Maya Gallus, the director of The Heat, has covered the restaurant industry before with her documentary Dish: Women, Waitressing and the Art of Service. She amplified Cohen’s point about women chefs not getting their due in an interview with The Toronto Star. “Amanda Cohen says being a nice girl, who treats her employees well and sends staff home early, isn’t sexy. No one is going to write about that. They want to hear about the drugs, rock and roll and bad behaviour—that tends to be glorified.”

The Heat is not yet available for US audiences. But in Canada at least, with sold out events at Hot Docs and a spot on TVO, Canadian television station this fall, viewers do want to see a nice girl who treats her employees well and takes the media down a notch when she’s not cooking.

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