* Edna from ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' and her meals are disgusting. At best, she's smoking cigarettes over your typical MysteryMeat meals, and at worst, she's coughing and sneezing into rancid meat.
* Several examples from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''':
** Leona Garstein makes food that not only tastes awful, but usually knocks people out. Unlike some, she is aware of this fact. In one scene, she cooks for her boyfriend, and as she cooks she pouts about how it's just going to knock him out again. The first time Leona's boyfriend Tasuki tried her cooking, he needed something to wash it down. Unfortunately for him, [[GargleBlaster Kusuha]] was the only person nearby. It is implied that this is due to her and Tasuki having opposing tastes in food, such that food loved by one will be loathed by the other.
** Kusuha also veers into this territory at times because she likes to add ingredients from her dreaded [[GargleBlaster Health Drink]] in her recipes. Other than that she's a decent cook.
** The classic timeline has a Lethal Chef in form of Tytti Noorbuck, [[ElementalPowers one of the heralds of the Elemental Lords]]. The problem lies within her sense of taste, since she loves sweet foods, she'll make anything she cooks to become overly sweet... so sweet you could get your stomach swollen by eating it. In addition, cooking ''is'' her hobby (though in her defense, she's trying to improve)
* A recurring theme in the ''TalesSeries''. The fun thing is that every Lethal Chef is lethal for a different reason:
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'': Arche is just plain bad.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Raine has a tendency towards bizarrely experimental food (''"Spicy cake would be a breakthrough!"'').
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'':
*** Natalia misunderstands basic cooking instructions.
*** Luke is a close second because he has never cooked for himself and is an ''incredibly'' picky eater.
** ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'':
*** Marta only ever cooked for her father, who (being a father) said her cooking was wonderful no matter what. (Though in a break from the normal way this trope works, Marta acknowledges her lack of skill after it is pointed out and makes a sincere effort to get better, becoming a decent cook in the end.)
*** Richter had never cooked before ''at all''.
*** In contrast, Emil makes incredibly delicious food. In his normal state, he tends to put extreme effort into presentation. In Ratatosk Mode he puts ''zero'' effort into presentation, but somehow the food is just as tasty.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'':
*** Flynn is a fantastic cook... except he tends to deviate from the ''exact recipe'' and lacks the instincts and sense of taste to compensate, resulting in a RussianRoulette of either extreme tastiness or extreme vileness.
*** Before Flynn was made playable in the PS3 release, Rita held the title of "Worst team chef" because she considers food more complex than "put in the microwave for five minutes" to be a needless extravagance and a waste of time.
* Jean Armstrong of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'' has a tendency to make the most basic-looking dishes taste terrible. He can't even get ''coffee'' right.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' gives us many of these:
** According to her supports, [[GenkiGirl Lalam the Dancer]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem]]'' 6.
** Also [[ActionGirl Tanith]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius''.
** [[TheProtagonist Prince Chrom]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', who basically ''knocks out'' his rival Vaike with his horrible food.
** The Avatar can flip-flop between this and SupremeChef, though s/he is mostly remembered as a pretty bad one. ([[BigEater Panne and Nah]] are the only ones who straighforwardly likes his/her cooking.)
** [[{{Tomboy}} Sully]] is ''famous'' for being this (it's even mentioned in her description on her character roster) and unfortunately passed it down to her daughter [[GlacierWaif Kjelle]], who manages to knock out the army with her attempt at breakfast.
** Chrom's little sister [[TomboyPrincess Lissa]] attempts to bake for [[TheBigGuy Kellam]]... [[EpicFail and he passes out as well.]]
* While never actually shown baking, [=GLaDOS=] from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' lists a cake recipe near the end of the game that includes such ingredients as solid waste, dirt, volatile organic compounds, rhubarb "on fire", needle guns, and preservatives intended to "deodorize and preserve putrid tissue."
* This also appeared in ''JadeEmpire'', where the main character meets a Lethal Chef named Chai Jin. If you can eat three courses without passing out, each of which actually damages one of your precious health bars, he will reward you... or offer you the chance to go even further, with a truly vile dish he won't even try himself. If you do manage to eat all of his cooking, you are rewarded with a substantial boost to your stats.
* Examples from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'':
** One of the chop sidequests in Archades involves matching up a dangerously experimental chef with a bored philosopher of cuisine.
** The direct sequel ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings'' reveals that Penelo's cooking is to be feared, though she genuinely tries to get better. Vaan seems to be the only person that likes it, though once she improves he admits he did it by gulping the food down without giving himself a chance to taste it. Several sidequests revolve around getting rare ingredients in an attempt to help Penelo make edible dishes. By the time you complete them all she's actually improved to the point that unbiased parties think she's pretty good.
* One of the ''{{Persona 3}}'' Social Links involves Fuuka [[MissionControl "Tank, I need an exit"]] Yamagishi, who recruits the main character to taste test her food. The level of Courage the protagonist requires for this is literally titled "BadAss" -- her cooking is foul enough to [[AnimalsHateHim chase off nearby animals]]. On the other hand, as you hang out with her, her cooking gradually improves. As [[SupremeChef Shinjiro]] points out , Fuuka's failure in cooking lies in her tendency to not prepare in advance and to try to deviate from the recipe without first understanding the basics, and then panic and further compound her mistakes as a result. For instance, when making chocolate truffles, if the recipe asks for one teaspoon of liqueur, she adds ''[[CordonBleughChef a cup]]'' on the basis that [[OvenLogic she wants a bigger portion to share with everyone]]. Which is a moot point, since she mistakenly used ''vinegar''...
* Three of the main girls in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' have very questionable cooking abilities, ranging from Rise (way too spicy), Yukiko (who can make an omelet that, through a process that can only be described as alchemical, has no taste ''at all'') and Chie (just plain awful). Ironically, out of the four females in the main cast, only the {{Bokukko}} Naoto could be considered a competent chef.
** When Chie and Yukiko combine their powers, the result is dubbed "Mystery Food X" and manage to take out both the main male leads in one spoonful. (TheAnimeOfTheGame implies that they put thick starch, three different kinds of pepper, kimchi, and soy milk into it.) The Mystery Food X returns in the [[VideoGame/Persona4Arena fighting game]] and grabbing it will grant you the Poison status... [[ViolationOfCommonSense and you get a trophy for it too]].
** Yukiko's [[BadEnding Joke Ending]] in [[Persona4Arena Persona 4 Arena]] features her not only taking out [[TheHero Yu]] [[CanonName Narukami]] with her cooking by force-feeding him, but she pushes it on [[TrueCompanions her friends]] as well when they show up. Their expressions (and a very ill looking Yu in the background) says it all.
** In ''[[UpdatedRerelease P4 Golden]]'', poor Nanako tries to make homemade chocolate for her "[[PlayerCharacter Big Bro]]" on valentines day. Normally she averts this trope as she's too young to cook, though she can make eggs sunny-side-up just fine. However, on this endeavor... [[spoiler: she goes to Chie, Yukiko & Rise for pointers, and finishes it before Naoto could help. The resulting concoction is so vile that it puts "Mystery Food X" to shame; it actually appears to inflict the "Fear" status when you eat it.]]
* Euphoria's cooking in ''SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' is so bad that there is a body count associated with it. It is described as the rest of the cast as nothing short of biological warfare -- [[spoiler:Which turns into a FunnyAneurysmMoment once you've played the game through once and learned that Raksha was using her to develop a concentrated form of Scarlet Iago that was near-instantly fatal.]]
* According to one still shown during the credits of ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheCuriousVillage'', [[spoiler:Flora]] may be this.
* ''VideoGame/{{The World Ends with You}}'' contains a subversion with the owner of Ramen Don, Ken Doi. At one point you see his restaurant is floundering due to the presence of a new rival, Shadow Ramen. Neku assumes it's because Ken's food isn't as good - and given he offers you a meal with a visible whole fish, one can understand why he thinks that. However, Ken is actually a ''brilliant'' chef; once Neku convinces him to cook something more [[BoringButPractical ordinary]], his business booms once again.
* Some examples from the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series:
** Karen from the Mineral Town saga is one of those, which doesn't stop her from entering the cooking contest every year.
** Maya, the waitress from ''Tree of Tranquility'' knows fine cuisine when she smells it (and really digs [[ThroughHisStomach guys who can cook]]), but she's very bad at making it herself.
** Nami and Flora are both these in DS/Cute. Ann was also a Lethal Chef in 64, but ironically in Back To Nature, and almost every game after that, she's one of the bests chefs in her villiage.
* Some examples from the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series:
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', according to Raiden, [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Rosemary is one of these]]. He gives a sigh of relief when he convinces her to book a reservation to a restaurant instead of cooking on their special day, visibly cringing in the CODEC screens when she brings the subject up. ''And even confides to Snake that rations taste better than her food''! This is referenced in the fourth game. Her food still tastes terrible.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', the Soviet chefs responsible for creating the Russian rations were absolutely terrible cooks, as the rations were very bad tasting, and doesn't even do moderate stamina recovery. Heck, even the dogs refuse to eat them if thrown to them.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', Sunny loves to cook eggs, but she always ends up burning them, and both Otacon and Snake, the latter a former Green Beret, are always coming up with excuses not to eat them. Thanks to Naomi, she gets better at it.
* In ''EvolutionWorlds'', Gre Nade can use his food as a special attack. It damages the enemies and chops their stats.
* El Fuerte from ''[[StreetFighter Street Fighter IV]]'', [[spoiler: as is proven when he mixes chanko stew and borscht to serve to E. Honda and Zangief after the tournament, with [[HilarityEnsues unpleasant results.]]]]
* Examples from ''ArTonelico'':
** Aurica from the first game is the Less-Than-Lethal version, as though her cooking ''looks'' strange, but it actually tastes quite good. At least, that's what Lyner said (though BBQ Soda just sounds ''weird'').
** Luca Trulyworth from [[ArTonelico2 the second game]] is a more conventional example. Some of her crimes against food include a dish that knocks out two residents of ''her own Cosmosphere'', two food-based Song Magics (one consisting of flinging food at the enemy, the other a food ''bomb''), a horrendous "Trulyworthit Soup" which still has fish bones and seaweed sticking out of it, and her "Chalonde Trois" which looks somewhat like [[EldritchAbomination something from the mind of Lovecraft]].
* Aeon the chef in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'' is initially presented as this (his longest engagement was for ''three weeks'' ), but in the end he makes up for a subversion, since he CAN cook good meals (his miniquests unlock two of the best healing items in the game), he's just too much of a ditz to actually care for his customers or ''the taste'' of his food. He still acknowledges his faults and promises to become a better chef, though.
* From ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis'':
** The Vice-Principal, during a SchoolFestival, volunteered herself to work in a restaurant booth. The results were not pretty that the students were practically ''begging'' for the Principal to replace the Vice-Principal's cooking.
** In an optional scene Jess offers Vayne a bite of her lunch, which is covered in a purple sauce that ''moves''. Given Jess's idea of "[[ScrewballSerum medicine]]," saying no was probably a wise move.
* There are a few bad chefs in the ''{{Suikoden}}'' games. The most prominent is [[CoolBigSis Nanami]], who even manages to incapacitate [[TheCasanova Nash]] with her cooking in one of the side games. (That doesn't stop one schoolgirl from asking Nanami for for cooking tips [[{{Fangirl}} to impress]] a CelibateHero; the advice ends with "take some [[NoodleImplements bracing tincture]] and go at it like mad.")There is also Shams in ''SuikodenTierkreis'', who can only stomach the food made by a lethal chef.
* ''LuminousArc2'', judging from [[TheHero Roland's]] reactions, Rina was one, when he's subjected to her cooking in her Intermissions. At one point, she use salt instead of sugar for her cookies. [[spoiler: She's actually a rather tragic case, it's implied she can't learn because cooking necessitates being near fire, which she is deathly afraid of.]]
* In ''TheSims'' (the first game), any Sim with 0 points in the Cooking skill ''will'' set the stove on fire sooner or later. And if you don't have a smoke alarm, there's a pretty good chance of the fire burning down the house (or as close as game mechanics allow, since the walls won't burn) and killing the entire family, since Sims' default reaction to fire is running right up to it and panicking.
* At Stinky's Diner in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxBeyondTimeAndSpace'', Stinky takes great pride in his cultivated talent for producing revoltingly unpalatable foods, and his granddaughter shares his gifts. Sam and Max don't actually ''eat'' there, they just order the most implausible things they can think of.
-->'''Sam''': We'd like to waste time by ordering stuff you don't have.
-->'''Stinky''': Knock yourselves out.
-->'''Sam''': Crab and salamander enchiladas in green sauce.
-->'''Stinky''': [''yelling to the kitchen door''] Sal, I want Lou Dobbs and Greta Van Sustern doing double-dutch on the back of a rogue elephant!
-->'''Sam''': Chicken chow mein with chocolate covered raisins and a caramel swirl.
-->'''Stinky''': [''shouting''] Sal, get me a hyperactive spider monkey in a powder-blue cardigan. And why don't we go ahead and wrestle him to the ground and tickle him until he pees.
-->'''Max''': I have got to see what goes on in this kitchen!
** At one point they actually do order something, a sandwich made with two slabs of Basalt Rock. They're not the ones who eat it though.
** Girl Stinky [[spoiler: is actually [[ItCameFromTheFridge one of Grandpa Stinky's recipes gone sentient]].]]
* ''VideoGame/EnchantedArms'' gives us Karin's "special stew" just the sight of which causes other characters react with shock and horror (it's hidden with a mosaic censor even!) and after Atsuma just tasted it he blacked out and believed he had died. See the 5:30 mark [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtB8y1pG520 here]]
* Yonah, ''VideoGame/NieR'''s [[IllGirl Ill Daughter]], has tendencies of this and CordonBleughChef, mixing the most diverse ingredients into noxious meals that only her father would willingly (and lovingly) consume --even if he's thinking to himself how they "[[ItTastesLikeFeet taste like death]]."
* [[MoeMoe Noel]] [[BadassAdorable Vermillion]] from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is an awful cook. The poor girl actually ''loves'' to cook and pours her heart and soul into every dish she makes, but her sense of taste and smell are so hideously bad that even the resident EldritchAbomination is knocked unconscious by her food. The only two people capable of eating her food are Hazama (RuleOfFunny) and ''Remix Heart'' character Mai Natsume, who tastes the "love" that Noel put into her food (which later becomes a recurring gag that she adores eating her food). Bang decided to eat her cooking despite its unpleasant appearance. He exploded.
--> (Description of Noel's cooking): "What that 'something' was defied description. It didn't sit on the plate so much as squat malevolently, hating all and being hated by all..."
* Antoine from ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' is a LITERAL Lethal Chef. After going mad since his interviewer came late (actually dead), he decided to cook up a meal for him/her using human meat. Right after explaining this to you, he goes batshit crazy starts throwing knives, plates, frying pans and even attempts to choke you by forcing an apple into your mouth. Later, [[spoiler:he dies by slipping and falling face-first into a pot of extremely hot oil.]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' has Emily and her unappetizing but earnest "Nice Try!" cooking, although it is heavily implied that her food is much worse than York tries to put it. In fact, it seems she is completely inept at cooking in general, as indicated by the large scorch mark in her kitchen (which Emily attributes to a towel landing in a frying pan... [[CordonBleughChef while she was reaching for the mayonnaise]]), her food being described as "unfit for anything with less than four legs," and York's joke about how Emily's composter appears to be illegal dumping of industrial waste. There is even an in-game item, "Emily's Bagel Sandwich," which recovers some health and energy at first, but causes both to drop like a rock later. Several side quests involve York helping Emily improve her cooking by bringing her ingredients (but even then does it turn out how far off the mark her cooking is).
-->'''Emily''': ...''enough''. But how did you know that [[spoiler:cheese]] was the answer?
-->'''York''': I was looking at the ingredients, and it hit me. Milk, macaroni, flour, butter... you were trying to make "[[spoiler:Macaroni and Cheese]]", right?
-->'''Emily''': [''Irritated''] [[spoiler:Macaroni and Cheese]]...? Of course not! It's "Italian Beef Stew!"
-->'''York''': ... [[TheConfidant Zach]], have you ever heard of a beef stew with no beef in it? I certainly haven't... at least not until today.
* Reyna from ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits'' is more than capable of making dishes that make people vomit uncontrollably or burn their insides. Only the BigEater Barlow is immune to the pain. But he also finds her brownies are just as good going down as they are coming back up.
* Natsumi in ''InazumaEleven'', being an {{Ojou}}, had hired help to cook for her, so she had no culinary experience whatsoever. On her first attempt at making food, the result looked normal, but it made Endou turn blue and sweat profusely when he ate it. In spite of the fact that Aki and Haruna were both walking her through it. And the fact that she was trying to make ''onigiri'' - the recipe for which is basically "add salt to rice, wad it around whatever filling you want, and wrap it in a piece of nori". ''Inazuma Eleven GO'' shows that ten years later, she had learned how to make food that looks delicious... but it still tastes terrible.
* Swampling in ''SimonTheSorcerer'' and his trademark Swampling Stew. Somehow, he manages to make a franchise out of it by the second game.
* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'', one of the inventors you can recruit is literally named The Killer Chef.
* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'', a panicked goblin in Tanaris sends you to collect [[TwentyBearAsses scorpion asses]] to cure what ails his wife. It turns out that his lousy cooking was at fault.
* Anju, from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', according to her grandmother.
-->'''Granny's diary''': It was my granddaughter who cooked again today. Putting that to the lips shortens the life! I thought of a way to get by without eating. I'll try it tomorrow. I just hope I'm not caught.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' zig-zags the trope by presenting us with Normandy chef Mess Sergeant Rupert Garder. According to the crew talk when you first come aboard, Gardner is the worst chef ever. Then you actually talk to the guy, and find out he's actually quite good, it's his ''ingredients'' that are bad. A quick pit stop at the Citadel can remedy this situation.
* Alistair of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. One of the first things he asks when LadyOfBlackMagic Morrigan joins the team is "Can you cook?" When she looks [[StayInTheKitchen less than happy]], he explains that ''his'' cooking will kill the entire party.
* In ''Adventure Bar Story'' and its sequel, ''Adventure Bar Labyrinth'', Kamerina is a terrible cook, so her sister Siela (the main character of the first game, who can [[SupremeChef whip up almost anything you ask her to]]) asks her to man the front desk and stay out of the kitchen.
* Vishnal from ''VideoGame/RuneFactory4'' should not be allowed anywhere near a kitchen. ''Ever''. This is problematic, as he aspires to be a butler and believes a butler should be able to do anything for his master, including cook.
* One of the Logar village quests in ''Videogames/RunesOfMagic'' involves [[{{TwentyBearAsses}} fetching beetle guts]] so that this woman named Gil can make ''soup''. When you deliver said soup to her love interest Del in the following quest he comments that it took him three days to recover from her ''bear-eye wine''.

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