Plot: Yau is a successful chef and owner of a speakeasy restaurant located in a flat and called Magical Kitchen. But she does not have any special tricks on cooking. She learns all recipes from the cookbooks that were passed down from her mother. Beside them, Yau also inherited from her mother family curse overshadowing three generations, which destines her to fail in every relationship. The biggest illustration of this curse is Yau's ill-fated relationship with Chuen Yao.
He was her dream man, but the two were never able to consummate their affair because of a raw unpredictable circumstances. Yau is still stuck on Chuen, which creates problems when she discovers that he is engaged to marry Yau's best friend. On the other hand, her business partner Ho, who is secretly in love with her, persuades Yau to compete in the popular Japanese cooking TV show 'King Chef'.
«The annual Sammi Cheng Lunar New Year film tries its best to be a sophisticated romantic drama, but the result feels more clinically manufactured than dramatically sound. Given the talented people and obvious resources behind the film, Magic Kitchen can't help but seem disappointing. A watchable film, but also a forgettable one.»
«Character development is undercooked, while the cooking elements are insufficiently blended. The concluding wisdom is well taken, but I wasn't convinced of the recipe required to get there. It all seemed much ado about not much. There's a considerable amount of very attractive eye-candy via both sexes, the food preparations are appetizingly photographed and the final dishes are dazzling. »
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