Season 3 of 'The Bear' to debut one day earlier than previously announced

Chicago’s food scene is “the lifeblood” of “The Bear,” cast member Ebon Moss-Bachrach told reporters during a news conference call with co-stars Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri on Monday.

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Ebon Moss-Bachrach (from left), Ayo Edebiri and Jeremy Allen White pose with their Emmy Award statuettes earlier this year.

Season 3 of “The Bear” will drop sooner than expected, FX announced Monday. The show’s stars Ebon Moss-Bachrach (from left), Ayo Edebiri and Jeremy Allen White (shown here with their Emmy Award statuettes earlier this year) said the season will again feature real-world Chicago restaurants.

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Fans of “The Bear” can settle in with Season 3 of the hit show one day earlier, it was announced Monday during a news conference for the FX series.

The release of all 10 episodes of the Chicago-based series has moved up to 8 p.m. Wednesday on Hulu. (Here’s everything we know about the upcoming season.)

Fans can definitely expect to see more tributes to Chicago’s real-life restaurant scene, Season 3 cast members said at Monday’s news conference. The event featured all the major stars, including Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Ayo Edebiri, via Zoom.

Chicago restaurateurs were key to this season’s storyline, the cast said.

“It’s intrinsic to the show. That is part of the lifeblood of the show, the Chicago restaurant scene, and I do think this season does reflect how important they are to us telling the story,” said Moss-Bachrach, who plays Richie, aka “cousin.”

When asked where they ate around town while filming here this year, the cast gave shout-outs to Kasama, the Michelin-starred Filipino restaurant in Ukrainian Village that made a cameo in Season 2; chef Stephanie Izard’s Duck Duck Goat; West Loop’s Viaggio; and Birrieria Zaragoza from chef Jonathan Zaragoza.

Edebiri, who plays chef Sydney, gave a shout-out at an awards ceremony this year to soul food restaurant Oooh Wee It Is, added that the show’s cast and crew have formed tight bonds with a lot of people who work in Chicago restaurants, including local chefs who have been instructive to the show or let the series film at their locations.

“It’s a beautiful relationship that we’re all very grateful for,” Edebiri said. Eight members of the cast were together for the call, during which they joked with one another, and their off-screen comradery was apparent.

The restaurant kitchen drama was created by Chicago-area native Christopher Storer. Matty Matheson, who plays Fak, said Storer’s personal love for the city informs a lot of what happens on screen.

“I think we’re just showing that we love Chicago,” Matheson said. “I think more little tidbits are going to come out. I think showing and shining light on a lot of amazing things about Chicago in a positive way are definitely things that we love doing.”

The cast has also been making the rounds on late-night TV, and recently Moss-Bachrach joked on “Late Night With Seth Meyer"s that his sodium levels had skyrocketed after spending time in Chicago.

When asked about that quip at the news conference Monday, Moss-Bachrach joked that “my sodium levels have returned to my normal when I’m at home and can cook for myself.”

“I love the food of Chicago, and I have a certain diet I like to eat there,” Moss-Bachrach added Monday. “I know that Chicago has a whole food diaspora, but I really lean into the kind of the … I don’t know what you’d call it …”

“The underbelly,” Edebiri offered.

“Yeah, the underbelly,” Moss-Bachrach. “The under pork belly.”

The show’s star, Jeremy Allen White, who plays Carmy, said what he loves about our city’s cuisine is the greatness found from fine dining to the fast-casual spots, like Italian beef or hot dog stands.

“You can find such beautiful food at every single sort of scale,” White said. “You can be impressed by something at every level, which I guess is true of a lot of cities, but I find it to be very clear and sort of in your face in the city of Chicago.”

Liza Colón-Zayas, who plays chef Tina, added that she digs Chicago’s Puerto Rican food scene.

The cast members agreed that working on the show has changed how they are as customers in restaurants. Now, they say they are more conscious of wanting to help servers clear places or clean up after themselves.

“You just know how hard restaurant workers work,” said Abby Elliott, who plays Carmy’s sister, Natalie, aka Sugar.

Oh, and about those rumors that the crew was filming Seasons 3 and 4 back to back?

“We did something like that,” White said.

“Yeah, a little version of it, sort of, but not exactly,” Edebiri added.

Elliott chimed in with: “You’ll have to find out.”

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