‘The Bear’ on Hulu: Jeremy Allen White worked in a Michelin star restaurant for Carmy's role
'He had to work extremely hard. Jeremy is very good with his knife now,' said co-showrunner Joanna Calo
Hulu is bringing a totally novel and quirky restaurant-themed comedy series ‘The Bear’, which is directed and executive-produced by Christopher Storer. The screenplay of the series has been written by both Christopher Storer and Alex O’Keefe.
Plot of the series ‘The Bear’ revolves around a young chef named Carmen ‘Carmy’ Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White). The young chef Carmy returns home to Chicago to handle his family’s sandwich shop named ‘The Original Beef of Chicagoland’ after a heartbreaking death within his family and things are never the same for Carmy again since he is totally away from the world that he is used to. Before the series releases on Hulu in next few days, avid fans can also watch food-based films like ‘Always Amore’, ‘Sugar Rush’, ‘Cook Off’ and ‘Waffles + Mochi’ to satiate their culinary cravings if they’re in mood for something lighter.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last month, co-showrunner Joanna Calo talked about how Jeremy Allen White totally went into method learning for his character of a chef said, “He had to work extremely hard. Jeremy is very good with his knife now”.
On this, adding more details on how gruelling his extensive training had been for this character of Carmy who’s a chef, Jeremy shared, “I was completely clueless in the kitchen before this show, and then I progressively got to kind of mediocre. I went to two weeks of cooking school. I worked in several really wonderful restaurants in Los Angeles, Chicago, and in New York. It was really amazing. I'd never studied a skill that much for any other job, and it was really great to have months of training to learn about character and learn about Carmy through a skill that he'd also studied”.
Jeremy said the restaurant he spent most of his time in was the Michelin star-rated Pasjoli in Santa Monica, California, to prepare for the character. Talking about his experience in working at the restaurant, he said, “The chef there, Dave Beran, was a chef at Alinea in Chicago, and he opened another small, tasting menu restaurant before Pasjoli that also got a Michelin star. He's a really serious guy, very good at what he does, and he let me spend a lot of time there. He let me cook on the line during busy nights. It was pretty incredible that they really let me in”.
Opening up on how they have infused the real authentic restaurant culture within the series, Joanna says, “We were very lucky in that we had access to a lot of chefs and had them come in, and specifically Matty Matheson really gave a lot of himself. The stories are insane, not only about what people are willing to put themselves through, but just the work ethic and the ways in which that ethic can both soothe and sort of help you evade any emotional processing, which kind of was perfect for our show. But also there's so much love there and a lot of kindness to each other, and those kitchens do become family. The stories that Matty would tell always involved a lot of violence and insanity and then also love”.
Food-based dramedy series ‘The Bear’ releases on June 23, 2022, at Hulu.
The trailer for the series ‘The Bear’ has been released. You can also watch it below: