Dustin Harrison-Atlas

Opening a restaurant is hard. Maintaining a steady stream of loyal customers? Even harder.

In Dustin Harrison-Atlas’ delicious debut documentary, watch as two restaurateurs in Washington, DC—Frank Linn of Frankly… Pizza!, and Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury—put on their aprons and risk mountains of debt in an attempt to realize their entrepreneurial dreams.

New Chefs on the Block also provides some food for thought: In the era of the digital restaurant review, could a two-star rating topple everything these chefs have worked so hard for?

You’ve seen cooking shows and kitchen nightmares. Here, Harrison-Atlas takes us behind-the-scenes of the behind-the-scenes, showing us just how gruelling gastronomical endeavours—especially on the business side of things—can be.


Q&A with director Dustin-Harrison Atlas and Chef Paresh Thakkar following the film.

Hungry for more?

As part of an exclusive SWIFF Food on Film event, join Sarnia local chef Paresh Thakkar of Personal Touch Eatery for a private meal and in-depth conversation following the screening, where he’ll whip up some of his finest dishes, add his thoughts on the documentary, and maybe open up about his time on Chopped Canada (while supplies last, tickets extremely limited)!

Chef Paresh, owner of Personal Touch Eatery & Catering was born and raised in Sarnia. Chef Paresh worked at Paddy Flarherty’s as well as part-time in an educational role at Fanshawe College while also achieving Red Seal Chef designation under the guidance of Chef Lynne Cotton. Chef Paresh has created a unique lunch menu as well as creating a unique approach to catering by designing each event on client by client basis. He continues to work on his goal of putting Sarnia on the culinary map and recently appeared on the TV show, Chopped Canada season 3.




$12 – Students & Seniors
$15 – General Admission
$135 – Film + four-course meal prepared by Paresh Thakkar. Dinner Only – $120
Only 20 seats available