* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'s'' Daphne is a terrible cook, and is GenreSavvy enough to use it to her advantage when [[spoiler: she claims to be making [[FunnyForeigner goat's head stew and haggis]] so Frasier will eat out.]]
-->'''Frasier:''' [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] couldn't keep that woman's food down!
* The Hong Kong game show ''Beautiful Cooking'' is built completely on this trope It's rating scale goes from 10, which is "Looks and tastes edible" to a -10, which is "I vomited more than once". There are some girls who can't cook well for the first event or the latter while some are just completely hopeless. In one case, one of the guests got food poisoning and had to be treated to the season finale dinner to compensate for the suffering he went through.
* The Creator/FoodNetwork show ''The Worst Cooks in America''.
* Food Network's ''Series/{{Chopped}}'' can fall victim to this trope. Contestants have been known to undercook meat or [[{{Squick}} bleed into their food]]. A number of contestants have even used stuff after accidentally dropping it on the floor, without even washing it. [[ParanoiaFuel One of these was herself a cooking instructor]].
* ''Series/MyParentsAreAliens''. Virtually everything cooked by Sophie Johnson uses rather... nonstandard ingredients. Like sausage cake, or chicken nuggets -- complete with bones, feathers and "fresh" chemical additives.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** Neelix is legendarily bad, often cooking meals that are disgusting to the human palate. When he sticks to the basics or uses a recipe then things turn out fine, but when he tries to show off his exotic skills (anything with Talaxian Spices is a warning bell) the wheels come off. In one episode, he nearly caused ship-wide failure by infecting the ship's neural gel packs with bacteria from curdling cheese. Naturally, [[FridgeLogic his official position on the ship is Head Cook]]; this, along with being the self-appointed Morale Officer, is just one more reason the fandom wonders [[AlienScrappy just how the hell Neelix lasted on the ship for so long]].
** Captain Janeway manages to ruin food that comes ''from the replicator''!
** The series finale tells us that the Bolian crewman Chell wants to take Neelix's place as the chef. He presents some...interesting dishes in his proposal to the captain, including "Red Alert Chili" and "Chicken Warp Cordon Blu" (say it aloud). Thankfully, the ship made it home before his skills could be put to the test.
* In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Riker invites a few of the other officers over to show off his experimental cooking (some sort of alien omelette). Most of them are clearly attempting to conceal their distaste, while Worf [[AlienLunch eagerly scarfs up his portion]]. In a later episode, Riker is shown apparently enjoying Klingon dishes.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Quark was apparently a Lethal Chef, necessitating certain defensive measures.
--->'''Quark:''' This is my disruptor pistol. The one I used to carry in the old days, when I was serving on that Ferengi freighter.\\
'''Odo:''' I thought you were the ship's cook.\\
'''Quark:''' That's right, and every member of that crew thought he was a food critic.
** At one point late in the last season, Sisko walks in on his now-wife Kasidy Yates to find she's tried to cook dinner for him and failed miserably. (This is a setting where most food is [[MatterReplicator replicated]], remember.) He spends a few moments mourning the loss of the hot peppers he'd spent several weeks growing himself.
* A few examples from ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** Rimmer only attempted to cook once, but it was enough for both his living crewmates to require stomach-pumps.
-->'''Lister:''' Rimmer, real dumplings, proper dumplings, when they're properly cooked to perfection, real, proper dumplings should not ''bounce''!
** Dave Lister's own attempts at cooking aren't much better. During the earliest episodes, Lister tries to qualify to become an officer, so that he would outrank Rimmer. Lister goes for the Chef exam (because even the ship's cook outranked Rimmer), but fails horribly. One reason might be that Lister, being a total slob, understands recipes not as guidelines but merely as suggestions. Another reason is that Lister's overly fond of curries, and he claims that after years on a curry diet his tastebuds have suffered. Lister does try to cook from time to time, but his attempts always suffer from ''some'' fatal flaw, such as stuffing sausages with curry powder. His "Shami Kebabs Diablo" (take exactly one teaspoon out of a full tin of chilli powder. Put the ''[[CutASliceTakeTheRest rest]]'' in to the mixture) put his friend Peterson in sickbay for a week. Or cooking a three-course meal which ''looks'' fine at first glance, but due to lack of proper plates and eating utensils is served on (and in) items that Lister raided from sickbay. All properly washed and sterilized beforehand, of course! Still, it puts Cat off the mood for eating.
--->'''Cat:''' This isn't a meal, this is an ''autopsy''!
** While Lister's fried egg chutney sandwich is quite deadly in its own right (Rimmer describes its taste as "melting his teeth"), the fact that the recipe was obtained from a biological warfare book (he uses it as a HideousHangoverCure) lampshades this aspect and Rimmer finds the deadliness of it to be its crowning aspect, putting this recipe in the delicious but deadly territory.
--->'''Lister:''' You have to eat it quickly or the bread will melt.
** Oddly enough, when he was preparing for the exam Lister did make a beautiful looking cake. He might have passed the test if he hadn't been trying to make roast beef instead.
** Another time Lister fed a T. rex a giant bowl of "cow vindaloo", it took two tastes of it then ran for a drink. The other results were, unfit to show on television.
* Baldrick in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''. Naturally, he is also the only chef from series 3 onwards. In series 4 he has the excuse of limited resources, but there are some things that an excuse just can't cover:
-->'''Blackadder:''' There are amoeba on Saturn that can boil a better egg than you. Your filet mignon in sauce Bearnaise look like dog turds in glue.
-->'''Baldrick:''' That's because they are.
-->'''Blackadder:''' Your plum duff tastes like it's a mole hill decorated with rabbit droppings...
-->'''Baldrick:''' I thought you wouldn't notice.
-->'''Blackadder:''' And your cream custard has the texture of cat's vomit.
-->'''Baldrick:''' Again, it's...
* Lisa Douglas from ''Series/GreenAcres''. Her infamous "hotscakes" have the consistency of bricks. Mr. Douglas was terrified when his neighbor, Mr. Ziffel, asks Lisa for a shopping bag full of her pancakes. Mr. Douglas, very worried, asks him if he's going to eat them. Mr. Douglas calms down when he finds out Mr. Ziffel only wants them to reshingle the roof of his barn.
* Several examples from ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Rachel tries to prepare a traditional English trifle, but the pages of the recipe book get stuck together and she ends up making half a Shepherd's Pie: a trifle containing jam, custard, ladyfingers, and beef sautéed with peas and onions. Ross says that "ItTastesLikeFeet", but that [[ExtremeOmnivore doesn't stop Joey]]: "Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, ''good!''"
** Monica reviews a restaurant and calls the food inedible. "None of my friends could eat it, and one of them eats books!" ([[ExtremeOmnivore Joey]], of course.)
** In "The One with the Bullies", Joey packs an olive loaf and ham spread sandwich for the roadtrip to meet Phoebe's biological father and is forced to throw it out of the car to distract Phoebe's stepmother's dog. According to Rachel, this tactic is less than successful: "(that dog) will lick itself but it will not touch your sandwich, what does that tell you?"
** In general, Monica is an excellent cook, but in the seventh season, she tried to reverse engineer Phoebe's grandmother's cookie recipe and did a lot of baking. Most were quite good, except for [[NoodleImplements batch 16]], which made Ross throw up.
* The point of the British RealityShow ''Kitchen Criminals'' is to get horrendous cooks around England and have world class chefs teach them how to cook fine cuisine for a food critic. Some of the contestants when they first started tried to serve shrimp raw or fry an apple core.
* A running gag in ''Series/MyFamily'' is that Susan, the mother of the titular family, is the worst cook in the world. One Christmas episode featured not only chocolate raisin turkey with caramel (due to pages of the cookbook being stuck together) but also this exchange.
-->'''Ben:''' Before that was the year of the turkey.\\
'''Susan:''' OK, so it needed to be in for a bit longer.\\
'''Ben:''' Susan, it was still alive.
* Susan from ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', being TheDitz, ruins every dish she cooks.
* Lucy from ''Series/ILoveLucy'' is bad, but she's demonstrably better than both Ricky and Fred, as shown in the episode where the men undertake the women's typical responsibility and vice versa. Ricky ends up flooding the whole apartment with rice when he assumes the proper portion is ''one pound per person''. And Fred, in charge of the dessert, decided to save time, by baking all seven layers of the cake, ''including the frosting,'' into a large flat pancake shaped... ''thing.''
* A skit on ''Series/AllThat'' is called The Filthy Chef which is a parody of ''The Naked Chef''.
* Joxer of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''. In one episode, Xena and Gabrielle are incapacitated (by skin fungus and head lice) and it falls to Joxer to defeat the entire invading army -- by cooking for them. He's actually successful. Too bad our heroines discover his "skill" by first falling victim to it themselves....
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' also had a recurring character called Falafel who was a lethal chef and a parody of modern-day fast food franchises. According to Iolaus' MirrorUniverse counterpart, Falafel's counterpart is a SupremeChef.
* A recurring gag on ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' concerned how awful Ellie Mae's cooking was. Even Jethro had trouble eating it.
* Two examples from ''Series/HomeImprovement'':
** Jill Taylor, though half of this is via [[InformedAbility Informed Inability]] (Tim and other people's comments); she's shown to be at least decent more than once.
** Tim once tried to cook fish in the dishwasher. (ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime) He ended up with 'liquid fish'.
* Becky on ''Series/FullHouse'' has this reputation, one episode even has a B-plot with her and Michelle learning to cook together.
* Thelma from ''Series/{{Amen}}'' was a notoriously bad cook. In one episode following her wedding to the Reverend, she burned down their apartment while cooking chicken with the gang locked inside. Everyone panicked except for Rolly, who knew "Thelma's cooking would kill us all one day" and read the newspaper as smoke filled the room and the others made frantic calls to 911.
* Anil from ''Series/TheBasilBrushShow''. There are so many examples that could be listed:
--->'''Basil:''' It's the recipe for Anil's spring rolls.\\
'''Stephen:''' (takes it and reads) Oh, so ''that's'' why they're green.\\
'''Basil:''' Yes, and it also explains why we only ever have them when Anil has a cold.
** In one episode when he temporarily loses the cafe, being an expert in the field of bad food, he becomes the new food hygiene inspector for the local council.
--->'''Stephen:''' What happened to the old one?\\
'''Anil:''' ''(funeral music starts playing)'' One of my pies.
** A pool of his chili sauce can substitute for a LavaPit.
** In another episode, he makes something that actually tastes good (according to the main cast). But then...
--->'''Basil:''' 'Ere, Anil. How did you get rid of those rats in the end?\\
''(silence; one by one they stop eating as it dawns on them...)''
* Barth from ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' was known to blow his nose in the burger buns. The source of the meat was even worse. Anyone who heard where it came from would vomit. Said vomit was promptly used as sauce.
* Two examples from from ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'':
** Airi can brew a mean cup of coffee, but she also makes health foods for her brother Ryotaro that are... less than pleasant. Think "sesame seed milkshake". One episode actually has the two in a spat because Ryotaro called the cops to dispose of one of Airi's stews as a bio-hazard.
** Naomi, the waitress on the [[CoolTrain DenLiner]] has the opposite problem. She can prepare tasty foods like rice and pudding, but her coffee is a powdery, whipped cream-topped disaster that is only enjoyed by the Imagin.
* Mako from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'', complete with dubious knife-cutting style (she actually uses her Shinkenmaru to cut the poor veggies!). By episode 25, the sight of her holding an apron has traumatized the Kuroko. The only person who can eat her food and genuinely enjoy it is Kotoha.
** The last time she is shown cooking, the Kuroko are standing by with antacids and ''a stretcher'' since Takeru was sick in bed for days after the previous time she had cooked. The Kuroko actually have standing orders to keep Mako out of the kitchen at all costs, but she managed to slip past them that time.
* Mako's ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' counterpart Mia is said to be this too with an odd concept of matching ingredients, and Kotoha's counterpart Emily has the same aversion to it as anyone else.
* Yukito from ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger''. He's a horrid cook, but insists that he's THAT good and forces his teammates to eat his cooking, and if they don't, it's the cooking equivalent to TVTropes' [[MemeticMutation "You have no soul"]] for them. Hell, his cooking rendered Asuka to hole up in the toilet for the whole episode.
* Maddie Magellan from ''Series/JonathanCreek''. Perhaps not truly lethal, but upon opening her oven and discovering the contents to be ''in flames'', she declared that it needed "Two more minutes" and closed the oven door again.
* The title character of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' has vast experience with all kinds of alien races, years of travel through time and space, remarkable knowledge of alien technology, and general overall brilliance and awesomeness.....but she can't cook. Although it's not mentioned very often onscreen, her ineptitude in all things culinary is apparently a very common occurence, given that, by the beginning of Series Four, her son Luke is so accustomed to it that he sends Clyde a text message casually informing him that, "Mum set the kitchen on fire again..."
* Jackie from ''Series/That70sShow''. She rarely tries to cook (as she put it, she was hoping to get on by her looks), but when she does try, the results are disastrous.
* In ''Series/TheNanny'' episode "Close Shave", C.C. Babcock has been attending a cooking class, and gets Maxwell to try some of her cooking (Fran ''looked'' at it, and thought it was dog food.) He reluctantly does so, and spends the entire episode violently ill. Everybody blamed C.C.'s cooking, but as it turns out, it was actually appendicitis. This all leads to a scene where Fran, [[ItMakesSenseInContext disguised as a candy striper]], is asked to shave Maxwell in preparation for surgery]]...
* TV's Frank, quite literally, in an episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
-->'''Dr. Forrester:''' What? You baked a '''person''' in it? An hour at 350?
* All of the female roommates on ''Series/ThreesCompany''. (Which is the main reason why they asked Jack to move in in the first place.)
* Cheyenne on ''Series/{{Reba}}'' has this reputation. Apparently [[DumbBlonde being easily distracted and forgetful as she is]] doesn't help when cooking.
* Peg on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' is this in the episodes where she actually does cook (mostly the early ones). Most of the time, the Bundys just eat take-out and fast food (or steal from the neighbors) because Peg is too lazy to cook. Just to show what her cooking can do, In one episode, the Bundy kids won a home concert from Anthrax and 50 of their friends. A blizzard snowed them in. Since they couldn't go out for food, they hit the fridge.
-->'''Bud:''' Well, there's always mom's Foil Wrapped Mystery Pack.\\
''(Band scarfs it down)''\\
'''Kelly:''' Wow, even dad won't eat the Mystery Pack. These guys are cool!\\
'''Band Members:''' Whoa, the colors. The ''colors''! / If it just came out of the fridge, why is it hot? / Ow! Mine bit me!
* Elvin from ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' once tried to impress Clair Huxtable by making a chocolate chocolate chip cake that was "extra-dense". It took Cliff a full minute to cut a piece, it weighed down the plate he put it on and he immediately got up and spit the one bite he took into a BIG wad of paper towels. His advice to Elvin:
--> '''Cliff:''' You don't want Mrs. Huxtable to eat that.
--> '''Elvin:''' Well, what do I do with it?
--> '''Cliff:''' I don't know. You're too far from the ocean.
* Jeremy Clarkson on ''Series/TopGear''. See the [[GargleBlaster "Manly V8 Smoothie"/"Desperate Shag in a Skip"/"Bloody Awful"]] for the best example. Although there is also the time his attempt to make chips on a filmed caravan holiday with his co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May resulted in their caravan and a neighboring caravan burning down. (It later came out that the fire in their own caravan was staged for the show, but the accidental spread to the neighboring caravan was not.)
* Uncle Fester of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' thinks that combining sulfur, charcoal, and saltpeter makes fudge (for those who don't know, that's the recipe for gunpowder).
* Oscar from ''Series/CornerGas''. According to Brent, his homemade beer tasted liked he [[TastesLikeFeet "beat a skunk to death with a salmon".]] When Hank is hired to demolish a barn and decides to blow it up, Oscar offers to help him. When Hank asks him what he knows about blowing things up, we are treated to a montage of stuff blowing up in Oscar's face, the last one being a salad.
---> '''Hank:''' How do you blow up a salad?
---> '''Oscar:''' Happens more than you think!
* Lightly implied in ''Series/DoctorWho''. Amy Pond's mother brings her breakfast in bed on the day of her wedding, but says that since her father made it she might as well simply throw it out as it is "an atrocity".
* ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'' has [[TheDitz Claire]], who in one episode tries to cook a chicken for her parents' anniversary by taking said chicken into the oven for hours ''but forgets to set the switch on to "cook"'', resulting in the chicken being unfit for human consumption.
* The third series of ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' has Styles, a prominent lower-deck character as Horatio's steward. He attempts to boil coffee and generally renders all his food inedible. Lt. Bush says it best:
--->'''Bush:''' Learn to cook or I'll cook you.
* Buffy of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' really can't cook, although she eventually learns enough to make a passable Thanksgiving dinner.
--> '''Willow:''' What kind of punch did you make?
--> '''Buffy:''' I made lemonade!
--> '''Willow:''' How much sugar did you use?
--> '''Buffy:''' Sugar? [Willow makes a face and spits it out]
--> Later... '''Willow:''' Cordelia, have some lemonade.
* Ralph Malph from ''Series/HappyDays''. When Richie, Potsy and Ralph move out of home to share an apartment, we learn Ralph uses lighter fluid to ignite his cherries jubilee.
* In an episode of ''Series/TooCloseForComfort'', Henry's niece April sets up a meeting between Henry and his brother Bill (who is also April's father), to reunite them after years of having not spoken to one another; [[CloudCuckooLander Monroe]] decides to make Cheesecake Mischak, a cheesecake with arsenic as an ingredient (the recipe is intended to be used to kill rats) for the occasion, not realizing the cheesecake's intended purpose. Subverted in the fact that Monroe later reveals he left out the arsenic, as he couldn't find it at the grocery store; this is made all the more hilarious, as Henry's brother is taken to the hospital to have his stomach pumped, after he had eaten the supposedly poisoned cake. Bill later finds out, though when Henry tells April, his wife Muriel, his wife Jackie and Monroe not to tell Bill that he had his stomach pumped for nothing.
* Malena in ''Series/ForYourLove'', there's plenty of jokes about her non-existant cooking skills- for examples in one episode, Mel has a daydream of her actually being a good cook, then reality sets in and he finds himself staring at a badly burnt casserole.
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'': the things the title screen warns you that the guide will help you with is "gross school lunches". The food on the tray routinely crawls off if you take your eyes off of it.
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' confirmed that you CAN tenderize meat with explosives and safely use C4 explosive as cooking fuel.
* Aethelwynne from ''Series/{{Pixelface}}''. In "The Game's Up", Aethelwynne promises to prepare some elven delicacies as a treat for Rex's going away party. Sgt. Riely's gift to Rex is a promise to Rex that he'll eat Rex's portion for him.
* This exchange from the ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' pretty much sums up why the gang (or at least Penny) eats so much [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Chinese take-out]]
--> '''Penny:''' Spaghetti okay?
-->'''Leonard''': (Trying to spare her feelings): Crunchy... Just the way I like.
-->'''Penny:''' Yeah, I don’t think the water was really boiling.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Tyrion Lannister has brought CampFollower Shae to the capital against the express orders of his father. He suggests hiding her presence by sending her to the kitchens.
-->'''Shae:''' Every man who has tasted my cooking has told me what a good whore I am.
* One ''Series/SweetGenius'' contestant used raw eggs in a dish. Chef Ron nearly threw him out of the kitchen on the spot.
* The prison chef on ''TheSlammer'' passes out after eating some of his own cooking, and the Governor is no better when he attempts to take over the role.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': Joyce Barnaby is a bad cook. However, her husband (Tom) and daughter (Cully) humor her and eat her cooking anyway. Joyce's bad cooking seems to be a little private joke between Tom and Cully.
* Ria Parkinson in the sitcom ''Butterflies'' is possibly the world's worst cook, despite being a homemaking mum with a dentist husband and two grown sons. Her husband remarked that if she fed her lamb cutlets to his patients, he'd be a rich man overnight, and his dental practice would at least triple in size.
* ''Series/HellsKitchen'' features as least one of these every season. A special example was Antonia from season 8, who made Creator/GordonRamsay ''vomit'' with her signature dish.
* Laurel Lance from Series/{{Arrow}}. She does however make [[OneNoteCook 'the world's best mac and cheese']].
* Taken literally in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': Evelyn's first husband died of food poisoning.
--> '''Evelyn''': I was a young bride! No one told me you don't keep fish in a drawer!
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'': Zack and Cody always look forward to their mother's blueberry muffins... because they bounce like superballs and make great erasers.
* For the most part, Aunt Bea from ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' is an excellent cook, but everybody seems to really hate her pickles. Opie commented that the make him sick.
* John Gage on ''{{Series/Emergency}}'': The one time he attempted to make dinner for the squad, it went horribly wrong even before they got a call and he left the oven on and burned it.
* Bernard from ""Series/BlackBooks" is this [[TurnedUpToEleven turned up to eleven]], especially when he starts to run out of ingredients.
--> '''Bernard''': My oven can cook anything... My oven can cook BITS OF OVEN.
* Kaoru Mitsuki of "{{Series/Garo}}" series Fame's first on-screen attempt at cooking for her friend requires their immediate hospitalization. And it just goes downhill from there.
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