With The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution, director Maya Gallus focuses on the struggle of 7 women with talent and passions but exposed to sexism in their battle for their careers to change the ranks.
Maya Gallus lifts the curtain between the kitchen and guests with the 2018 documentary The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution, taking viewers to meet the pioneers of gastronomy. “We’re like the chervil on a salad – some kind of garnish, because it looks good,” said New York based chef Victoria Blamey makes a stunning statement about the woman’s place in the world of gastronomy in the documentary which features world-famous female chefs. In the documentary; the only three Michelin-starred female chef in France Anne Sophie Pic from Maison Pic, Murano’s 2-Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett, New York-based Iron Chef and Annisa’s former owner Anita Lo, Toronto’s leading chef Suzanne Barr, ex-chef of Chumley’s Victoria Blamey and Amanda Cohen of New York’s favourite vegetarian restaurant Dirty Candy accompanied by writer/ex-line cook Ivy Knight.
Chefs speak about the busy work environment that exists in the sector, which is still seen as largely male-dominated, and their experiences as women in a “fratboy culture” that often permeates and could lead to the abuse of power. “There’s a saying that ‘men cook for glory and women cook for love. And if we do, it’s because of how we were raised, and of that social construct. But as a chef, you really want to be judged on your work, you know — gender really has nothing to do with it” says Anita Lo, one of the successful chefs who reveals that gender and racial discrimination is dominant in the kitchen.