Hamptons Doc Fest marks Mothers Day on Sunday, May 9, with a new documentary “Her Name Is Chef,” about changing gender roles in restaurant kitchens, available online on the Doc Fest website for two weeks, from May 9 to 23.
Says Doc Fest founder/executive director Jacqui Lofaro: “Her Name Is Chef” (2021, 98 min.), directed by Peter Ferriero, “showcases the inspiring stories of six talented females who broke down the barriers of the male-dominated restaurant industry to earn the title of Chef. Meet these ‘sheroes’ of the kitchen for Mothers Day.”
Featured are Top Chef fan favorite Fatima Ali, Esther Choi (who runs three Korean restaurants in New York City), Elizabeth Falkner (a world-renowned chef in some of the country’s top kitchens), Juliet Masters (executive chef of The Edge in an historic Harlem building), Caroline Schiff (an executive pastry chef and food entrepreneur) and Hillary Sterling (who runs Vic’s in New York City, where simple Italian cooking and super-local ingredients take center stage). The film is hosted by powerhouse chef Leia Gaccione, who owns two hot restaurants in New Jersey.
Ferriero was moved to make the film after a first-hand experience at a female-owned restaurant in New Jersey where the owner was struggling to prove herself to her male colleagues.
Go to www.hamptonsdocfest.com between May 9-23 to access the film for $12.