Whether you love it, hate it, or are unable to set foot in a kitchen without threatening to burn it down, there’s no denying that cooking is a vital part of what it means to be human. Seeing as most of us can’t afford to exist on DoorDash and restaurants all the time, it’s inevitable that even the most stove-averse will find themselves preparing their own meals at some point.
This is the basis for a meme pulled from kitchen comedy drama The Bear, in which usually uses a photo of character Carmy to describe all kinds of flourishes and predicaments that we create when we’re cooking and eating. As relatable foibles go, the process of heating up a TV dinner is a pretty standard one. It means that there is plenty of ground for this meme to cover while it’s popular, and a few more situations besides what we choose to eat.