First, the meals on The Bear all appears to be like so good because of Courtney Storer, who’s the culinary producer on the collection. She’s labored in among the largest and finest kitchens on the earth, like Verjus in Paris, and is now a non-public chef. Courtney creates all of the meals seen onscreen.
Ebon Moss-Bachrach, who performs Richie, said he needed to study Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” particularly for Richie’s singing second in “Forks,” Episode 7. He stated he was “nervous” about it as a result of he “wasn’t conversant in the track.”
Season 2, Episode 6, “Fishes,” features a number of notable visitor stars, together with Jamie Lee Curtis, Sarah Paulson, and John Mulaney. The forged came upon about every visitor star as they have been forged.
Jamie was a fan of The Bear earlier than becoming a member of the forged in Season 2. The truth is, she stated that as quickly as she noticed the primary episode, the place Sugar/Natalie (performed by Abby Elliott) asks Carmy (performed by Jeremy Allen White) about their mom, she “knew that [she] would play her.”
With a view to get the timing of the kitchen moments in “Fishes” down excellent, the forged was lined up within the hallway ready for his or her time to enter as Jamie’s Donna was cooking.
For Season 2, Courtney needed to ensure the meals aesthetic advanced but additionally paid tribute to the Berzatto household and moments from Season 1. For example, the donut from Season 1 has now “advanced into this zeppole with fermented cherry glaze.”
Lionel Boyce, who performs Marcus, stated that whereas he was filming the rolling-dough scene with Will Poulter’s Luca, the duo started to “riff a bit bit” whereas joking about basketball. He stated Will stored making him chortle whereas they have been taking pictures the scene.
Whereas making ready to movie “Forks,” The Bear crew looked at sci-fi films like 2001: House Odyssey and Ridley Scott movies in an effort to determine find out how to create the mysterious (and completely different) environment seen on the Michelin-starred restaurant Richie works at.
“Forks” was shot on location at Ever in Chicago, which is owned by chef Curtis Duffy. It is his second restaurant in Chicago and at present holds two Michelin stars. Since it is a working restaurant, whereas the forged and crew filmed within the eating room, the cooks can be engaged on new dishes within the kitchen.
Whereas making ready for Season 2, Ebon said he went to “some fairly good eating places” and noticed their kitchens in an effort to put together for Richie’s time spent at a Michelin-starred kitchen in Episode 7.
In “Fishes,” Jon Bernthal improvised Mikey’s desk flip on the finish of the episode, which occurs after Mikey throws one more fork at Bob Odenkirk’s Uncle Lee.
Previous to the beginning of Season 2, Abby shadowed at a restaurant in an effort to get a really feel for what it is like behind the scenes. Whereas she labored as a bunch at a restaurant rising up, she stated that observing a kitchen now was a unique expertise.
With a view to make the Marcus-centered episode in Copenhagen really feel different from the remainder of the collection, The Bear introduced in a brand new director of images, Adam Newport-Berra, who had beforehand shot the pilot, and Ramy Youssef directed the episode, marking the primary time an episode wasn’t directed by Christopher or showrunner Joanna Calo.
Ebon did not find out that Olivia Colman had been forged as Chef Terry till about “two weeks earlier than [they] shot” the episode.
Like her character, Tina, who attended culinary college in Season 2, Liza Colón-Zayas was additionally sent to work with a chef in an effort to put together for Tina’s expanded position within the kitchen. She labored with David Waltuck, who ran the restaurant Chanterelle, in addition to with Courtney.
Richie goes via an enormous character arc in Season 2, and Ebon stated that Christopher told him his character’s trajectory whereas they have been filming Season 1.
Lots of thought went into the fits Richie wore in Season 2. Ebon labored with costume designers Cristina Spiridakis and Courtney Wheeler to provide you with the right fits. He said he at all times thought Richie would need to emulate Al Pacino in Warmth, so that they went for a black swimsuit with a darkish swimsuit and darkish tie.
Courtney worked with every of the actors to assist them with their culinary expertise. In Season 2, Courtney and Ayo Edebiri, who performs Sydney, truly made the omelet Syd makes for Sugar at Courtney’s home earlier than they re-created it on set.
The cellphone name between Richie and Tiffany (Gillian Jacobs) was not in the original script however was added the week earlier than they filmed Episode 7.
In Season 2, Episode 2, “Pasta,” when Richie pokes the ceiling and all the mildew and mud falls on his head, Ebon stated he originally pitched the concept of a “bunch of reside rats” falling down on him too, however Disney (which owns Hulu) reportedly stated they did not need to work with reside animals.
And eventually, one of many hardest (and most emotional) scenes in Season 2 for Ebon to movie was the large battle between Carmy and Richie within the finale. He said that what helped him get via that scene was “taking a look at Molly [Gordon]’s face proper earlier than.”