What could be better than a Christmas movie that feels good? One that features a culinary connoisseur, of course.
Bobby Flay lends his culinary expertise to one of the many new titles releasing Discovery+ next month, and his role is truly a life case of mimicking art.
The celebrity chef plays a food critic named Tom Kingsley in “One Delicious Christmas,” a Food Network film about a young woman named Abby Richmond (Vanessa Marano) who runs a popular restaurant and inn in Vermont.
Abby’s business has been thriving since she inherited it from her parents. But when the restaurant’s head chef decides to move to London just before Christmas, Abby hires a new chef named Preston (Alex Mallari Jr.).
A trailer for the film, which will premiere on Discovery+ on November 11, shows the owner and chef clashing over a menu overhaul and Abby soon realizes the stakes are pretty high when she sees Flay’s character on the spot.
“Tom Kingsley? she says when she sees him. A colleague replies: “The famous food critic?
The scene then cuts to Flay saying, “Guess I got spotted.”
The real-life restaurateur and cookbook author appears several times in the trailer and can even be seen in the kitchen at one point. So we have to wonder: will he show off his cooking skills to Abby and Preston at some point in the film?
Either way, Flay’s character seems quite content to enjoy the ride and try the restaurant’s signature dishes.
“I just had a good meal,” he says at one point.
Flay isn’t the only Food Network star flexing his acting muscles on Discovery+ this holiday season. Master baker Duff Goldman also appears in a new film for the streaming service.
Titled “A Gingerbread Christmas,” the new version will also air on November 11 and tells the story of Hazel Stanley (Tiya Sircar), an aspiring architect who returns home to Chicago for the holidays after missing out on her dream job. .
Hazel’s father, Ted (Sugith Varughese), runs a local bakery, Hazelnut, but let the business collapse after the death of his wife Judy. When Hazel sees an advertisement for a Christmas Bakeoff led by Chicago’s “Cookie King” Mark Clemmons (Goldman), she is tempted to throw her hat in the ring and claim the $100,000 prize to save her family bakery.
While in town, Hazel meets a local entrepreneur named James Meadows (Marc Bendavid), who is remodeling the bakery for her father and also cooking for the store. Hazel and James soon decide to enter the contest and create an award-winning gingerbread design.
At the end of the trailer, Goldman prepares to announce the winner of the contest, saying, “The moment we’ve all been waiting for.”
This is the second year the Food Network has released feature films for the holiday season, and Flay and Goldman are certainly following in the footsteps of Ree Drummond, who appeared in the network’s first film last year.
The trailblazer made her acting debut in “Candy Coated Christmas,” a film in which she played bakery owner Bee.
In addition to “A Gingerbread Christmas” and “One Delicious Christmas,” Discovery+ is also releasing two other holiday movies on November 11 featuring some familiar faces from HGTV.
“Home Town” stars Ben and Erin Napier will appear in “A Christmas Open House” as experts in restoring small town homes. And Hilary Farr of “Love It or List It” will also appear in the movie “Designing Christmas” as an expert on historic homes.