Everything to Know About "The Bear" Season 2 — Including Some Major Cameos

It turns out, transforming a restaurant is a lot of work. That's the lesson Carmen "Carmy" Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), Sydney (Ayo Edebiri), Richie (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), and co. learn in the second season of "The Bear," released by FX on Hulu on June 22. In the new episodes, they try to turn the former Original Beef of Chicagoland into the renamed and remodeled The Bear. FX released the full trailer for the series on May 15, which gave viewers the first look at the chaos.

The high-intensity drama proved to be one of the surprise breakouts of 2022, earning White his first-ever Golden Globe win and praise from critics for its realistic depiction of working in a kitchen, intense and consistent pacing, and outstanding performances. It's the type of show where seemingly anything could happen, though Edebiri warned fans last summer that they shouldn't hope Carmy and Sydney's bond will become romantic. "I don't want to rain on anybody's parade, but I don't think so. I don't think so. And Jeremy has said this, too," she told TVLine in August.

Ahead, read everything we know about the second installment of "The Bear."

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"The Bear" Season 2 Trailer

FX released the season two trailer on May 15. In it, Carmy and his coworkers try to renovate the restaurant as quickly and cheaply as possible. Carmy and Sydney also try to work out just what type of food they want to sell, calling it a "chaos menu."

"The Bear" Season 2 Plot

"The Bear" Season 2 Plot

In "The Bear" season one, Carmen "Carmy" Berzatto moves to Chicago to take over his family's sandwich shop, The Beef, after inheriting it from his brother, Michael. While in New York, Carmy worked at the best restaurant in the city and was a rising star in the world of fine dining. But when he moves back to Chicago, his new, strong-willed staff couldn't care less about his acclaim and aren't thrilled about his grand ideas to change the restaurant. But as the series progresses, the staff (and Carmy) come around, they start to work more efficiently together, the kitchen gets cleaner, and it becomes clear that — even through all the yelling and fighting — they have grown together and created a fantastic menu.

The penultimate episode of season one contains mostly screaming as the chefs try to get a handle on their new to-go ordering system. Carmy freaks out and lashes out at his sous chef, Sydney, and his baker, Marcus (Lionel Boyce), both of whom end up quitting. However, by the end of the finale, they return to The Beef. Carmy apologizes to them, but it's clear there's a lot to work through between the three.

Near the end of the season, Carmy and co. find a ton of money hidden in the tomato cans, left by Carmy's brother, Michael. Earlier in the finale, it's revealed that Michael and Carmy always envisioned opening a restaurant together called The Bear. At the end of the episode, Carmy posts a sign at the door saying The Beef is closed and The Bear is coming soon.

In season two, Carmy, Sydney, Richie, Carmy's sister Natalie (Abby Elliott) and the rest of the crew try to transform the restaurant into The Bear. They create a ruthlessly fast timeline and face tons of challenges when it comes to renovating and retooling the space.

"The Bear" Season 2 Cast and Cameos

"The Bear" Season 2 Cast and Cameos

"The Bear" season two includes White as Carmy, Edebiri as Sydney, Moss-Bachrach as Richie, Boyce as Marcus, Liza Colón-Zayas as Tina, Edwin Lee Gibson as Ebra, Matty Matheson as Neil Fak, and Elliott as Natalie, aka Sugar. Oliver Platt is also back as Cicero, aka Uncle Jimmy, who continues to loan them money for the restaurant. Chris Witaske is Pete, Sugar's husband.

Molly Gordon also joins the cast as Claire, Carmy's childhood friend he reconnects with who's now a doctor. Episode three also features cameos from quite a few real-life Chicago chefs, and Will Poulter cameos in episode four as a chef who helps train Marcus during his trip to Copenhagen.

In a June 29 interview with Variety, Poulter confessed that he "literally begged" to be on the show. "I called them," he explained. "I asked if I could meet with Chris Storer and basically communicated that I was such a fan of so much of his work, but especially 'The Bear.'" He called the experience "one of the best experiences of my life."

"He was kind enough to gift me with the offer to play Luca and it really changed my life, to be honest. It kind of helped me realize a dream of playing a chef on TV," Poulter explained, adding that he has "immense" respect for people who work in the restaurant industry and that they don't "get enough thanks." His mom, he said, also went to culinary school.

Episode six, titled "Fishes," takes place almost five years before the events of season two and flashes back to a Berzatto family Christmas. Jon Bernthal reprises his role as Carmy's late older brother, Michael (who died by suicide before season one), but the episode also features a ton of other cameos. The most significant is Jamie Lee Curtis as the family's overbearing matriarch, Donna. Bob Odenkirk also joins in the fun as Uncle Lee. Sarah Paulson plays Cousin Michelle and Chicago-native John Mulaney plays her partner Stevie. Gillian Jacobs plays Tiffany, who was then still married to Richie and pregnant with their daughter.

In episode seven, Oscar-winner Olivia Colman pops up as the chef at a three-star restaurant.

"The Bear" Season 2 Streaming

"The Bear" Season 2 Streaming

All 10 episodes of "The Bear" season two are streaming now on Hulu.