Sunday Premiere Movie: No Reservations
Sunday March 7th at 8.30pm
Cast: Catherine Zeta Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson
Director: Scott Hicks
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
More at ease behind the scenes, Kate only leaves the sanctuary of her kitchen to accept compliments for one of her signature dishes, or, on rare occasions, to tangle with a customer who dares question her technique. After work, most nights find her in bed before midnight, set to rise at dawn to beat her competition at the fish market for the next day's freshest selections.
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 Kate's, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable - as is the discord, like forks clanging off a granite countertop.
It might be easier to deal with this turbulence at work if Kate wasn't 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 Kate's routine but Kate is determined to make a home for her - just as soon as she figures out how.
As the weeks progress, Kate is not sure what steams her more-that Nick's talent scores big points with 22 Bleecker's owner, Paula (PATRICIA CLARKSON), and its discriminating clientele, or that his easygoing charm quickly wins over the shy Zoe, who finds it easier to open up to him than to her aunt.
But when he challenges the boundary between rivalry and romance, Kate finds herself questioning, for the first time in years, some of the choices and beliefs that have made her so self-sufficient and so safe.
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.