Stock tension-relief method of the Stepford Smiler
and the Team Chef
alike, Panic Cooking is when someone tries to relieve stress through cooking, and when the moment of madness ends finds themselves with dishes covering every flat surface and no idea what to do with it.
- Josie in Fresh Meat loses her university place and bakes about a dozen fruit crumbles of increasingly bizarre combinations.
- Monica in Friends has a tendency to do this, being a Super OCD Supreme Chef. One Thanksgiving she pre-cooks multiple turkeys because they keep not coming out quite right.