“The Bear” star Matty Matheson makes Canadian chefs and restaurateurs proud at the Emmys

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      Surprisingly absolutely no one who’s been watching The Bear in the past year, the restaurant dramedy series cleaned up at last night’s Emmys.

      The show was nominated for 13 awards and won 10 of them—including best lead actor going to star Jeremy Allen White and best supporting actor and actress going to cast members Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Ayo Edebiri, along with writing, directing, editing, and more. (The show also swept up at last week’s Golden Globes, taking home the trophy for Best TV Musical/Comedy Series, among others.)


      Sure, we’ve been saying “Yes, Chef!” to those new images of Carmy–err, White—in the new Calvin Klein campaign, but there’s another star on the show, and he’s making Canadian food folks extra proud.

      Foul-mouthed Toronto-based chef Matty Matheson—known for his show on Vice’s Munchies, as well as his small army of Toronto restaurants, including the instantly worshiped Prime Seafood Palace—stole the spotlight at the Emmys after getting kissed by co-star Ebon Moss-Bachrach during their acceptance speech for Outstanding Comedy Series (Matheson is also a co-producer of the show).

      “I just want to thank restaurants as a whole, hospitality as a whole,” the Newfoundland-born 41-year-old told the crowd. “I just love restaurants so much!”

      He’s no stranger to restaurants in our own fair city. In one episode of Keep It Canada, Matheson dines at award-winning Thai restaurant Maenam and Northern Chinese chain Peaceful Restaurant, and hangs with the owner of vegetarian eatery The Acorn. He has long been a staple of the Canadian restaurant scene, so it’s cool to see him get some recognition south of the border.

      “We’re all broken inside, and every single day, we’ve got to show up and cook and make people feel good by eating something and sitting at a table, and it’s really beautiful,” the Toronto-based restaurateur and budding actor said in his speech—undoubtedly eliciting nods from every chef, restaurateur, and waiter watching from home.