Melissa McCarthy “Cook-Off” Film Freshly Released

Mockumentary chronicles the hilarity of the fictional Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest.

By Ethan L. Johns
September 21, 2017

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From the classic to the why-the-hell-did-I-just-watch-that, the mockumentary is a form of comedy that is here to stay. Yet the food world—so ripe for the mocking with its foodie excesses—has yet to be explored by the genre. Until now, that is.

Cook-Off, an independent film directed by Cathryn Michon and Guy Shalem, and featuring the sketch comedy genius Melissa McCarthy, is finally getting a release via Lionsgate Premiere after lying in relative obscurity since its debut at the 2007 US Comedy Arts Festival. At the Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest, contestants from around the US compete for a million-dollar prize. From what we can see, this mock-doc pretense strongly resembles the competition style of Best in Show, with clumsy, quirky characters and disastrous dishes. We have not been able to confirm whether any of them contain nuts. The trailer is available for viewing on YouTube.

Cook-Off will be released in select theaters on November 17th, just in time to show you everything to avoid on Thanksgiving. Availability through On Demand channels will follow shortly after.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns