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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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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: The "fangirl" who brings flowers. Also, Turkey; [[spoiler: she becomes less abhorrent after some plastic surgery]].
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Kitchen knives that can slice through falling ingredients without knocking them to the side.
* AssKickingPose: Eighteen Brassmen of Shaolin! Before and ''during'' Stephen's subsequent ass-kicking.
* BadassGrandpa: The Headmaster of Shaolin Temple, "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. At first, Stephen does act a bit nicer once he loses his empire, but as soon as he's on the track to getting in back, he's back 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: Nancy Sit, playing as herself and the judge, 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 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, [[spoiler: [[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 declares the contestants "out" for watching her instead of cooking. 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: "Buddha Jumps Over the Wall" is a real Fujian Chinese dish containing dozens of meats, fish, and shellfish in a stew that takes 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. Here's [[http://chinesefood.about.com/library/blrecipe078.htm one version of the recipe]].
* {{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 and Stephen.
* 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
* {{Jerkass}}: Stephen, who raises pettiness almost to the point of [[EvilIsPetty outright evil]].
* JustInTime: [[spoiler: Making 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 boss than Stephen.
** The {{irony}} is Stephen still does this later while pretending to calm down a fight.
* LockedIntoStrangeness: Stephen's hair goes 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: Eighteen Brassmen of Shaolin!.
* 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: To {{JinYong}}'s works: Chow's final dish [[spoiler: after his ex-business partner ruins his Buddha Jumps Over The Wall]] is a simple rice-vegetable-meat combo Turkey made for him when they first met each other. It's dubbed Rice of Sorrow by the judge. [[ReturnOfTheCondorHeroes Yang Guo's]] strongest [[WuXia style]] is the [[EmpathicWeapon Palm of Sorrow]].
* SuckOutThePoison: Stephen by Wet Dream, though PlayedForLaughs. May count as {{Squick}}.
* SupremeChef: Stephen, [[spoiler:but subverted when he starts out pretending to be one. Play straight by the end of the movie]].
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: [[spoiler: The cheap beef Stephen's business partner sets him up with]].
* 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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