The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution

Restaurant kitchens are a pressurised stew of brutal hours, high stress and sleep deprivation. Acting up goes with the territory and anyone lower down the pecking order is fair game. But the familiar macho posturing of celebrity chefs has reached a tipping point. Now with an influx of women at the helm of restaurants, and a younger generation unwilling to submit to brutal conditions once considered the norm, the rules of ‘kitchen culture’ as we know them are being rewritten.
The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution takes viewers behind the scenes to meet the pioneers who broke through the glass ceiling, including Michelin-starred chefs Anne-Sophie Pic (a.k.a. the ‘Queen of French Cuisine’) of Maison Pic in Valence, France; beloved UK star Angela Hartnett (Gordon Ramsay’s former protégé) of Murano; and award-winning New York chef Anita Lo (who closes her iconic NYC restaurant Annisa after 17 years). From grassroots to haute cuisine, The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution is a provocative journey into the culinary world.
by Maya Gallus Canada 2018 English 72’ Colour Documentary form


Director Maya Gallus
Cinematography John Minh Tran
Editing Dave Kazala
Music Keir Brownstone
Co-Producer Howard Fraiberg

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Maya Gallus

The Canadian writer and director often explores the ‘female gaze’ in her work and shines a light on subjects and people that are frequently marginalised. In 2017, the Hot Docs International Film Festival devoted a retrospective to her work.


2010 Dish: Women, Waitressing and the Art of Service 2012 The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche 2014 Derby Crazy Love 2018 The Heat: A Kitchen (R)Evolution

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019