Based on the novel of the same name by Stephanie Danler, Sweetbitter chronicles a 22-year-old woman's (Ella Purnell) coming of age by virtue of working in the restaurant industry. The story is semi-autobiographical, and Sweetbitter is based on a real restaurant as well as a book. So both Tess' personal and professional struggles are based, in part, on real experiences.
The whole cast was also trained in restaurant service by the woman who originally trained Danler at Union Square Cafe back in the day. They had real food on set. The back-of-house terms they use are real, as anyone who has ever worked at a server or knows one can tell you, from "back waiter" to "behind you." There's a real specificity to this show.
According to The HuffingtonPost, "the realism of the show’s portrayal of the restaurant world goes well beyond the culinary details, to thorny issues like how sex, race and class manifest in the kitchen."
“Sweetbitter” airs Sundays on Starz.