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Vancouver cooking school serves up ‘The Bear’ inspired dinner

The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is paying homage to the popular cooking show The Bear by serving a five-course tasting dinner. Cecilia Hua spoke with the head chef about the inspirations behind the menu.

Some fans of the hit show The Bear got a real taste of the series in Vancouver, in the form of a pop-up dinner at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts.

The $125 tasting menu includes a five-course dinner, inspired by scenes from the show. Meals include “The Michael” Cannoli, Sydney’s Raviolo, and the Seven Fishes dinner from the Christmas episode.

“So there’s a quite a buzz everyone is talking about it in the kitchen, everyone is like, ‘Which episode are you at?'” said Lian Cosby, head chef of bistro and events.


Meals are dished up in the kitchen of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver
A Vancouver culinary school hosted two pop-up dinners inspired by the hit series The Bear. (CityNews Image)

The event has drawn so much attention that the institute had to add a second date — July 10 — to accommodate.

“I’m really excited about the seven fishes. I think people who follow The Bear, it’s quite a monumental episode because it’s absolute mayhem. Each fish has to be cooked differently, there has to be harmony in the dish. So I think this is a great challenge,” Cosby explained.

“Carmy in the show, his Italian roots he likes to show it in his cuisine quite a lot, so this kind of gives it a kick and this is going to go into our savoury cannoli.”


Head Chef Lian Cosby preps in the kitchen of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, The school hosted two pop-up dinners inspired by the hit series The Bear. (CityNews Image)
Head Chef Lian Cosby preps in the kitchen of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, The school hosted two pop-up dinners inspired by the hit series The Bear. (CityNews Image)

Cosby says the Emmy-winning show paints a very accurate representation of the stress and intensity that goes on behind the scenes at a fine-dining restaurant.

“I wuld say it;s extremely authentic, to the point it makes me anxious while watching it. There’s certain times of the day, like before bed, that I don’t think I could watch it. The view of kitchens in the past have been very — there’s a lot of screaming and swearing, it’s what the chef makes it. A lot of those ways are passé now and we’re going through a movement now of cooking for passion instead of fear and cooking to express yourself and give someone else an experience,” Cosby told CityNews.


A Vancouver culinary school hosted two pop-up dinners inspired by the hit series The Bear.
A Vancouver culinary school hosted two pop-up dinners inspired by the hit series The Bear. (CityNews Image)

Culinary students taking part in the event say it’s a lot of hard work but well worth the effort.

“It can be high stress, for sure, but if you’re willing to put in the effort and work, it’s very rewarding. Because a lot of people go home with smiles on their faces because they enjoyed the meal that you made for them,” said Sydney Noble, a student in the Culinary Advanced Program.

The institute will also be offering The Bear-inspired cooking classes later this month.

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