‘Yes, Chef!’ The birthing cry of a restaurant

“The Bear,” Season 2

Streaming on Hulu

When Carmy and Sydney set out to open a restaurant, they begin with a greeting.

“Yes, Chef” and “Thank you, Chef” will be the bookends for every conversation. Politeness always, even amidst the chaos of a busy kitchen.

“The Bear” is an absorbing portrait of the birth of a restaurant. The 10-course second season is even better than the tasty first season.

The Hulu series, which offers a free 30-day trial, works on so many levels.

First, it’s an entertaining drama packed with fine lead performances from Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri, backed up by “supporting” gifts from the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis and Olivia Colman.

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At the center of this cave is Bear, who leaves his dream chef job to come home to Chicago to run the family sandwich shop, after his brother dies. To call the place “a dive” might be generous.


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