The Heat: A Kitchen (R)Evolution
You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate this highly watchable film that opened Hot Docs this year. Canadian filmmaker Maya Gallus turns her lens on a number of female chefs who struggle not only to keep their establishments thriving but also just to survive in a male-dominated industry that largely caters (no pun intended) to bad boys with knives. Spanning the globe, Gallus has found eight women who are articulate, clear, and passionate about the culinary paths they have chosen, from high-end Michelin-starred restaurants to more popular bistro/diner venues. Each has withstood the heat of the kitchen to carve out a successful career, but not without a sizable helping of sacrifice. How timely is this doc in the clamor of #MeToo! Alarming examples of bad chef behaviour (we see you Mario Batali) have recently emerged to discourage even the most aspiring female chef from donning an apron, but despite a culture long known for its toxic ingredients these women persist in stirring the pot. We’ll have what they’re having!
Director: Maya Gallus
Producers: Howard Frailberg, Maya Gallus
Runtime: 75 mins