Restaurateur Reem Assil of Reem’s Bakery is no stranger to the limelight, getting major shout-outs on television shows like “Ugly Delicious” and various online videos. Now, the James Beard Award-winning chef is taking to the small screen again to spread one of her central messages: working in restaurants can be brutal.
The Mercury News reports Assil wrote and stars in an episode of the new satirical show, “Normal Ain’t Normal.” The series, produced by Rosario Dawson and “Reservation Dogs” producer D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, will see a four-episode run on BuzzFeed following a premiere at the Oakland Museum of California. Titled “Share the Pie,” Assil’s episode shows the chef “juggling a typically frenetic day that begins with an obnoxious food journalist, played by Soleil Ho of the San Francisco Chronicle, and ends with a culinary awards ceremony where she receives an honor — and gives the esteemed panel a piece of her mind.”
The show brought in some heavy hitters for its limited run. Tommy Orange, the author of hit novel There There penned one episode, and Dawson acts in one of the episodes, in addition to co-producing. Assil told the paper writing and acting in the show was a meaningful chance to speak up about the issues she faces in the restaurant industry. “It was cathartic to be able to say out loud how (expletive) up it is that white male chefs get all the power in this industry at the expense of everyone else,” she told Mercury News. “In this, I said, ‘I’m done. I’m tired. And I’m trying to salvage what little power I have.’ I loved it.”
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