With a focus on gender equality in kitchens at this year’s Berlinale Culinary Film Festival, as part of the Berlin International Film Festival 'The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution' is a documentary that takes centre stage.
Chefs are treated like the culinary equivalent of rock stars in today’s celebrity-obsessed world and just as in the music industry, too many of the leading lights are male. However, change is afoot and the restaurant industry has begun to experience its #MeToo movement. Diversity in the kitchen has been moved to the top of everyone’s to-do list for 2019.
'The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution', is a documentary that shines a light on a seven, driven and accomplished female chefs who have had to harder, longer and better than everyone else in order to get to the top of their game.
Documentary filmmaker Maya Gallus turns her attention to the women in the kitchen and the struggles they face to get the same recognition as their male counterparts.
Gallus’ last film focused on the front of house aspects of the restaurant industry with her film ‘Dish: Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service’. Her latest film chronicles the travails of seven women who work tirelessly to ‘crack the boys club’.
While many male chefs are lauded for being mean and brutish in the kitchen, many top female chefs take pride in their kitchens being calm, co-operative and respectful places. French chef Anne-Sophie Pic acknowledges the maternal aspects of her approach. "A restaurant is a way to show people that we love them," she says.