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Hot Docs Review: ‘The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution’ Offers Empowering Insight Into What It Takes to Be a Female Chef

April 26, 2018Sherry Li

The Heat, from writer, director and producer Maya Gallus, follows multiple women chefs as they navigate the challenges of being in a male-dominated industry. From Michelin star fine dining in France to local dinettes in Toronto, this documentary gives viewers a glimpse into these amazing female-run kitchens located all over the world.

It's a stark contrast to the loud, angry and tough kitchens that are presented by chefs like Gordon Ramsay in shows like Hell's Kitchen. Instead, these kitchens seem calm, collected and picturesque. The imagery, from the delicious food to the beautiful settings, are effective at telling their stories and demonstrating the chefs' hard work and talent. It's a slow burn of a documentary that gives all the focus to the chefs and all that they had to overcome to get to where they are today.

The end result is an empowering movie that helps provide a lot of insight into the restaurant industry. And it's one that foodies, feminists and restaurateurs alike will all enjoy.

The Heat screens Thursday, April 26th, Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, May 6th at Hot Docs. Its runtime is 1 hr. 15 min.

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