The Heat: A Kitchen (R)Evolution
From grassroots cooking to haute cuisine, “The Heat” is a timely and illuminating journey into the culinary world from a female perspective. Restaurant kitchens are a pressurized stew of brutal hours, high stress, and sleep deprivation, and acting out goes with the territory. But the familiar macho posturing of celebrity chefs has reached a tipping point, and with an influx of women at the helm of restaurants, the rules of “kitchen culture” are being rewritten. “The Heat” takes viewers behind the scenes to meet some of the pioneers who broke through the glass ceiling, including Anne Sophie Pic of Maison Pic in Valence, France, who has been dubbed the “Queen of French Cuisine”; Angela Hartnett of Murano in London, who survived Gordon Ramsay’s kitchens to become his first female protégé; and Anita Lo, who led the first all-female team to beat an Iron Chef in the U.S. Also featured are the hungry talents of a new generation, including media darling Amanda Cohen of New York’s Dirt Candy; rising star Victoria Blamey of the famed Chumley’s in Greenwich Village; and renegade Toronto chef Charlotte Langley, who has done away with traditional brick and mortar to host elaborate dinners off the grid.
CountryCanada France U.K. U.S.
Film CategoryInternational Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight
SubjectFood and Drink Women's Issues
Tenacious Eats/Chef Liz Schuster
Film WebsiteOfficial Website
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