserted place on their way back from the kitchen.
Because Kai had a huge harbor within its territory, the residence of the people who governed this land can be considered as the embassy of her previous world.
Although they had been entertaining the guests in a different restaurant previously, they could not continue doing so because Princess Pan was here.
Wouldn’t it be better to just fire these narrow-minded people, especially since the residence would now receive guests with varied backgrounds.
If this continued on, the invited esteemed guests might go home offended and distrustful.
Li Yong glanced at Yui Mei as she knit her brows because of the bleak prospect of this situation.
“Going back to our previous conversation — In normal circumstances, the one who should manage the mansion should be Princess Pan, the bride. However, because the servants are looking down at the royal family and the city residents, I don’t think they’ll obediently follow.”
“Well, you have a point.”
Yui Mei also agreed to what Li Yong said. It’s extremely difficult to make use of people who are prejudiced right from the start.
That’s why the princess also felt so pressured.
‘But, in that case, Princess Pan’s pitiable since it’ll be considered her fault.’
Yui Mei was deep in thought, when Li Yong followed up with “But —”
“If we’re diving into the details, it should be Lord Li MIn’s role, because he was the one who requested this marriage from the Emperor, all the more because it was the Huang family who started it.”
Yui Mei’s eyes widened in surprise.
“Eh, so it’s true that this marriage talk didn’t come from the Emperor?”
“Yeah, that’s right. I remember how Grand Duke Huang abruptly requested an audience from the Emperor, and how hastily this proceeded.”
Even if the princess told them this story, Yui Mei thought that there must’ve been someone pulling the strings behind the scene, so she did not expect that it was true.
“That’s the circumstances, so they should’ve completed all the preparations to receive the bride, and the people in the mansion should’ve been arranged properly. However, after seeing this predicament, it’s only natural that Lord Li Min’s management is being questioned.”
Yui Mei couldn’t find a single reason to refute Li Yong’s scathing remarks.
“He seemed like a nice person when we talked to him earlier, though.”
Li Yong glared at her when he heard her words.
“Virtue and capability don’t always come hand in hand. In the first place, Yui Mei, have you ever seen such vulgar court ladies in the Crown Prince’s palace?”
Yui Mei sank again in deep thought, then she shook her head after a moment.
She visited the crown prince’s palace a few times already, but no one directly threw spiteful words at her right in the face, even if she could see unfamiliar court ladies whispering in the shadows.
That’s because even if Yui Mei was just a mere court lady, she was still the crown prince’s guest.
If they couldn’t even bear that in mind, they shouldn’t have worked as court ladies in the first place.
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