Rick’s Reviews Rick Bentley interviews the cast and crew of ‘The Bear’. – Low Calorie Diets Tips

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The titles of some television shows — such as “The Summer I Turned Pretty” or “Fear the Walking Dead” — leave little doubt as to the nature of the programming. That’s definitely not the case with the new FX series The Bear, due out on Hulu.

It could be anything from the life story of Alabama soccer coach Paul “Bear” Bryant to a nature show in Alaska. None is even close.

“The Bear” — set to debut June 23 on Hulu — is a family drama pitted against the culinary world. Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White) is a young chef who leaves the world of fine dining to return to Chicago to run her family’s sandwich shop.

Executive Producer/Writer Joanna Calo says, “In terms of placing the show in this world, we felt that there hadn’t been a show done that truly showcased authentic cuisine and that there was some room to do some Telling stories that hopefully people could tell would connect with people who love food, love food shows, or people who work in restaurants.

“I think there are a lot of people out there who will recognize themselves on our show.”

Calo reckons that viewers who have had to take on work or family responsibilities and have been drawn into a very different world will connect with her series. The Bear is about food, family and the madness of the grind.

In terms of acting, White had little time between working on the final season of Shameless and starting work on The Bear. He found enough to prepare for the young chef role by spending hours in professional kitchens.

He says: “The preparation I did was quite extensive. I was very much useless in the kitchen. I’m fine now. That’s because I went to culinary school in Pasadena. I’ve worked at some really nice restaurants, mostly at a restaurant called Pasjoli in Santa Monica. I spent a lot of time there with chef Dave Beran.

“What I enjoy now that I’ve learned a few things is that I love to cook for my wife. I love to cook for my kids. It’s like I understood cooking as a different form of communication or caring than caring for people and I loved that about it.”

White and the rest of the cast needed to have some culinary skills as the series was put together to make the cooking elements as real as possible, including timing the dishes so they were ready in time for a scene. The actors were allowed to improvise in the kitchen and if a mistake was made – like dropping a knife or bowl – the cameras kept rolling.

Executive producer of The Bear, Matty Matheson, who has worked as executive chef, has a recurring role on the series. He jokes that he started dreaming about kitchens while filming.

“We tried to do something that I don’t think has been done that often. We’re literally trying to cook in real time. And again, if we were trying to have a dish at a certain cooking point and then repeating that shot, sometimes we had to take the time to get that dish back there,” says Matheson. “The actors cooked everything. We set the stage and then the actors cooked and butchered and made mise en place.”

The role in The Bear is White’s first major acting job outside of Shameless in a decade. He was looking for a series that would take him in a whole new direction. The fact that The Bear is set in the culinary world was a big draw for him as he has always wanted to learn more about cooking.

White also fell in love with his character when he first read the script. The character broke his heart because Carmy seems very lost and lonely.

“His identity is so preoccupied with being a chef and being successful in this moment, and everything seems so life and death all the time,” says White. “I really think Carmy thinks if he fails at this, his life will end.

“It’s something I don’t feel as much about anymore, but as a younger man and a younger actor, I think at times my identity was very connected to acting and what I do, and I don’t know how well I knew myself outside of it.”

Joining White in this half-hour comedy are Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri, Abby Elliott, Lionel Boyce and Liza Colón-Zayas.

The oddly-named “The Bear” was produced for cable channel FX, but all eight episodes will only be available on Hulu’s streaming service.

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