'Cooking Up Christmas': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about OWN's family-friendly rom-com
As part of OWN's holiday line-up of original movies, airing on Tuesday nights in December, comes the film 'Cooking up Christmas'. Network president Tina Perry introduced the line-up saying: "Following the overwhelming success of our inaugural holiday movie slate last year, we’re excited to announce all-new movies with heartwarming storylines the whole family can enjoy.” Original rom-coms will now air as part of the channel's holiday schedule every year, with Perry stating, "We hope that viewers will continue to make watching our movies together, a part of their ongoing holiday traditions." Other films that will be airing as part of this holiday programming event is 'A Christmas For Mary', starring Vivica A Fox, on December 8 and 'First Christmas' on December 22.
'Cooking up Christmas' airs on December 15 at 9 pm ET/PT on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
Chloe, an Atlanta-based chef at a fine dining restaurant gets fired just weeks before Christmas and reluctantly takes a job with pro-baseball player Donovan Jackson. Jackson is a single dad of three who needs a live-in-chef to get him through the holidays with the kids. Chloe's dream is to save up enough to open her own restaurant and the high-paying live-in service is a means to an end. But soon she finds herself getting drawn into the ups and downs of the Jackson household. The holidays bring home the importance of family, helped by the cheer of Chloe’s good Southern cooking. As Christmas comes to an end, Chloe discovers that her lifelong dream might finally come true but that her heart has a mind of its own.
'Greenleaf' star Lamman Rucker stars as single dad and pro baseball player Donovan Jackson in the film. Rucker began his career on the daytime soap operas like 'As the World Turns' and 'All My Children', before securing roles in Tyler Perry's films 'Why Did I Get Married?', 'Why Did I Get Married Too?', 'Meet the Browns', and its television adaptation. In 2016, he joined the cast of Own's drama series 'Greenleaf' as Jacob Greenleaf.
Meagan Holder stars in this family-centric holiday story as Chloe. Holder is best known for her role as Evelyn Sanders in 'Pitch'. She has starred in shows like 'Born Again Virgin', 'Unreal', and the ABC TV series 'Make It or Break It'. She has also made guest appearances in various television shows, such as 'Criminal Minds', 'Key and Peele', 'Agent Carter', and 'Magnum PI'.
'Cooking Up Christmas' also stars Jen Harper and Laparee Young from 'Greenleaf' and Lindsey Amani Blackwell from 'David Makes Man'.
The film is produced by Errol Sadler and Ty Walker of TYCOR Films for OWN by MarVista in association with Harpo Films. Executive produced by Roger M Bobb, Lamman Rucker, Megan Ellstrom, Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew.
OWN aired a "virtual press junket" about its holiday line-up that includes an interview with Lanman Rucker about 'Cooking up Christmas'. Here is a clip of the interview.
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