The restaurant industry is red-hot right now, with more Americans becoming professional chefs and restauranteurs than ever. But the business is dominated by men—mostly white, straight men—and women and minorities are still fighting for a place at the table.
Directed by Patty Ivins (Girls on the Wall), the new Logo documentary Hungry follows three women following a recipe for success while still overcoming sexism in the culinary world.
"I think I spent a lot of my career with blinders on," says veteran L.A. chef Mary Sue Milliken, who is interviewed in the film.
"If I had let myself really see and feel the true sexism that I experienced, I don't think I'd would have had enough energy left over to really be as successful as I've been."
Hungry follows Chef Crystal "Pink" Delongpre, who has worked with some of the country’s top chefs and made appearances on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue and the Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen. Her restaurant Bacon and Brine serves up artisanal comfort food to appreciative crowds in Solvang, California.
But now Pink and her wife, Courtney Rae, are following their dream of opening a new farm-to-table restaurant on California's Central Coast. Hungry charts their progress from conception to opening day.
Also profiled in the film are Top Chef contestant Dakota Weiss, who is working to expand her Sweetfin Poke restaurants beyond Los Angeles, and Sarah Kirnon, who is heating up Oakland's culinary scene with international fare mixed with fresh local ingredients.
"The two things I never saw in kitchens were people of color and women," says superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson. "It's like race in this country—we've come far, but it's still a major factor. Women... do not walk away from the challenge because it's a bumpy road."
Below, watch the trailer for Hungry, premiering November 17 at 9/8c on Logo.