Kate Weston leads a fairly typical life. She lives with her best friend, Alice, in a (mostly) clean apartment, she knows how to shop for designer jeans on a budget, and she loves the perks that come with being the Arts and Culture correspondent at Seattle Sorcery Magazine. Things are going well until the day Kate's editor adds a culinary column to her work load. Reviewing Seattle's "cuisine magique" on someone else's dime? No problem. Conjuring up gourmet meals at home to share with readers? Easy... if by easy you mean terrifying. But readers want the inside scoop on everything edible, so Kate sets to with a will, if not skill. When Kate almost burns down the apartment, Alice insists she get help. Reluctantly, Kate agrees to sign up for classes at the newly opened Magical Culinary Arts Academy. The Academy's sole instructor is a young man named Henry St Martin, son of the famous chefs Pierre and Amelie St Martin. He dreams of sharing his love of good food and magic with others through teaching. Kate quickly catches his vision and begins writing about her classes for the magazine. Interviews turn into dates and Kate's heart is stolen by Henry's patient manner and green eyes. But their romance may be doomed to fall as flat as Kate's soufflés when Henry's parents intervene. Convinced that Henry will lose interest in Kate if he is introduced to more eligible (and talented) girls, his parents decide to up the ante for this year's annual St Martin Foundation Women's Culinary Arts Contest: the winner will receive a $500,000 grant for their sponsoring culinary school. The catch? Henry's school may only participate if Kate is the competing chef. Kate is determined to conquer her kitchen curse, but it will take more than a month of cooking classes to be crowned this year's "Princess of the Peas." The pressure is on and the kitchen is heating up fast. Can she and Henry whip up a solution impressive enough to beat his parents at their own game?