Flynn McGarry Cooks Up A Documentary

Flynn McGarry Cooks Up A Documentary

Top Chef Junior, eat your heart out.

Top Chef Junior, eat your heart out.

Text: Czar Van Gaal

If there’s a recipe for success, chef Flynn McGarry may have skipped a few steps; the 19-year-old started cooking professionally at 12 and hasn’t simmered down since. After parlaying a supper club run out of his mom’s house into his very own restaurant, Gem (named after his mom, Meg), McGarry has continued to prove that you don’t have to be “well-aged” to make great food.

If you still haven’t snagged a table at Gem, which McGarry opened on the Lower East Side earlier this year, a new documentary is offering the next best thing. McGarry, directed by Cameron Yates, offers a firsthand look inside at the wunderkind’s rapid trajectory through home videos and interviews—revealing that McGarry’s culinary coming of age wasn’t a cake walk. The film sheds light on the sacrifices McGarry made as a child, and the bullying he encountered along the way.

The film’s limited run comes to Film Forum in New York today, and to L.A.’s Nuart Theater on November 16. See the full schedule here, and grab the truffle popcorn.

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