The Story

A bullied high school student is suddenly befriended by his chief tormentor and together they face challenges that will change their lives forever. Tommy, a shy, bullied high school chef reluctantly enters a TV cooking contest to save his Grandmother’s business from...

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Matt Prylek

The best swimmer at Saint Raymond’s High School – and the worst bully; his careless attitude and taunts of others serve as armor to mask his inner sensitivity. (Kenton...

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Tommy Dolen

The best chef in the town of Saint Raymond’s, next to his Gran – and Matt Prylek’s favorite victim; shy, quiet and reclusive, he prefers to stay “under the radar” – when he needs to form a team for the TV cooking show, he does so very reluctantly. (Danny Flaherty)...

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Sarah O’Malley

The new girl in town, a blogger with a hunger for getting at the truth; smart and beautiful, she’s self-protective initially, but a loyal friend to have on your side, once she lets her guard down. (Katherine...

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Kyle Prylek

Matt’s older brother has been the breadwinner in their family for the last several years; ambitious, driven, and determined to have financial success at any cost, he’s given up a lot to take over raising Matt – and expects unquestioning loyalty from his younger...

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Gran (Angela Maria Tucci)

Angela Maria Tucci has raised Tommy since he was five, and taught him everything he knows about cooking – and life; intelligent, sharp and an advocate for good communication, she’s determined to get Tommy to come out of his shell with others.  (Mary Beth...

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Philip King

An Australian export with one American-born parent, Philip is an amazing chef; his stammer – which held him up to ridicule in his former school in Oz – motivated him to stay silent at Saint Raymond’s High during his whole first year in his new American school. (Jan...

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Joe Grasso

The second-best swimmer at Saint Raymond’s High, he’s lived in Matt Prylek’s shadow all throughout high school; initially idolizing Matt, he gradually develops a resentment toward his hero’s seemingly shifting alliances, that could result in Joe ultimately betraying...

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Quigs

Nate Quigley, a sophomore at Saint Raymond’s High, learned during his freshman year that the only way he could survive day-to-day among the school’s bullies was to laugh along with them and become their unofficial mascot – and once in a while, their punching bag....

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Anya Bartosh

The leader of “Team Anya” in the Teen Chef contest, she and her cousins originally came from the Ukraine to Detroit, where their fathers co-own a local restaurant; Anya is an excellent, laser-focused chef, who does not tolerate bad behavior in others… and her...

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Will Terkin

A member of “Team Dennis,” Will enjoys the spotlight and takes his own delight in watching the misfortune of others, until he gradually feels more and more crushed under the thumb of team leader Dennis. (Talon...

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Abby Peerson

Kyle Prylek’s ex-high school girlfriend, and Matt’s former babysitter, Abby recently moved to Saint Raymond’s for a job, and is determined not to let Kyle manipulate his way back into her life, by cashing in on her protective nature towards Matt. (Megan...

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Bobby Butler

A gifted freshman chef, who wants to hang with the upperclassmen, so he can get to interact with some of the older girls in the TV competition. (Owen...

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Rip Barker

The host of The Mealtime Network’s Teen Chef contest, he keeps things moving on his live TV show, and sometimes struggles not to show which teams he’s secretly rooting for. (Raviv...

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Otto Terkin

Will’s brother, who follows Dennis a bit more reluctantly than Will does, but stays loyal to his flashier brother, no matter what. (Joseph Harrington)...

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Dennis Wellingtone

As the leader of “Team Dennis” in the Teen Chef contest, he hopes that by winning the competition, he’ll be surrounded by girls from all over the country who are clamoring to date him – or maybe at least, he’ll finally land a second date with a girl; ruthlessly...

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