A Jealous Gourmet
After Henry (Dylan Neal) takes detective Maggie Price (Brooke Burns) to a social event at Carmelo's, a high end Italian restaurant, they are shocked when the next day the owner has been left in a coma following an attack from an intruder. But both Henry and Maggie are suspicious as things don't seem to add up especially when in the hospital the owner has a heart attack whilst in a coma and dies. But Henry has something else bothering him as Maggie's ex is back in the area and it brings out his jealous side as Maggie flirts with him right in front of Henry. But when Maggie finds herself being stalked by someone lurking in the shadows things take a much more serious turn.
As in the previous "Gourmet Detective" movies, "The Gourmet Detective: Death Al Dente" is really down to two things. Firstly there is a murder mystery for are detective and chef to solve which of course is not plain sailing and as the case evolves secrets come out as we have various people with motives and then on top of that we have Maggie finding herself being stalked. In truth the murder mystery whilst entertaining in a light sort of way it is not the most gripping due to it not really being what people will watch "The Gourmet Detective: Death Al Dente" for.
What people watch "The Gourmet Detective: Death Al Dente" for is of course Dylan Neal and Brooke Burns as Henry and Maggie and the relationship/ friendship which is going on. And that is where the writers have got this TV movie right as with the introduction of the former boyfriend it creates a catalyst not only for Henry to deal with how he really feels about Maggie but also for Maggie to realise what she wants from a man and her surprising feelings towards Henry. Of course that doesn't mean instant romance because the fun is in the pussy footing around which we get plenty of with Henry learning just how career minded Maggie is.
What this all boils down to is that "The Gourmet Detective: Death Al Dente" is as fun as the previous movies were thanks to the combination of Dylan Neal and Brooke Burns who have great chemistry. As for the actual murder mystery side of things, well frankly it is only light and regular.