Joy Ballard is determined to keep her promise to her late father that she would take over his cooking show when he died. So here she is, hosting “Dining with Joy,” which has gained an impressive fan base on a regionally syndicated television station over the last three years. However, even though she’s a natural entertainer --- Joy is funny and the camera loves her --- she can’t cook her way out of a box. But the public adores her, and she has a personal assistant to do the actual cooking. As long as she keeps the rider in her contract that states “no live cook-offs,” she’ll be fine.
Except for one small problem. As a Christian, Joy knows she can’t continue lying and is feeling more and more convicted of her questionable moral behavior. When her show is sold to another producer, she has the perfect chance to confess, but every time she tries, something prevents her from coming clean. Meanwhile, Joy can’t help feeling that the Bible verse “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me” (John 4:34) holds some significance for her, although she can’t quite figure out what it is.
Chef Luke Redmond recently lost his restaurant and now works as a cook at a local café. He’s challenged to a cook-off by Joy’s rival, Wenda Devine, who ends up tricking Joy into taking Luke’s place as her competitor. Luke sees Joy’s frazzled state and steps in to help. When she shocks him with an impromptu kiss on national television, sparks fly. Joy’s new producer jumps on the opportunity and arranges for Luke to become her co-host on a major cable network. Luke and Joy couldn’t be more different, but their chemistry is undeniable, and they couldn’t be a better professional team. Luke’s skill makes up for his discomfort in front of the camera, and Joy’s star quality more than covers her la