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‘The Bear’ is the new Hulu series exploring the chaos of the kitchen

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Move over Kitchen Nightmares, there’s a new series in town unpacking the tumultuous day-to-day happenings of restaurant life. Hulu series The Bear is here to unpack the chaotic, addictive world of the kitchen, while also looking at the relationships that inform who we are as people.

What is the plot of The Bear?

The Bear follows Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), a young chef from the world of fine dining who returns home to Chicago to run his family sandwich shop, The Original Beef of Chicagoland. Coming home due to a heartbreaking death in the family, it is a world away from the settings which he is used to and Berzatto sets out to balance the realities of small business ownership, his strong-willed restaurant staff and strained family relationships all in tandem. At its crux, The Bear is an all-encompassing drama concerning food, family, the pitfalls of restauranteurship and a desire for change. As Berzatto endeavours to transform his family sandwich shop, he works with the blunt team around him that soon become his chosen family. 

Allan White took to Instagram to describe the making of the series as "a gift" and that he shared the screen with "a beautiful and talented cast."

While labelled a comedy, don’t into The Bear with the mindset of laughing out loud for 40 minutes. Themes fluctuate between anger and despondence, with hints of comedy peppered throughout. It is akin to when Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential was adapted into a sitcom starring Bradley Cooper, yet with its own distinct feel. 

Who has been cast in the series?

Appearing alongside Allen White are Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri, Abby Elliott, Lionel Boyce and Liza Colón-Zayas, and Edwin Lee Gibson and Matty Matheson appearing in recurring roles throughout the Hulu series. Ramy producer Tyson Binder is producing the series through FX Productions. 

Where can you watch The Bear in Australia?

The Bear is available to stream via Hulu now.

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