RE­VIEW

THE HEAT: A KITCHEN (R)EVO­LU­TION

NOW Magazine - Hot Docs - - Cover Story - Natalia Man­zocco

(Maya Gal­lus, Canada). 75 min­utes. Rat­ing: “We’re like the chervil on a salad – some kind of gar­nish, be­cause it looks good,” laments New York City-based chef Victoria Blamey at the top of Maya Gal­lus’s com­pact doc­u­men­tary, which spot­lights the ob­sta­cles faced by seven women try­ing to build ca­reers as chefs and cre­ate change from within a ma­cho in­dus­try.

Among them are lo­cals Suzanne Barr, who Gal­lus catches in tran­si­tion be­tween res­tau­rants; ex- cook Ivy

Knight, who shares a jaw- drop­ping tale of abuse in the kitchen; and Char­lotte Lan­g­ley, who points out that fe­male chefs, too, face the temp­ta­tion to trash-talk, bully and ob­jec­tify as they gain power.

Gal­lus doesn’t go too deep on any one of the film’s sub­jects, which lim­its the film in terms of dra­matic push and pull, but view­ers will still walk away with a deeper un­der­stand­ing of a com­plex sys­temic is­sue.

Apr 26, 9:30 pm, Hot Docs Cin­ema; Apr 28, 1:15 pm, TIFF 1; May 6, 3: 30 pm, Is­abel Bader

Lo­cal chef Suzanne Barr says di­rec­tor Maya Gal­lus was a very skilled, gen­tly in­sis­tent in­ter­viewer.

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