It may not be a Michelin star, but the expressions on the faces of the cast and lead creative team of “The Bear” seemed to say, it was good: Nineteen months after it premiered, the first season of FX's restaurant comedy series took home the Emmy for best comedy on Monday night.
The series was nominated for 13 Emmys in its first year of eligibility, including first-time nominations for Jeremy Allen White, who plays driven chef Carmy, a former rising star of the New York culinary scene who inherits a Chicago sandwich shop. his deceased brother; Ayo Edebiri, who plays an upstart young sous chef; and Ebonne Moss-Bachrach, who plays Richie, Carmy's cousin.
In total, the show won six Emmys, including Best Actor in a Comedy for White, Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Edebiri, and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Moss-Bachrach.
“I want to thank the entire restaurant and the overall hospitality,” Mattie Matheson, who plays Neil Fawkes in “The Bear,” began as a chef, cast and creative team gathered on stage to accept the award. Great comedy. Then Moss-Bachrach entered and gave him a long kiss on the lips. “I love you, Ebon,” Matheson said after he recovered.
“The Bear” Season 1 became a breakout show in the summer of 2022, surprising many with its gritty aesthetic and lack of an A-list cast. But the clash of combustible egos and realistic depictions of restaurant work — with its constant pressure, impossible deadlines and “yes, chefs” — proved irresistible to viewers. (White's signature tight-fitting white shirt — and now Calvin Klein ads everywhere — probably didn't hurt.)
Although the show's critically acclaimed second season arrives on Hulu in June, only its first season, which debuted in the summer of 2022, is up for Emmy consideration this time around; The qualifying window for Monday's ceremony, which ran from June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023, was unusually long ago. (The ceremony, originally scheduled for September, was delayed by writer and actor strikes last year.) Last week's Golden Globe win for best comedy is for its second season.
Rest assured, more “Yes, Chefs” are coming soon: The show was renewed for a third season in November.