The Wakefield Doc Fest’s highly sophisticated calculating and tabulating machinery has been working overtime, and the results are in… while all four of the films in our BON APPÉTIT! weekend showed well at the polls, it was THE HEAT: A KITCHEN (R)EVOLUTION that finally won the day! This wonderful and humane film from Canadian filmmaker Maya Gallus tracks seven women chefs in New York, Paris, Toronto and London, revealing their difficulties and successes in a predominantly male world – there might just be a less brutal and combative kitchen culture emerging as a result. It’s still on the festival circuit, so if you weren’t able to see it at BON APPÉTIT!, watch for it in the months ahead at local theatres.
The director of the BON APPÉTIT! Best of Fest film, Maya Gallus, will receive a cash prize generously provided by Roslyn Bern’s Leacross Foundation. Roslyn and the Leacross Foundation provide the prizes for both the main Wakefield Doc Fest festival in February and the themed Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend, in this case, BON APPÉTIT!
Those that were lucky enough to attend the screening on Saturday evening, the 13th of October, were also fortunate to enjoy a panel discussion with four accomplished women chefs from the region: Anna March; Lauren Power; Caroline Murphy and Patricia Larkin. Noted restaurant critic, author and culinary judge Anne DesBrisay also joined us – and the whole discussion was moderated by Jessie Duffy from Edible Ottawa. A fascinating discussion, followed by a terrific reception with delectable finger food, prepared by our own Cordon Bleu chef, Alison Scott, assisted by Lynn Barwin and Rosanda Bellar-Spruyt.
We also drew the names of the winners of our prizes from the ballots submitted, including the fortunate two who won gift bags from our esteemed local chocolatier, La Confiserie: Peter Schulz and Lucie St. Martin. We also drew two names for Weekend Passes to our 10 th Annual (!!) Wakefield Doc Fest, coming in February 2019: Louise De La Gorgondière and Barb Lougheed.