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Joanna James’s documentary ‘A Fine Line’ shines light on the struggles faced by female chefs

In Joanna James’s documentary “A Fine Line,” Barbara Lynch, Lidia Bastianich, April Bloomfield, and other well-known women from the food world detail the challenges they faced on their way to celebrated careers in an industry where fewer than 7 percent of restaurants are helmed by female chefs or owners. But it’s the filmmaker’s mother, Valerie James, owner of Val’s Restaurant in Holden, who brings the story close to home.