Women On the Line

    Pitch Video

    A talented chef explores how female mentorship ignited her passion for food and a career in a male-dominated industry.

    Genre: Documentary
    Target Audience: Adults
    Target Length: 10 minutes
    Budget: $10,000

    Created By

    Vanessa Ratjen ,  British-Columbia

    Synopsis

    Commercial kitchens are overwhelmingly male-dominated. The chef’s domain is an intense centripetal hustle of food and masculine ego and, for a variety of reasons, the professional culinary field continues to be an extremely challenging place for women to enter into. However, as more talented female chefs prove they have the chops to make it, they’re creating some much-needed change in the industry. Through the lens of sous chef, Melanie Witt, we highlight the arduous demands of working in a kitchen, and how and why gender balance is so valuable. An homage to women working on the line, we explore the positive impact of strong, female mentorships in the food business and what breaking the kitchen’s glass ceiling could look like.

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