Yes, Chef! ‘The Bear’ Has Been Renewed for a Third Season

We are getting another helping of The Bear.

Disney+ just announced the critically acclaimed FX series has been renewed for a third season. The next installment will hit screens sometime in 2024, with the first two seasons now streaming on Disney+.

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The Bear, which wowed audiences in its first season only to achieve even greater heights in season two, has become a cultural phenomenon,” FX entertainment president Nick Grad said in a statement shared on Monday.

Created by Christopher Storer, the hit TV show follows chef Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White) as he tries to elevate his family’s grimy Italian beef shop with his somewhat dysfunctional team. Season one racked up numerous awards and is currently nominated for 13 Emmys, no less. White also won the Golden Globe, SAG, and Critics Choice awards for a lead actor in a comedy series. (Not to mention he has singlehandedly renewed interest in the basic white tee.) Season two was only released in June but will no doubt go on to earn similar accolades.

Jeremy Allen White as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto in The Bear
Jeremy Allen White as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto.

“We’re so proud to partner with Christopher Storer, Joanna Calo, Josh Senior, and the rest of the creative team, as well as the brilliant cast led by Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri and Ebon Moss-Bachrach,” adds Grad. “What they and the crew have done is truly remarkable, and we and our partners at Hulu join fans in looking forward to the next chapter in the story of The Bear.”

Not every chef is sweet on The Bear, though. Rick Bayless, the Chicago restaurateur behind Frontera Grill, bashed the show during a conversation at The Wall Street Journal’s Global Food Forum in June. Bayless said he thought the series pushed back the industry another 20 years because it focused too much on the negative aspects of culinary careers.

“If you’re a mother of a teenage boy that’s watching that show and he goes, ‘Mom, I want to work in restaurants,’ would you let him?” Bayless asked The Journal’s business editor Jamie Heller. “No you wouldn’t. That’s like the worst profession in the world.”

The owner of the sandwich shop that inspired The Bear hasn’t even watched the show. Chris Zucchero, who helms Mr. Beef in Chicago, chose not to tune it because he was too busy. Ironically, he has been friends with Storer since kindergarten and appeared in the first three episodes as meat supplier Chi Chi.

Aside from a couple of chefs, well, stirring the pot, the response to The Bear has been overwhelmingly positive. The series even received a rare score of 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. A lot of viewers will be hungry for season three, then.

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