Pressure Cooker - The Documentary
I went to see PRESSURE COOKER at the Nashville Film Festival on Saturday. I highly recommend it for any foodie out there. What a journey it was for 13 motivated kids from an under served part of Northeast Philadelphia. I smiled, laughed, cried and cheered for these kids. I had lived in Phila for about 10 years, and I know a little about Northeast Phila. Phila itself as a whole is a hard working class city with its share of poverty and crime. But, what Phila has going for it is a lot of history starting from revolutionary times, and an equally impressive food tradition and history. Anyway, if you are in a city with a film festival, go ahead and sit in on this one. It will warm your heart.
About the film:
"Three seniors at Philadelphia's Frankford High School find an unlikely champion in the kitchen of Wilma Stephenson. A legend in the school system, Mrs. Stephenson's hilariously blunt boot-camp method of teaching Culinary Arts is validated by years of scholarship success. Against the backdrop of the row homes of working-class Philadelphia, she has helped countless students reach the top culinary schools in the country. And under her fierce direction, the usual distractions of high school are swept aside as Erica, Dudley and Fatoumata prepare to achieve beyond what anyone else expects from them." from the official documentary website