The Bear

Has this show inspired anyone to start cooking more? Is it an accurate depiction of what it's like to work in a restaurant? Does it make you question your life choices?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Is it an accurate depiction of what it's like to work in a restaurant?
    It's way overdramatized, but it does nail some things down to a tee. Like the stress and the teamwork.
    >Does it make you question your life choices?
    I don't work in the industry anymore, I went into a trade (albeit a useless one) and get paid more to do a much less stressful job.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Certainly I'd expect things to be overdramatized for entertainment. I'll show my ignorance now, but when they were still The Beef I initially thought the assembly line was a bit extra for a small sandwich shop. But then I have to remember even chain restaurants need people on top of their game at every station at every moment. Definitely made me appreciate the restaurant experience more than I already do.

      One of the dumber posts I've seen on this board. >>>Culinaly is that way.

      It's a show about food. There's room for cross-board discussions.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >I initially thought the assembly line was a bit extra for a small sandwich shop
        idk. I was a line cook in an small but award winning pub that only sat like 40 people MAX (10 tables and a 10 chair bar) and the kitchen was as large as the dining room.
        honestly even then it felt too small.
        We only had three people in the kitchen at a time: chef, line cook, dishwasher/prep.

        I'm sure it's different everywhere but you can never really have too much kitchen space (within reason)

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          The only kitchen I've seen was my ex's family's Mexican restaurant. Tiny kitchen packed with 5+ people. Food was amazing. Lot of overlap with ingredients across the different dishes, so I guess lots of storage wasn't necessary. Hardly any room for anyone to walk away from their station though.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Hardly any room for anyone to walk away from their station though.
            yeah that's usually the issue. and it really does NOT help that most line cooks and chefs are CHONKY. the kitchen I was in sounds large but there were so many different tables and appliances and ingredients and shelves that there were only two small aisles and then you had to squeeze around the fat frick chef while trying to take burning hot sheet pans to the dish pit or pulling backups out the walk-in during a ticket backup.
            and, yeah, I'm sure with the Mexicans it helps that every dish is streamlined in terms of ingredients and efficiency, and that the Mexicans are sending telepathic beaner abuela rays into each other's mind.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >the Mexicans are sending telepathic beaner abuela rays into each other's mind
              I am under the notion that there is no such thing as fine dining Mexican restaurants because of the telepathic beaner abuela rays. Once white people enter the kitchen it's game over (they most certainly be in the manager office though keeping the business afloat).

              I haven't watched anything other than anime in over a decade. I cook every single day.

              I would imagine you've watched Food Wars then?

              i've only been doing this shit for 4 years but i can confidently say that any chef worth a shit is getting paid the big bucks working some fancy fine dining place or catering. i've only worked at pubs and the only non drug addict i worked with in my entire life was a former hardcore criminal who got cut loose because he was remorseful or something. around 75% of the people i've ever worked with have either smoked meth or are currently smoking meth. and this is from a town that's over 95% white, bros. it's uncommon to even have brown hair + brown eyes and this is what it's like. i can't even fathom putting third worlders into the mix.

              What's the career ladder like? Do you start working at shitty local restaurants and work your way up? Is culinary school required to get anywhere worthwhile in the field?

              https://i.imgur.com/9zclky7.jpg

              Much like Shameless they don't depict an accurate Chicago. I find that annoying but it's whatever.

              Food wise, it made me inspect new foods now. I enjoyed the scene where the head chef sends the Black guy and the Black lady who almost ruined the show to try new foods. They crumble pieces,poke,and prod foods. After doing this I think my cooking as gotten better because I now can conceptualize what food is supposed to feel and look like before I cook it for the first time.

              I was also disappointed there wasn't more Latino influence in the show much like Shameless. It's like Hollywood types writers assume only Blacks and Whites live here. Many such cases.

              >wasn't more Latino influence
              Tina and one of the dish guys fit that role, but that's it. I'm from the southwest and there are more Mexicans than white people out here. Still went to high school with <5 black people.
              >Shameless
              Didn't realize Jeremy White is in that show as well. I will have to give it a watch.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    One of the dumber posts I've seen on this board. >>>Culinaly is that way.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You don't use this board often.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It's the only board I use anymore in fact. And I plan for it to stay that way.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >CHEF I NEED ONE HOT DOG W/ MUSTARD NOW!!!

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Plotless drama
      Let me tell you, there most certainly is a plot. It's they have a restaurant and they run it.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    From what I've seen it looks like a plotless drama.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I haven't watched anything other than anime in over a decade. I cook every single day.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    if you don't have tattoos, you're not a real chef

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      If you don't have a drug problem, two ex-wives, and crippling depression, you're not a real chef.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i've only been doing this shit for 4 years but i can confidently say that any chef worth a shit is getting paid the big bucks working some fancy fine dining place or catering. i've only worked at pubs and the only non drug addict i worked with in my entire life was a former hardcore criminal who got cut loose because he was remorseful or something. around 75% of the people i've ever worked with have either smoked meth or are currently smoking meth. and this is from a town that's over 95% white, bros. it's uncommon to even have brown hair + brown eyes and this is what it's like. i can't even fathom putting third worlders into the mix.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    “The Bear” sounds like the name of a gay porno, I won’t watch it

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Much like Shameless they don't depict an accurate Chicago. I find that annoying but it's whatever.

    Food wise, it made me inspect new foods now. I enjoyed the scene where the head chef sends the Black guy and the Black lady who almost ruined the show to try new foods. They crumble pieces,poke,and prod foods. After doing this I think my cooking as gotten better because I now can conceptualize what food is supposed to feel and look like before I cook it for the first time.

    I was also disappointed there wasn't more Latino influence in the show much like Shameless. It's like Hollywood types writers assume only Blacks and Whites live here. Many such cases.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Black guy
      Marcus is great. You can tell he really enjoys pastries and the art of it. Also enjoyed seeing Will Poulter for an episode.

      >Black lady who almost ruined the show to try new foods
      That episode could have been cut down greatly and it's unreasonable to expect her to try ALL of those foods in one day, but the montage was filmed well nonetheless. The editing in general is great and I love seeing the shots of food in every episode. What I DON'T love is the potential shipping of her and the main character. I get restaurants are a high-stress environment and I've been told everyone sleeps with everyone, but I do not consent to this pairing.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This is just more trash out of hollywood. The food scenes and busy restaurant scenes carry it.
    >supposed to be a comedy but utterly devoid of any humor
    >carmy is jacked for some unexplained reason, never shown working out and wouldn't even have time to
    >portrays italian family full of negative stereotypes while the mom and two sons are played by israeli actors
    >season 2 absolutely sucks compared to the first in typical fashion

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I watched the first 5 episodes. It was alright.

    >Has this show inspired anyone to start cooking more?
    No. It did inspire me to run that sandwich, though. Hot, sweet, dry, wet, or dipped.
    >Is it an accurate depiction of what it's like to work in a restaurant?
    Meh. Best I've seen, but it's hard to capture. Rather, it's hard to capture AND make it interesting. Just like any profession, most of it's tedium.
    I worked with a guy who worked at a Grant Achatz restaurant. Some of the things Carmen did reminded me of stories the guy I worked with would tell. Not really stories, but practices.
    >Does it make you question your life choices?
    No, I do that. Not TV shows.

    30ish years in F&B industry.

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