As more women ascend the ranks of the male dominated restaurant industry, the rules of “kitchen culture” are being rewritten. Premiering November 15 at 9 pm ET on TVO and tvo.org/documentaries, TVO Original The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution takes a compelling journey into the culinary world of seven female chefs at the vanguard of this change.
“The Heat is a startling inside look at a business we’re all familiar with but rarely truly see,” says John Ferri, TVO Vice President of Current Affairs and Documentaries. “This TVO Original documentary explores the issue of gender equity in a unique way and at an important time. We are proud of the conversation it has ignited.”
The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Maya Gallus, takes viewers behind-the-scenes to meet pioneers who broke through the glass ceiling, including:
- Anne Sophie Pic of Maison Pic in Valence, France: The only three-Michelin starred female chef in France and one of only a handful in the world;
- Angela Hartnett of Murano in London: A beloved UK reality TV star who survived Gordon Ramsay’s kitchens to become his first female protégé; and
- Anita Lo: Iron Chef and Top Chef Master who led the first all-female team to beat a male Iron Chef in the U.S.
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The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution also hears from a new generation of up-and-coming Canadian chefs, including:
- Suzanne Barr of Toronto’s Saturday Dinette who is diversifying kitchens one restaurant at a time;
- Charlotte Langley, a renegade chef who has done away with traditional brick and mortar to host elaborate dinners off the grid; and
- Ivy Knight, a writer and former line cook on why she left the industry.
“The chefs in The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution are all powerful, talented women taking their earned place in a male dominated industry and transforming it as a result,” says Maya Gallus. “The documentary was conceived before the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements reached a tipping point. This subject is now in the Zeitgeist, enabling women’s voices to be heard, illuminating the complexity of systemic discrimination, and inspiring change on a deeper level."
The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution will also air Saturday December 1 at 9 pm and Sunday December 2 at 10 pm. Stream it anytime at tvo.org/documentaries beginning November 15 at 9 pm.