After losing her job when the Flop Two diner at which she is a cook closes down, Nikki Turner (Jen Lilley) accepts a job as assistant to one of her idols, famed chef, cookbook author and restauranteur Holly Hanson (Peri Gilpin). She’d rather be cooking, but her lack of formal culinary education keeps holding her back, despite her incredible talent and instincts in the kitchen. One of the perks of working at Holly Hanson’s appears when Holly learns of Nikki’s passion and allows her to use the restaurant’s kitchen to practice, but only after-hours, and Nikki cannot tell anyone about the deal.
Holly Hanson’s has been suffering a downturn in business of late, and Holly’s been getting pressure from both her Executive Chef, Paul Dellucci (Brendan Penny), and her primary investor Henry Seagar (Benjamin Wilkinson) that the menu needs to be updated with new and exciting dishes. Holly is far too self-assured of the recipes she herself created to agree, and brushes off the suggestions. After tasting one of Nikki’s creations late one night after closing, Holly doesn’t let on to Nikki, but she is truly wowed. Holly soon has a secret camera installed in the kitchen. Before long, she is spying on Nikki’s late night culinary excursions, while forming a plan to bring the flagging restaurant back to its former glory.
Even though they didn’t quite hit it off at first, Nikki and Chef Paul have become friendly, but Holly does not allow employees to date, so neither is inclined to cross that line and lose their job. However, Chef Paul returns to the restaurant late one night and discovers Nikki cooking; and what she is cooking is fabulous. She admits to him that Holly is allowing her to use the kitchen after-hours, and as they get to know more about each other, she discovers that his parents are good friends who own her neighborhood bakery. At which point the film takes some twists and turns that you won’t want to miss.