From an early age, culinary prodigy Flynn McGarry knew he wanted to be a chef. The film “Chef Flynn” traces his remarkable trajectory from fifth grade home chef to the cover of The New York Times Magazine “Food Issue” at 15. Now, Flynn is 19 and he’s achieved his dream: he’s opened his very own restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. But what happens to the dream when it becomes real, and you’re still technically just a kid?
- Check out Flynn’s New York Times Magazine cover story.
- Pete Wells reviews Flynn’s restaurant Gem for the New York Times.
- Flynn’s signature “Beet Wellington” recipe, in 62 steps.
Documentary clips in today’s intro:
- The Aristocrats (2005): The obscene and hilarious inside story of a joke so vulgar that comics reserve their renditions of it for the pleasure of one another, rather than their audiences. (Amazon)
- Ruthie & Connie: Every Room in the House (2002): Two Jewish lesbian grandmothers live their truth in love and queer activism. (Amazon, Kanopy, YouTube)
- Tongues Untied (1989): Marlon Riggs’ expansive film essay on the experience of being black and gay in 1980s America was an eye opener; nearly 30 years later it reminds us of all of the different things a documentary can be. (Kanopy)