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This is what happens when a man best known for martial arts comedies decides to make a cooking show.

Creator/StephenChow plays "Stephen Chow" ([[LostInTranslation the Chinese characters in his name are different from his actual name]]), the undisputed "[[TitleDrop God Of Cookery]]". His respect highly valued and his skills beyond compare, he's supported by TheTriadsAndTheTongs and big businesses alike, making him untouchable, until all of a sudden his support dries up and he's cast aside for Bull Tong, who reveals Stephen can't actually cook. Thrown and beaten to the street, he's helped by a disfigured noodle vendor named Turkey, until he's dead smack in the middle of brutal gang politics of street food vendors between Turkey and her rival Goosehead. Can Stephen find a way to regain his honor and title?
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!!''God of Cookery'' provides examples Of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: The "fangirl" who brings flowers. Also, Turkey; [[spoiler: she becomes less abhorrent after some plastic surgery in the ending]].
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Kitchen knives that can slice through falling ingredients without knocking them to the side.
* AssKickingPose: The Eighteen Brassmen of Shaolin, before and ''during'' Stephen's subsequent ass-kicking.
* BadassGrandpa: The Headmaster of Shaolin Temple "[[UnusualEuphemism Wet Dream]]"...no, seriously. He drifts away like a ghost, teleports, and makes you bleed out of all your orifices in one strike.
* BadBoss: Stephen at first, later Bull Tong
* BadMoonRising: Bull gets worried when he sees nine stars in alignment during the final competition
* BarehandedBladeBlock: {{Deconstructed}} - Turkey's left hand is [[BloodyHandprint lacerated severely]] from grabbing Goosehead's machete. Still, she's just too angry to let that stop her, leading to an OhCrap moment from Goosehead.
* BerserkButton: Turkey is quiet about it, but [[spoiler: she loves Stephen and if you attempt to harm him, literally or figuratively, you'll need more than machetes to stop her]].
* BloodyHandprint: Turkey puts a friendly hand on Stephen's shoulder after saving his life, but to his disgust it leaves a bloody handprint on his shirt.
* BoringButPractical: A folding chair; hilariously {{lampshaded}} by Nancy Sit as Stephen keeps beating Bull with it during the cook-off.
* BreakTheHaughty: Sort of; Stephen acts a bit nicer once he loses his empire, but as soon as he's on the track to getting in back, he returns to his old tricks. It's not towards the end he finally becomes a better person.
* BulletTime: Preparing ingredients while they are in the air
* CallingYourAttacks: Or in this case, calling your frying, chopping, etc. cooking techniques
* TheCatCameBack: [[spoiler: When Stephen runs off to mainland China to get away from Turkey]]
* CausticCritic: Judge Nancy Sit, [[AsHimself playing as herself]], seems this way until she finishes winnowing down the competition to the only two characters that matter, only to breathlessly invert this trope.
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: Stephen brings out a folding chair to beat up Bull in the middle of their CookingDuel. Nancy compliments his use of the chair in the same terms as she does the cooking.
* ChefOfIron: Starts with Bull and escalates steadily from there
* ContrivedCoincidence: How Stephen found the Shaolin temple
* CookingDuel: Begins with one, [[BookEnds ends with one]].
* DeceptiveDisciple: Bull to Stephen
* DeusExMachina One of the most {{egregious}} and ''literal'' examples in Chinese cinema.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Subverted; Nancy does an extended dance sequence while walking back and forth along the row of competitiors, then promptly eliminates the contestants for watching her instead of cooking. Subverted because it's humorously bizarre rather than alluring.
* DivineIntervention: Counts as a BigLippedAlligatorMoment
* DressedInLayers: Bull, twice in the movie
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: Subversion - Nancy seems to know an awful lot about Shaolin martial arts, even though she doesn't partake in any fighting at all.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Bull's business partner [[spoiler: is reverted to his "true" form of a dog via DivineIntervention]]
* FoodPorn: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha_Jumps_Over_the_Wall Buddha Jumps Over the Wall]]" is a RealLife Fujian dish containing dozens of meats, fish, and shellfish in a stew taking two days to prepare due to the need to let some of the ingredients to sit overnight. It was named by a scholar who thought it was so delicious that Buddha himself would give up vegetarianism to try it.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The proposed promo delivered by the MC of the first competition includes a question of whether Chow is a god from the Heavens or a devil from Hell because of his cooking abilities. [[spoiler: The DeusExMachina reveals Chow is a {{Reincarnation}} of the Kitchen God's assistant, exiled from Heaven for having spilled culinary secrets to mankind]].
* {{Gonk}}: Turkey [[spoiler: until the end of the movie]] and the "fangirl"; this is but one of Stephen Chow's numerous {{Signature Style}}s.
* HeelFaceTurn: Goosehead and his food stall staff/gang joins with Turkey after Stephen convinces the two to band together to create the "pissing beef balls"[[note]]Mantis shrimp inside a beef ball[[/note]].
* HostageSituation: [[spoiler: Bull and his business partner have recruited Nancy's son into the triads, forcing her to call the competition in his favor]].
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood[=/=]OrgasmicallyDelicious: This causes an ImagineSpot twice
* InMediaRes: ''God of Cookery'' starts after Stephen loses his business empire and is kicked to the streets
* {{Jerkass}}: Stephen, who raises pettiness almost to the point of [[EvilIsPetty outright evil]].
* JustInTime: [[spoiler: Stephen barely makes it to the second contest]]
* {{Kayfabe}}: [[spoiler: The first contest is entirely rigged to make Stephen look good]]
* KickTheDog: Too many moments by both Stephen and the villains to count
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown
** Bull does this once to show he's now the boss...an even ''more'' ruthless one than Stephen.
** The {{irony}} is Stephen still does this later while pretending to calm down a fight after regaining his wealth.
* LockedIntoStrangeness: Stephen's hair turns white as a result of the HumiliationConga and TrainingFromHell he endures.
* LotusPosition: With [[LevitatingLotusPosition subverted levitation]] - Headmaster Wet Dream sits down like this in the middle of the last contest and appears to be levitating, [[spoiler: until the camera moves and reveals he's being carried out by security]].
* MacheteMayhem: The favorite weapon of many a street thug; also one of the most unpleasant {{Bare Handed Blade Block}}s you'll ever see.
* TheManMakesTheWeapon: If you can be disarmed with a simple teaspoon, you probably haven't been spending enough time behind a chopping block.
* MartialArtsAndCrafts: Cooking has never been so dangerous!
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The last third of the film makes cooking ''awesome''
* MundaneUtility: Chi blasts to cook food, among others
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Performed by the Eighteen Brassmen of Shaolin on Stephen
* NoNameGiven: Despite playing an important role, Ng Man Tat's character of Stephen and Bull's buisness parter/triad boss is never named.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Turkey returns and [[SheCleansUpNicely cleans up nicely]] thanks to MagicPlasticSurgery]].
* OvenLogic: Subverted by RuleOfCool when Bull cooks his Buddha Jumps Over the Wall that takes normally 49 hours in two minutes, powered by his internal chi.
* ThePowerOfLove: The winning dish "Sorrowful Rice"
* SeriousBusiness: Cooking; it's big business, as well.
* ShoutOut
** The Eighteen Brassmen of Shaolin are a reference to the 1976 Chinese film "18 Bronzemen" (''Shaolin Zi Shi Ba Tong Ren'').
** In one scene, Stephen states "I don't mean to show others I'm capable: I just want to tell others that I can get back what I've lost". This dialogue is similar to the one used by Mark Lee in ''Film/ABetterTomorrow''. Furthermore, another reference to the film is used when [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster Stephen lights his cigar using a Hong Kong bank note.]]
** There are multiple references to JinYong:
*** Chow's final dish [[spoiler: after his ex-business partner ruins his Buddha Jumps Over The Wall]] is a simple rice-vegetable-barbeque pork bowl Turkey made for him when they first meet each other. It's dubbed "Sorrowful Rice"; the strongest [[{{Wuxia}} technique]] used by Yang Guo in ''Literature/TheReturnOfTheCondorHeroes'' is the "[[EmpathicWeapon Sorrowful Palm]]".
*** After Turkey saves Stephen from Goosehead and his vendors, [[SpontaneousChoreography she immediately starts singing]]. The song is the opening theme to the 1983 LiveActionAdaptation of ''Literature/LegendOfTheCondorHeroes''.
*** Certain techniques used by Stephen and Bull in their cooking duel are named after techniques from ''Literature/HeavenSwordAndDragonSabre''.
* SuckOutThePoison: Stephen by Wet Dream, though PlayedForLaughs; may count as {{Squick}}.
* SupremeChef: Stephen, [[spoiler:but subverted when he starts out pretending to be one. Played straight by the end of the movie]].
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: [[spoiler: Done twice by the unnamed business partner - first with cheap beef sold in his restaurants, causing food poisoning, which gets Stephen arrested by the authorities and done a second time by placing a bomb in Stephen's container for his Buddha Jumps Over The Wall]].
* ThreeActStructure: Each roughly 30 minutes or so
* TookALevelInBadass: Stephen after training in the hidden monastery
* TransformationSequence: Try to say "Magical Chef Transformation Sequence" with a straight face
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: [[spoiler: The entire cooking association lead by Steven's right-hand man]]
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Stephen is a serious asshole for 2/3 of the movie
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