There are some people who are seemingly born with a natural aptitude for stepping into the kitchen and whipping up a delicious masterpiece; there are others who have perfected the art of burning water. Jeremy Allen White likely landed somewhere in the middle when he first took the role of Carmy in “The Bear.” Before, the actor had limited knowledge regarding knife skills, broiling vs baking, or how to create a hollandaise sauce. However, over two seasons in the kitchen, a culinary school crash course, and stints at prestigious eateries like Michelin star-level restaurant Pasjoli, White has certainly picked up a trick or two.
Still, White admits his cooking skills are nothing to get excited about. “A year ago, my brother-in-law had a birthday, and my wife and I wanted to host,” White recalled one nightmare scenario while talking with Esquire. “My brother-in-law just assumed that I was an amazing chef and I could prepare a dinner for 15 people. And so I tried, and I did okay, but I’m not that nice with it. People think that I can really move, and the truth is that I’m so-so. I’ve got a long way to go.” White’s fame as Chef Carmy has earned him inside access to almost every restaurant in town, making it far easier to eat out. “Yeah, we can get a table pretty easy. It’s cool,” the actor told The Wrap. “It doesn’t work everywhere. Not everybody’s seen ‘The Bear,’ you know?”