Last month I binged my new favorite show The Bear, now streaming on Hulu. The story follows the plight of a young, renowned chef named Carmy (played by Jeremy Allen White) who returns to his hometown of Chicago after the death of a family member. Upon returning, he is forced to take over the family’s Italian sandwich shop “The Beef,” and as soon as we are invited into this world, we are pulled right into an anxiety-inducing story about love, respect, and what food can do to heal a family.
Right at the top, we are introduced to my favorite character Tina, a no-nonsense, long-time employee and family friend of “The Beef” who is played by the incomparable Nuyorican actress and writer Liza Colón-Zayas…
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