Cooking with Love

6.61 h 25 min2018ALL
A Hallmark Channel original movie. Optimistic and cheerful TV producer, Kelly, doesn't have time for love. Bad boy celebrity chef, Stephen, doesn't have time for anything besides cooking.
Jem Garrard
Ali LiebertBrett DaltonJanet Kidder
English [CC]
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Available on August 23, 2022 4:00 AM EDT

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Kimberley Sustad
Sebastian BattroTom BerryMichele FutermanBreanne HartleyJess HavistoLindsey HuchowskiGilles LaPlanteAndrew LichtAli Liebert
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3.8 out of 5 stars

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Guy B.Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny, Entertaining and Heartwarming
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When I added this to my watch list, it had no reviews. Then tonight, I saw that it had one review that gave it one star. My wife and I chose to watch it anyway. We found it funny and thoroughly entertaining. It has some tender, heartwarming moments related to showing love and support for young children pursuing their dreams. After reading the one star review, I asked myself if we had watched the same movie. My experience has been that, in most cases, the bad reviews tell me more about the reviewer than they do about the subject under review. That generalization held true here. Try it, and see if you like it. I strongly recommend watching it.
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MarieReviewed in the United States on June 30, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Casting Mismatch
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The romantic leads clash instantly-- Pedantic Control Freak vs. High Strung Angry Artiste.

What producer would hire a famous chef and then try to dictate every detail of his dress and menu? He presumably did not reach the level of accomplishment and fame by taking orders from a functionary control freak.

This was too unpleasant to watch very long. No way these two could have a romance.
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Uncle WickReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
feud to fondness
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2018 (not 2021) Writers: Justine Cogan Gunn, Marcy Holland; Starring: Ali Liebert, Brett Dalton, Janet Kidder, Kimberley Sustad.

Kelly (Ali Liebert) really shines as the producer/director of a children's cooking show. Some drama in the workplace, as there always is, but the story is between Kelly and a replacement for the show's chef. Hot-headed chef Stephen (Brett Dalton) is brought in as a last-minute replacement and, a feud to fondness ensues.
Cindy V.Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet, feel good movie
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This movie is a great reminder of the simple things in life that are most precious.
CsauerReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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lovely and sweet movie that made me want more
StephanieReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
no no no
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just bad !!!
James N SimpsonReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Real Chef is Asked to Host a Kids' Cooking Game Show, He Expects it to Be Done Right
Although still very predictable, got to hand to Hallmark, at least this one's different to the usual storyline. This time round we're on set in Brooklyn or somewhere like that, where a not many episode TV cooking show with child contestants is filmed. The main production woman is moving onto bigger and better things. Her assistant Kelly (Ali Liebert - Bomb Girls), a producer for the show, is sad to see her go but sees this as an opportunity to get her job. But on the first day of the new season the old lady host hurts her back, you know how in cartoons a character will bend over then grab their back with one arm and not be able to straighten up. Yeah that happens. This delays shooting, and in a crisis meeting a young guy is introduced by the studio big wig, he'll save the day as a producer. But I'm the producer she says. Yeah you still are, but this wonderkid is here to give you a hand and give you advice. Wonderkid already has lined up a replacement chef, trying to stay relevant she blurts out well why don't we go with some other celebrity chef. Wonderkid rolls his eyes and says yeah the guy who got 500 000 hits on a video of him losing it and pouring food over a critic dining at his restaurant? Big wig says 500 000 hits, that's 499 000 more viewers than this show has ever had. Good work Kelly, he's our new host. Kelly just made herself an enemy.

No one of course ever bothered to ask Stephen (Brett Dalton - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) if he wanted to host a kid cooking show. He definitely does not. Besides he's about to go on a national book signing tour for his new cook book. But his agent lets him know, yeah about that. The tour is on hold due to that online video, publishers don't like that image. This cooking show might you know, turn that around and get the book published. So he turns up on set and isn't have any substandard cooking utensils in his kitchen. Kelly doesn't understand the problem with using the substandard stuff, the old lady had no problem with it. Stephen also refuses to wear a toque blanche, especially when Kelly keeps referring to it as a hat. He also isn't impressed with the unnutritional food the kids will be cooking and wants to decide on what they will make. In Kelly's eyes he is a nightmare diva. It doesn't really make any sense why she suggested him in the first place, but anyway. To make matters worse wonderkid sides with the chef on every complaint. How is she going to get the show filmed let alone impress to get her boss' job when everyone isn't just doing what she tells them to?

But it's not a bad movie. Yeah you know the hostility isn't going to still be around when the credits roll and you also know what is going to happen before that, the title sort of gives that away. There are some issues like there were six kid contestants but we only get to know two. Even with three episodes to go Kelly's suggestion of shooting at kids' parents' workplaces means they didn't even for the show bother with the other four kids. Should have probably said seven episodes to go and if Hallmark couldn't afford to film them or fit them into 90 minutes maybe just mention which kid won those episodes. Kelly also yells cut loudly behind the camera a few times during a live to air final. If cut is even said at all in a live filming surely it's done in the editing room into a microphone attached to ear pieces of crew and contestants. Spoilers - the old Hallmark question of give up your career for love or have a career and miss out on living with the person you've literally just decided you want to date, well why didn't they just have him go to LA for his new show and insist through his agent that the producer from this show is a producer on the new one since he works well meeting his needs (doesn't have to mention they include bedroom ones). I mean both of their careers would benefit from that.

Note - There is no Gordon Ramsay type character in this movie. There's no swearing at contestants or at anyone else or any tantrums thrown by the chef character. He just insists proper food is made by contestants and the use proper equipment.
H. BalaReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brett Dalton channels Gordon Ramsay in a Hallmark rom-com
6 out of 5 stars for Cooking with Love, and I savvy that it's kooky math, but what of it? I love this movie and the two leads in it. Even buttons think Ali Liebert is cute. And Brett Dalton is so embedded in my brain as Ward from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that it's a kick to see him play some other role. Cooking with Love is part of Hallmark's Countdown to Valentine's Day slate of movies for 2018, and I rate it as best of the lot.

New Yorker Kelly Mader (Liebert) has got no time for romance, no time even for speed-dating. She's so caught up in producing the kids' cooking show, The Little Gourmet. But even her unsinkable optimism and people person skills get challenged when the show's host, Chef Betty, slips a disc on her back and is sidelined for four to six weeks. With the new season about to start! Oh, what to do?

Some plot spoilers now.

It's where Stephen Harris (Dalton) comes in, reluctantly. Stephen is a two Michelin chef who boasts a line of bestselling cookbooks and operates a thriving upscale restaurant, L'Orange. Except it's not as thriving as first believed. And, oops, Stephen's book-signing tour just got cancelled, what with the publisher having gotten spooked by that viral video of Stephen's dumping messy grub on a food critic's lap, this scandal gaining him the nickname "Hot-Headed Harris." He's told by his agent that he needs to rehabilitate his image. And what better way to do that than by pinch-hitting as the replacement chef for The Little Gourmet? Stephen's odium is palpable.

It's inevitable that Kelly and Stephen embark on an adversarial working relationship. Can even Kelly sustain her upbeat disposition when faced by a demanding, temperamental perfectionist like Stephen? Liebert and Dalton generate amazing chemistry as their characters bicker over, first, his not wanting to wear the poofy chef's hat - excuse me, the toque - and then over the menu of dishes the kid competitors will prepare and cook. See, for three seasons, the show had showcased easy comfort foods like Sloppy Joes because they're what kids love to eat. However, Stephen's high standards compel him to want to challenge the kids, to give them more interesting, more exotic cuisine. Which side do you fall on? Me, I thought the show should arrive at a balance of both comfort foods and exotic cuisine. But what do I know?

Who knew beneath Stephen's exacting front lies a sentimental softie? Well, we all knew, of course. It's Hallmark, and it's too much to ask of them to make Stephen into, say, a demented serial killer. But I got really invested in how Kelly and Stephen's relationship played out. I love the lovely personal stories they confide to each other about how they became who they are today.

Kelly doesn't spend the entire movie reining in her rogue chef. It doesn't mean Stephen is able to sustain his Mr. Nice Guy persona. There's that scene that had me snorting because of how petty - and jealous - Stephen gets when a firefighter coming on to Kelly mispronounces the name of a fancy dish, and Stephen corrects him, prompting Kelly to rebuke Stephen: "Sometimes, being kind is more important than being right." Whatever, Kelly. The scene made me snicker.

Sometimes, Hallmark can't help but to throw in a sneaky conniver into the plot. For this one, it's in the person of ambitious troubleshooter Jeremy Walsh (Preston Vanderslice) who is given co-producing responsibilities with Kelly. See him undermine Kelly at every turn. Thankfully, his schemes don't much get in the way of what I really wanted to see, which is the ongoing interplay between Kelly and Stephen.

The kid actors aren't featured so prominently. Of the competitors in The Little Gourmet, only Cody (Christian Michael Cooper) and Becca (Aria Birch) get significant screen time. They're pretty much there so that when they get down on themselves, either Kelly or Stephen can pick them up and, incidentally, impress the other with how good they are connecting with kids. Liebert and Dalton sell these scenes beautifully, as do the kid actors.

I also dug the show-within-the-show aspect as we get a peek into what makes a show go. As ever, I appreciate it when the movie dives into the cooking elements. It's gratifying to see Stephen doing chef things because sometimes Hallmark will posit that this or that main character is this kind of professional but then fails to show that person doing that job. Anyway, I now know what white pearl onions and a radicchio look like and that a julienne cut is one-eighth of an inch, no more, no less.

It's a solid supporting cast. Even the guy who plays the underhanded Jeremy did his thing. After all, we're supposed to boo him. I liked Janet Kidder who plays Amanda Steele, the show's creator and showrunner and Kelly's mentor. She had down pat that "I'm fair but I'm firm" attitude. It's Amanda's final year ramrodding The Little Gourmet as she's being promoted off the show by the network, thus Jeremy's machinations to take over as showrunner. Meanwhile, I don't think the name of Kelly's friend on the show is ever mentioned, but Kimberly Sustad, the actress who plays her, is a familiar face on Hallmark. Off topic, Kimberly Sustad needs to star in more of these movies.

Finally, it's interesting to learn that Mother's Day - and not Valentine's Day - is the busiest day in a restaurant.

Hallmark's Countdown to Valentine's Day movies for 2018:

- My Secret Valentine (2/3/18)
- Very, Very Valentine (2/10/18)
- Cooking with Love (2/11/18)
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