Gladys Gatsby has been cooking since she was seven, unbeknownst to her parents. After a crème brûlée accident, where the kitchen curtains catch on fire, Gladys’s parents finally learns her secret. Gladys loses her kitchen privileges and her allowance for 6 months to help pay for the damage – her parents just want Gladys to be a kid and to do kid things.
When Gladys is assigned to write a paper about her future job, she first writes about how she wants to be a vet. However, her teacher notices that her paper lacks passion, so she persuades Gladys to rewrite her paper. Gladys needs up winning her classroom’s essay contest and her essay over how she wants to be a food critic gets submitted to the New York Standard newspaper to compete against other essays.
Gladys’s essay gets accidentally passed to the food editor; Gladys gets a job as a freelance writer as a food critic. The only problem is that Gladys must get to New York City without her parents finding out.
This is a nominee for the Mark Twain Award.