Everyone knows how stressful cooking can be- and a new comedy-drama series is set to delve into the world of professional cooking. The Bear sees a young pro chef, used to the sophistication of fine dining, coming back home to Chicago to run his family’s Italian beef sandwich restaurant, and finds it difficult to work with its chaotic and messy kitchen.

The show originally aired back in June on FX in the US, and has gone on to garner acclaim for its depiction of the restaurant industry, and the satisfying and well crafted narrative. Jeremy Allen White, known for his roles in Shameless and Homecoming, plays the main role of young Chef Carmen Berzatto. Carmen (or Carmy) returns to Chicago, his hometown, to run the family Italian beef sandwich shop after his brother commits suicide. Having become used to his job in fine dining, Carmy finds it hard to adjust to the workings of the sandwich kitchen, with things left in disarray.

Food, family, and the insanity of the grind...

The business struggles with bad working conditions and equipment in the kitchen, and an unruly staff not used to Carmy and his way of doing things. Carmy is forced to navigate all of this, as well as the difficult realities of running a small business in a big city, while still trying to come to terms the trauma of his brother’s death. Alongside Allen White, the cast features Ebon Moss-Bachrach (The Punisher, Girls) as Richard Jerimovich, manager of the restaurant, Ayo Edebiri (Big Mouth) as Sydney Adamu, one of the chefs and Community star Joel McHale as Carmy’s old executive chef back in New York City. Also featuring in a guest role as Carmy’s late bother is Punisher and The Walking Dead star Jon Bernthal.

While The Bear has yet to make its debut internationally, the series has quickly garnered critical acclaim and has been hotly talked about on social media. Thanks to its success, a second season has already been commissioned, so if you like what you see in season 1, more is around the corner. The show spans eight episodes in the first season, with the show’s official synopsis reading: “The Bear is about food, family, the insanity of the grind, the beauty of sense of urgency and the steep slippery downsides. As Carmy fights to transform both The Original Beef of Chicagoland and himself, he works alongside a rough-around-the-edges kitchen crew that ultimately reveal themselves as his chosen family.”

If you’re looking for a juicy new drama to sink your teeth into, The Bear is a good bet when it releases on 5th October. For more great shows to watch, take a look at our Best of Streaming In September piece.


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