Dish delves into Toronto’s diners and truck stops, Montreal’s “sexy restos,” Paris’s haute eateries and Tokyo’s fantasy “maid cafés” in an international insider’s look at gender, power and the art of service. Former waitress and Gemini Award–winning director Maya Gallus dines out and dishes the dirt with waitresses, restaurant owners and maître d’s about the demands of the job, revealing the fantasies, desires and prejudices projected onto women servers—including those of substitute wife, girlfriend and personal servant. She discovers that as the prices on the menus rise and serving acquires the respect and salary of a vocation, the number of women servers declines; the most sophisticated eateries employ only men to serve their well-heeled patrons. From the hustle of a busy truck stop to the discreet hush of a fine-dining house, Dish serves up a delicious and illuminating look at the lives of women in the restaurant biz. Lynne Fernie
Co-presented by Women in Film & Television - Toronto (WIFT-T).