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Master chef Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones) lives her life like she runs the kitchen at upscale 22 Bleecker Restaurant in Manhattan - with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. With breathtaking precision, she powers through each hectic shift, coordinating hundreds of meals, preparing delicate sauces, seasoning and simmering each dish to absolute perfection.

Kate's perfectionist nature is put to the test when a brash new sous chef joins her staff, the high-spirited and freewheeling Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart). A rising culinary star himself, Nick favors opera while working and loves to make everyone around him laugh. His casual approach to both life and cuisine couldn't be more different than Kates, yet the chemistry between them is undeniableas is the discord, like forks clanging off a granite countertop.

It might be easier to deal with this turbulence at work if Kate wasnt already off balance at home, struggling to connect with her nine-year-old niece, Zoe (Abigail Breslin), who has recently - and very unexpectedly - come to live with her. A bright, perceptive child more comfortable with fish sticks than foie gras, Zoe is clearly out of place in Kates routine but Kate is determined to make a home for herjust as soon as she figures out how.

If she wants to forge a real bond with Zoe, find happiness with Nick and rediscover her appetite for life, she will have to try something bold and new, and learn to express herself outside the realm of her kitchen. For Kate, that would be like trying to cook without a recipe.

Cast

Catherine Zeta-JonesKate
Aaron EckhartNick
Abigail BreslinZoe
Patricia ClarksonPaula
Jenny WadeLeah
Bob BalabanTherapist
Brian F. O'ByrneSean
Lily RabeBernadette
Eric SilverJohn
Arija BareikisChristine
John McMartinMr. Peterson
Celia WestonMrs. Peterson
Zoë KravitzCharlotte
Matthew RauchKen
Dearbhla MolloyAnna
Matt ServittoDoctor

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