Bear is a new popular FX series about a talented and walking young chef”I can fix himThe name is Carmen (Jeremy Allen White) who returns home to run his family’s Chicago sandwich shop after the death of his brother. Previously, he was a rising star in the snobby high-end restaurant type that specializes in food tweezers. This gig mainly involved handling large, sloppy chunks of beef and paying off piled-up debts. But Carmen is determined to turn this place into something truly amazing.
When he first arrived, he tried to apply the rigor and system to Original Beef of Chicagoland’s slapstick kitchen. As far as I can tell, he mostly does this by insisting on calling everyone else “chef”.
In the pilot, the word was uttered no less than 28 times. (Not to mention when longtime employee Tina, played by Liza Colón-Zayas, made love to Carmen by calling him “Jeff.”) The show quickly became a critically-loved series. liked, praised for its accurate and vivid description of the restaurant’s kitchen. It’s raw, it’s funny, and the electronic tempo gives a middle finger to the recent wave of slow TV.
In addition, it will makes you want to call everyone “chef”.
All repetitions in Bear hammer home how practical this term is. As Carmen says, “I call people ‘chef’ because it’s a sign of respect.” This is an easy acronym for “dude”, “bro”, and when in the plural, “guys”. It is extremely gender neutral. And it’s surprisingly useful in many situations. Say, meetings where you forget your colleague’s name. Or when you and your spouse are both trying to navigate a kitchen designed only to comfortably accommodate 55% of an adult.
Bear certainly not the first time the public imagination has been drawn to the media regarding a chef (see: Top, Iron, The Swede, Jon Favreau). And, of course, there’s been a growing awareness of and opposition to the abusive, male-dominated kitchen culture in recent years. The flashback in episode two of Carmen’s previous work at a high-end restaurant reveals exactly that atmosphere, where every “chef” statement sounds nefarious.
But it doesn’t have to be. Your best friend? Chef. Your boss? Chef. Mother and father? Chef and chef. Your children? The chefs. Your therapist? Chef Dr. The anthropomorphic rat you discovered has a natural gift for the art of cooking and so you allow it to live under your hat to help you become a famous restaurateur? Chef !!! Eight episodes into Bear and there’s no me and you anymore. Only “chef.”
https://www.gq.com/story/the-bear-chef-blog ‘The Bear’ Proves We Should All Just Call Each Other ‘Chef’