The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Thu, Apr 26, 2018 9:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 1:15 PM
Food & Film
Isabel Bader Theatre Sun, May 6, 2018 3:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Feminism & Breaking Barriers
Food & Agriculture
Labour & Working People
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Maya Gallus
Producer(s):Maya Gallus
Howard Fraiberg
Editor(s):Dave Kazala
Writer(s):Maya Gallus
Cinematography:John Tran
Composer:Keir Brownstone
Sound:Grant Edmonds
Mary Wong
Peter Sawade
Jason Milligan
Daniel Brooks
Avi Zev Weider


In restaurant kitchens, tight quarters, high pressure and hot tempers combine to create toxic conditions that make it difficult for anyone to survive, let alone climb the ladder to head chef. For women, the situation is even worse. Running a successful restaurant is a daunting challenge, even more so when the odds are stacked against you. But as women take charge at more of the world's top dining establishments, a cultural shift is dismantling the macho environment that made celebrities out of "bad boy" chefs. From New York City's star chefs Anita Lo and Amanda Cohen to the queen of French cuisine Anne-Sophie Pic, seven chefs share their struggles to overcome a system of inequality and harassment while delivering delicious dishes and redefining the dining experience. An appetite for change has taken hold and there's no turning back. Alexander Rogalski

Food & Film: Turning Up the Heat with Chef Anita Lo & Maya Gallus
Saturday, April 28
1:15 PM: Screening
3:15 PM: Drinks & discussion at Ricarda's (134 Peter Street)

Join award-winning director Maya Gallus and renowned chef Anita Lo (Annisa, Rickshaw and Bar Q) to discuss breaking norms and forging new paths in hospitality and filmmaking. Event details

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Also screening at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema starting May 11. Get tickets!

Additional Information

Blogorama - 4 Stars, "An interesting looks at a changing industry."

Toronto Star - 3.5 Stars

NOW - 3 Stars

POV - "Shows pride and joy from women who break glass ceilings like crème brûlée tapped with a spoon."

The Globe and Mail - "Maya Gallus turns up The Heat on male-dominated cooking industry"

The Globe and Mail - "At Toronto's Hot Docs festival, a distinctly female gaze"

The National Post - "The Heat' doc examines gender barriers for top female chefs"

blogTO - "Female chefs in the spotlght on opening night of Hot Docs"

NOW - "Ten must-see Hot Docs films focusing on women's stories"

NOW - "Women chefs step up to the plate in Hot Docs opener The Heat"


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Sidewalk Hustle - "The best films to catch at Hot Docs 2018."

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The Gate - "15 Must See Documentaries from the Opening Weekend of Hot Docs' 25th Landmark Year."

Original Cin - "Hot Docs: What to see during sprawling (and way cool) Documentary Festival."