Do you know Flynn McGarry? If you live outside New York City, chances are you do not. But if you are among those who keep close tabs on NYC’s restaurant scene, you may know McGarry is a 19-year-old wunderkind who operates his own tasting-menu restaurant, Gem, on the city’s Lower East Side. The young culinary pro is the subject of a new documentary, Chef Flynn, which will get a limited theatrical release beginning this Friday, November 9.
Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Chef Flynn received mostly positive reviews, garnering an 88 percent rating on the aggregate review website Rotten Tomatoes. The doc, directed by Cameron Yates (The Canal Street Madam), tracks McGarry from the age of 16, when he was serving high-end tasting menus out of his family’s home and first gaining recognition. John DeFore of the Hollywood Reporter calls it “delicious” and a surefire hit among “the Food Network crowd.” Variety’s Guy Lodge says it “gives viewers every reason to believe the hype built up by glossy media profiles over the years — and lets them feel the sting of an online backlash that would get under the skin of even the most dauntless adolescent.”
McGarry first became a widely known name in New York City thanks to mentions in the New Yorker and New York Times Magazine when he was in his early teens. He opened Gem in February and has received critical praise for his food. New York Times critic Pete Wells gave the restaurant two stars, declaring, “his cooking is nuanced, his plating is often lyrical and the flavors, at least this spring and summer, have been delicate, subtle and very fresh.”
Chef Flynn will hit New York’s Film Forum from November 9 through November 15, and short runs will follow through December in cities such as Atlanta; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. It’s scheduled for a video-on-demand release sometime next year.
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