Loves Kitchen

Loves Kitchen

James Hacking (2010)

88min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Don't be distracted by a gimmicky (and rather undistinguished) cameo by Gordon Ramsay, as James Hacking's foodie comedy has more in common with Ealing whimsy than reality TV. Roused from a lengthy period of mourning by a stinging review of his restaurant, widowed chef Dougray Scott opens a gastro pub in the Hertfordshire countryside. But while bibulous TV critic Simon Callow is happy to see Scott back on his feet, retired rock impresario Peter Bowles and dim toff Simon Hepworth vow to ruin him when he starts attracting crowds and makes a move on Bowles's daughter (Claire Forlani). There are too many minor characters for any to be drawn in depth and the storyline is as predictable as a greasy spoon menu. The dialogue also often rings hollow, while Hacking's pacing and judgement of tone are occasionally askew. But off-screen marrieds Scott and Forlani spark genially enough and Callow revels in playing a camp old soak.

Summary

A chef's career falls apart after the death of his wife, but he tries to put his life back in order by taking over a country pub and turning it into a gourmet restaurant. His efforts in the kitchen attract the attention of an American food critic, whom he falls in love with. Romantic comedy, with Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott, Michelle Ryan and Simon Callow.

Cast & Crew

Kate Templeton Claire Forlani
Rob Haley Dougray Scott
Shauna Michelle Ryan
Guy Witherspoon Simon Callow
Margaret Cherie Lunghi
Loz Lee Boardman
Max Templeton Peter Bowles
Himself Gordon Ramsay
Director James Hacking
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 2020 FilmsAvailable on: DVD
Comedy Drama