While The Bear Season 2 might be a fictional representation of building a sophisticated restaurant in Chicago, the food is a driving character that unites all the personalities. Although the drama is high throughout the season and impeccable food fills many scenes, one quiet moment should not be overlooked.
Food television is often filled with culinary competitions and celebrity chefs presenting intricate dishes. Those beautifully plated dishes can entice people to rush to make a reservation or attempt to recreate that dish. While there are plenty of moments in The Bear Season 2 that showcase the fictional chefs’ creativity, another moment captures what food can mean to people. Putting away the tweezers, the elevated ingredients, and culinary techniques, it is a thoughtfully prepared dish that captures the heart of that a great chef can do.
In one of the later episodes of The Bear Season 2, Carmy’s sister is tired and hungry. When she feels that she is at her brink, she turns to Syndey and asks her to make an omelet. Although there are plenty of high end ingredients sitting in the walk-in, the simple, well-prepared dish is more meaningful indulging in a tin of caviar.
As Sydney prepares the omelet, she makes the extra effort. From scrambling the egg to carefully chopping the chives, she is offering her form of love. She could have just thrown some eggs in a pan and been done. Instead, she wanted to present a plate that satiates not just hunger but also fills an emotional need.
Even though people are devouring the food moments throughout The Bear Season 2, this simple scene is one that can be appreciated and accomplished by anyone. It is not necessarily recreating that omelet in exact precision. Rather, it is about channeling the sentiment. The reason why this omelet appeared to taste so good was that it was made with love, intention. Anyone and everyone can bring that concept to food that they prepare for others.
While food television can be entertaining, sometimes there are a few hidden gems mixed into the viewing enjoyment. Take a lesson from this moment in The Bear Season 2. Cooking with intention can be the secret ingredient that makes any dish more flavorful.
The Bear Season 2 can be streamed on Hulu.