Cooking Up Love

Cooking Up Love


On a lark, Zoey rents a food truck and enters a reality TV competition. Tiny sparks form between her and the handsome founder of a fast-food chain, but when Zoey finds out he’s a judge in the contest, things quickly fizzle.  Zoey is determined to win impartially, and she suspects ‘Mr.-Too-Good-To-Be-True’ is really after her sauce recipe, not her heart.

Dove Review

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This is a sweet movie about a determined young woman who will not take disappointment as defeat but turns it into redefining who she is and what she stands for.  A light-hearted story with good, believable onscreen chemistry among the cast, and Dove approved for all ages.

Zoey McBride (Rachel Bles) is shocked when her heartfelt, well-prepared healthy food alternative presentation to an important client, Colin Richmond (Stephen Huszar) owner of the famous BBQ Bill’s fast-food chain, is quashed and her boss fires her immediately.  Devastated but not defeated, she convinces her very supportive Grandpa Morgan (Ron Lea), Chef Extraordinaire, to come out of retirement and enter an amateur food truck competition with a prize of $100K!  As she hones her skills and preps her food truck, Colin Richmond, the very man who got Zoey fired, purchases a burger and is over-the-top impressed with Zoey’s BBQ sauce, wanting to know the recipe.  Are you kidding??  Zoey just wishes Colin would disappear and is curt and unfriendly towards him.

Zoey knows that her awesome BBQ sauce is her sure-fire chance of winning this competition. It’s a Channel 5 live broadcast on location, and the food trucks are all lined up with excited participants ready to wow the judges.

As the judges are introduced, everyone applauds with lots of smiles, but when Colin enters the scene as the third judge, Zoey’s smile disappears… this is not likely to be in her favor.  As Colin keeps “checking” on Zoey, there are little sparks flying that Zoey is not willing to acknowledge.  She is cautious…is Colin interested in her, or in her BBQ sauce that could revitalize his fast-food business?

As the elimination process continues, Colin is attentive and Zoey is beginning to trust him, but when an employee from her old boss’s advertising agency, still doing business with Colin, tries to steal her recipe, she is done with trust… and with Colin. 

Colin is in disbelief and knows nothing about why Zoey has turned her back on him.  It will take some serious explanation and action on Colin’s part to win back the woman who has made him rethink his life and will she be able to forgive him, as well as herself?  And will “Livia” play a part in their forever happiness?

A slow simmer throughout this movie creates a bubbling romance!  Beautiful aerial visuals of cityscapes in time-lapsed photography add to the high production values and charm of this well-developed story that will certainly entertain and hold your interest.

The Dove Take

If only cooking up love could be this easy … or is it?  Be a “Zoey” … put yourself first, know who you are, and what you stand for, and save your heart for the person who respects those qualities unconditionally.  

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: Zoey will not compromise her healthy food prep standards and is true to herself; Grandpa supports and encourages unconditionally; Colin will not resort to sabotage to enhance his business and fires the unscrupulous ad agency.
Sex: Woman shows slight cleavage but not for sexual purposes.
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: Wine at a picnic not consumed, just visual.
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Reel One Entertainment
Director: Don McBrearty
Genre: Comedy Family Romance
Runtime: 88 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Carole H.