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Sadie on a Plate by Amanda Elliot
Published by Berkley on March 15, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Sadie is a rising star in the trendy Seattle restaurant scene. Her dream is to create unique, modern, and mouthwatering takes on traditional Jewish recipes. But after a public breakup with her boss, a famous chef, she is sure her career is over—until she lands a coveted spot on the next season of her favorite TV show, Chef Supreme.
On the plane to New York, Sadie has sizzling chemistry with her seatmate, Luke, but tells him that she won't be able to contact him for the next six weeks. They prolong their night with a spontaneous, magical dinner before parting ways. Or so she thinks. When she turns up to set the next day, she makes a shocking discovery about who Luke is....
If Sadie wants to save her career by winning Chef Supreme, she’s going to have to ignore the simmering heat between her and Luke. But how long can she do that before the pot boils over?
I thought I was going to have trouble after only reading the first page two nights in a row, but the third night I started a little earlier and voila, finished at 4am! Sadie on a Plate was easy and fun to read. The main character has a confidence break after getting dumped and fired by her chef boss. She applies to Chef Supreme, not believing she would really get accepted but she does. On the plane, she meets a great guy named Luke and they go eat before she turns up at the contest.
I loved this cooking show plot. It had the crazy, weird people that the shows always do. Sadie hopes to get to the final four to have great restaurants or investors interested in her. She isn’t sure she has a shot but she hangs in there. Of course she has some issues. Various contestants, including Sadie, run out of time to finish a dish, make a bad choice when creating a recipe, and burn or drop their food.
I couldn’t stop reading. The people, the relationships, and the food all appealed to me. Sadie goes through some real personal growth and learns to believe in herself and also not to view others negatively. There are both good and bad people in the world and it’s surprisingly what happens when you get to really know someone.
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