The Bear is truly great television. The episodes run between 30 and 40 minutes, they are shot in a wonderfully cinematic way and the writing is just chef's kiss. It’s also a very stressful watch. It follows a young chef, Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, who has to leave the world of fine dining to return to Chicago to run his family’s sandwich shop. Personalities clash and tempers flare around very sharp knives and searing hot pans. If you’ve not seen it, you may want to check it out before reading our lead; there are some references to the plot lines of the second season. But if the world of professional kitchens is of interest, perhaps just read on anyway.

Our reviewer, Rebbecca Scott, knows this world all too well having spent the last seven years interviewing chefs about their experiences (not to mention her family’s restaurant). She felt the show’s two seasons do a great job of capturing the beauty in passionate cooking but also the destruction that can lead to toxic working environments and terrible mental health issues among chefs.

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Naomi Joseph

Arts + Culture Editor

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My research on chefs’ mental health shows restaurants valorise isolation, abuse and violence – but The Bear avoids idealising this obsessive mindset.

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