Virtual KCET Cinema Series

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy Q&A

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“Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy” Serves Up Comfort Food at the VIRTUAL KCET CINEMA SERIES


Q&A immediately following with director & producer Elizabeth Carroll

Master chef, teacher, writer and gastronomic anthropologist Diana Kennedy has become one of the most celebrated culinary legends of Mexican cuisine. At barely five feet tall, the British ex-pat has been living off the grid in Michoacán since the 1970s researching and documenting the regional flavors of Mexico. A nonagenarian with a zest for life, she has also been fighting unapologetically for change in the environment to produce and sustain fresh food for future generations…staying true to herself every step of the way.

Featuring extensive interviews with Diana herself along with famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Cámara and Alice Waters, “Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy” provides an intimate and colorful look at the charismatic leading expert on Mexican dishes. The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana is often called the “Julia Child of Mexico” but the feisty cook prefers to think of herself as “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine.”

Director and producer Elizabeth Carroll shared, “Diana is a tenacious force whose unconventional life story, defined by six decades of cooking and researching in Mexico, remains largely unknown. At 96, she urges immediate action in the fight against climate change, highlighting the importance of chefs’ roles in that fight. I’m hopeful the film will allow Diana’s legacy to be filed alongside the world’s culinary greats and next to the women of our present and past who have forged the paths they wanted to walk.”


The film screens at 7 p.m. on May 20, 2020. Immediately following the screening, Deadline’s chief film critic Pete Hammond, who can also be seen on KCET’s Must See Movies, will moderate a Q&A session with director & producer Elizabeth Carroll.

Limited space available for screening.


Elizabeth Carroll - Director and Producer

Nothing Fancy is Elizabeth’s feature film debut. She studied documentary film at the University of San Francisco, and has directed video content for The New York Times. In 2013, she founded Honeywater Films to produce stories about food. Carroll also serves as producer for the film, along with executive producers, Dan Braun (Wild, Wild Country; Pick of the Litter), Jonathan Gould, Anna Godas, and Margaret Martin.

Pete Hammond - Host of the KCET Cinema Series

Pete is currently the Chief Film Critic for Deadline Hollywood. For the past 9 years he has also been Awards Editor and Columnist for Deadline where he covers the Oscar and Emmy Seasons. He came to Deadline from the Los Angeles Times where he covered the awards seasons for The Envelope and LA He is widely considered to be one of the pre-eminent awards season analysts for film and television.