->''Like a gladiator about to meet his fate\\
I enter my arena, bow my head, and start to bake''
-->-- '''Music/TheAquabats''', "The Baker!"

A certain stock kind of villain, the Evil Chef is just [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that]]. They're cooks who are deliberately evil, but it doesn't quite matter how exactly they're trying to achieve that goal, just that their primary role is as a chef/cook. They may or may not be using their cooking skills to attempt to defeat the heroes, or they may just have the chef characteristics as something completely unconnected to their evil plans. They usually come in one of two types, the French chef type with a very much pointy mustache and the 'school canteen chef'.

Not to be confused with LethalChef, as characters listed on that page are not always evil, and nor are the characters listed here always actually bad at cooking. This is for evil/killer cooks that cause death and destruction, often by their cooking (and deliberately) while LethalChef is for people who cannot cook that often accidentally cause various effects by just how bad their cooking is. They make great villains because they work with lots of different types of big [[KnifeNut knives]] and various things easily converted to weapons ([[FryingPanOfDoom frying pans]], [[RollingPinOfDoom rolling pins]], meat tenderizers...).

Also has about a 50% chance of being a case of ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything, in that many of these characters may not actually be shown to cook in the story. In [[BeastFable stories]] in which the main characters are animals, they of course run the risk of being edible; in this case the Evil Chef is less nastily evil, since he's just doing his job, but is still very threatening.

Today's theme ingredient is... You! The heat will be on! May overlap with the ChefOfIron, if the Evil Chef fights his or her enemies using cooking implements as weapons or such like. Also see IAteWhat, StabTheSalad. Most rivals in a CookingDuel are merely an OpposingSportsTeam, who may not even be negatively characterized; but there can obviously be an incentive to make such a character into an actually evil enemy.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Shirota Masakage from ''MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'', the episode villain from the 1st anime episode and chapters 4-6 of the manga.
* Since the main character in ''Manga/ChuukaIchiban'' is a chef, it is logical to make all of his main enemies chefs as well. That, and the fact that it is a CookingDuel series.
* A couple of actively evil chefs showed up in ''IronWokJan'', most notably [[strike:[[AntiHero Jan Akiyama]]]] Go "Taoist Gogyo" Gyokai, who was actually trained as a culinary assassin.
* There was an evil (not to mention really gross) chef named Wanze in ''Manga/OnePiece''. He fought Sanji using noodles, some of which came out of his nose.
* Bianchi is an assassin from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' who intentionally uses her status as a LethalChef to full effect.
* Xellos from ''{{Slayers}}'' invokes this trope intentionally when he creates a soup "potent enough to kill a Gold Dragon with one bite."
* Monsieur Goan in the [[Main/KirbyOfTheStars Kirby anime]].
* The villains of ''FightingFoodons''.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Professor Kabayama is a rather good chef, but the ace monster in his deck is an evil one: a Fiend-Type Monster called Curry Majin Roux.
* Digitamamon and Vegiemon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. The former does a HeelFaceTurn in the sequel series, but remains a bit of a JerkAss.
* There is the aptly-named Hell's Chef of ''Anime/GregoryHorrorShow'', given his tendency to try to kill people for smoking (as it dulls taste buds) and for rejecting his food even if they're not hungry.
* {{Toriko}}, being solely about over muscled men finding, fighting and eating delicious food, is bound to have these on the villain's side.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* The heroine of ''HackSlash'' had one of these as her [[MyBelovedSmother mom]].
** There's also the minor villain Hibachi Devil, who looks like an evil chef, though is never shown doing anything related to cooking.
* CaptainUnderpants once fought cafeteria ladies who were aliens in disguise trying to turn the schoolchildren into zombies.
* Emeril Lagasse became one in a ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' parody of his CookingShow, in an imagined {{novelization}} by Creator/StephenKing.
* ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' #16 saw SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker kidnap an aspiring cartoonist and force him to illustrate his exploits for a series of comic books. One of his capers involved infiltrating a banquet and (while [[PaperThinDisguise "disguised"]] in a toque and a white smock) slipping paralytic Joker venom into the diners' soup. ("Poisonous? That would be the poison. [[FauxAffablyEvil It complements the cilantro nicely, don't you think?"]]) The poison didn't actually kill anyone who took a slurp of the soup, but it ''did'' leave them [[SlasherSmile compulsively grinning]] - and paralyzed long enough for Joker to saunter right up to all them and beat them senseless with a large mallet. (And, of course, Joker being [[MonsterClown who he is]], he did this all ForTheEvulz - and in this case also for publicity.)
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the ''Film/{{Pusher}}'' trilogy, Milo the Serbian druglord. He fancies himself a great cook, and tries to feed people his creations, but they're not very good. In fact, he accidentally gives all his thugs [[LethalChef food poisoning]] in the third film, leaving him rather defenseless to a brewing gang war.
* Pamela Voorhees of the original ''Film/FridayThe13th1980'' was the cook of Camp Crystal Lake. Her villainy was in no way related to her cooking though, but involved [[KnifeNut knifing]], [[AnAxeToGrind axing]], and occasionally arrowing people to death in revenge for her son, who drowned in Crystal Lake because the counselors who were supposed to be watching him were [[DeathBySex getting it on instead]].
* The slasher film ''The Cook'', where there's something a little off about the new foreign chef hired to work at a sorority house.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Swelter from the ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' novels (and TV mini-series).
* Long John Silver was the ship's cook in ''Literature/TreasureIsland'', as well as the Disney [[{{Steampunk}} space-and-steam]] ''TreasurePlanet''.
* Faquarl from ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' can transform into any shape he chooses, but is inexplicably fond of taking the form of a meat-cleaver wielding chef. Bartimaeus recalls that he's been doing this since they met in Babylon, circa 700 BC. It has something to do with all the sharp objects just lying around in kitchens.
* Harry Kressing's novel ''The Cook'' features the mysterious Conrad, who uses his cooking skills to win over and then control his victims.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' has the ghost story of the Rat Cook of the Nightfort, who chopped up a visiting prince and fed him to his father in a pie. For breaking SacredHospitality, the gods turned him into a giant albino rat who eats his young.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has an evil cafeteria lady; Buffy has to foil her plan to poison everyone.
* The Frenchman in ''Series/GoodEats'' may qualify for this.
* ''{{Seinfeld}}'''s Soup Nazi? Well, not so much evil as oppressive to customers...
** Also, in "The Pie", the man who George competes with for the suit is revealed to be a chef at the end, and attempts to poison him with a piece of pie.
* Shockeye, from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors The Two Doctors]]". He's obsessed with finding out what things taste like, up to and including [[ImAHumanitarian human beings]], and "tenderises" one of the Doctor's companions - ignoring all the screaming as being completely irrelevant.
** And the Kandy Man from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol The Happiness Patrol]]" who uses confectionery as a means of execution.
* An episode of the mini-series ''ShakespeareReTold'' starred James [=McAvoy=] as a chef named Joe Macbeth.
* Those who watch ''Series/HellsKitchen'' might pick out several worthy contenders. Any example however pales in comparison to Amy's Baking Company in ''Series/KitchenNightmares,'' who between being proud of the evil acts they perform and brag about firing hundreds of employees [[KickTheDog (while forcing them not to work anywhere else)]] they are a RealLife example that makes most fictional ones look like saints.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In the DVD for the Volkerball tour, Till Lindemann of Music/{{Rammstein}} dresses up as one of these during ''[[ImAHumanitarian Mein Teil]]''. He then proceeds to "cook" [[TheChewToy Flake Lorenz]].
* The music video to "''Asylum''" by Music/{{Disturbed}} features a [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibalistic chef who keeps body parts in his fridge]]. While the protagonist is escaping from the doctors, the chef upon seeing him [[ChainsawGood chases him down with a chainsaw]], cuts him up in a GoryDiscretionShot and tosses his remains in a bloody cooking pot. The dish resulting is a stew made up of ambiguous red meats [[EyeScream garnished with an eyeball]]. [[spoiler:[[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness This entire situation turns out to be a delusion of the patient who's actually back in his padded cell...]] [[OrWasItADream except a second later]] he's served and then [[ForceFeeding force-fed]] the same stew by the doctors [[note]]Due to the nature of the video, this is probably also a delusion and he's actually being fed normal food while the chef he saw was likely a normal chef trying to help him[[/note]]]].
* In the music video of ''Bad Idea'' by LemonDemon, one of the zombie {{Mook}}s appears to have been a chef.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': Mrs. Lovett encourages Sweeney Todd's RoaringRampageOfRevenge for [[ImAHumanitarian humanitarian purposes]].
* The Cat from ''Theatre/{{Honk}}'' neatly fits this trope, as, throughout the musical, he is trying to eat the main character, and, in the 1998 recording, was portrayed by Clive Rowe with a [[JustAStupidAccent thick French accent]].
* The Cook--also called Peter Lamb (but, like most characters in the play, mostly subject to EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep) in Creator/BertoltBrecht's ''Theatre/MotherCourageAndHerChildren'' is rather like this--fat, lecherous, fairly amoral and insensitive to his disturbed stepdaughter. Doesn't seem to put the women off, for some reason...
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The card game ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' has an old card called The Bistro Butcher, a Fiend-Type monster that seems to be this. (It's Japanese name is "Devil Chef".)
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Plenty in the Mario series, but Chef Torte from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' comes to mind. He fights in a boss battle and (unknowingly) creates a giant [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere spellcasting wedding cake]].
* Large Fry in ''VideoGame/WarioLand'', a giant Cheep Cheep who happens to be one of the occasional {{Flunky Boss}}es who happen to be quite strong on their own (which is ''extremely'' annoying, since he never stops calling down his buddies. ''Ever'').
* Wildcat in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' is not only an evil chef, he's also ThatOneBoss.
* Chef Kawasaki was one of these in the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' games, but not so much in the anime.
* The ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' has the Wonder Chef who is good and will teach the party recipes (effects vary by game, but are usually along the lines of post-battle healing), but ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' had a short sidequest involving the Wonder Chef's arch-nemesis- the evil Dark Chef.
* The first Boss in ''[[Franchise/FinalFight Final Fight 2]]'' is a brute named Won-Won, who, [[AllThereInTheManual according to his description in the game's instructions]], is a sushi chef.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' has a literal Hell's Cook as one of the many characters you can get to join you. You fight his Super Powered Evil Side before his HeelFaceTurn.
* You have to defeat one of these in the game ''Videogame/AloneInTheDark2''.
* One of the [[TrailersAlwaysLie chapter previews]] for ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' mentions that Etna must resist "the dark side of cooking"
** In ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'', "Chefs" were a character class, with weaponized frying pans and cooking powers.
* Gourmand, one of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/PowerStone 2''. For whatever reason, his SuperMode involves donning a dinosaur/dragon costume that allows him to [[DinosaursAreDragons breathe fire]].
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has a few EvilChef monsters, such as the Knob Goblin Master Chef, the War Frat Grill Sergeant, and the War Hippy Baker.
** With a sufficiently deranged player and/or sufficiently large dose of AlternateCharacterInterpretation, the Pastamancer and Sauceror classes could fall under this trope as well.
* One of the more annoying monsters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles'' were the Tonberry Chefs of Moschet Manor, which were... well, Tonberries dressed like chefs and using gutting knives as weapons.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', beating Tonberries got you their Chef's Knives as well.
* The aptly-named multi-part ''RuneScape'' quest "Recipe for Disaster" involves the PC [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally freeing an evil food-based magician]] known as the Culinaromancer.
* The knife-throwing chefs in the ''MedalOfHonor'' series.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'', the player will sometimes be attacked in Nod bases by flamethrower-wielding chefs.
* Yodai [[LargeHam "Now we're BOILING!"]] Higashizawa of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.
* The main villain of ''Videogame/{{Octodad}}'' is a sushi chef who's the only one to realize that the protagonist is an octopus masquerading as a human and believes him to be a sleeper agent for the inevitable fish uprising.
* The ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' series features two evil chefs: Larry Chiang from the first game, and Antoine Thomas from [[VideoGame/DeadRising2 the second game]]. Larry intends to turn an injured [[BigBad Carlito Keyes]] into mincemeat, and Antoine is attempting (and, it is heavily implied, has even succeeded) [[ImAHumanitarian to turn survivors into "the perfect dish"]].
* Umami of ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'' is {{Orochi}}'s head chef. At least until Charity was kidnapped and forced into the job. Instead of hatching a plan to help her escape and reclaim her position as head chef, she finds it more beneficial to [[ImAHumanitarian cook her]].
* The Black Dragon Group from ''SuikodenII''. Their leader Jinkai plans to use the Moon Bird Recipe for some sort of [[TakeOverTheWorld world domination plan]] through cooking. Though by the end of the Cook-Off minigames, he got better and was implied to have mended his ways.
* The Baby Dragon Chefs from ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'' and ''VideoGame/RaymanLegends''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Dexter grows a beard to become rugged, and is believed to be his hero Action Hank. He later teams up with Action Hank to fight beard-themed villains, one of which is a chef with a beard that acts like a blade.
* Lunch Lady Ghost in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
* Grandma Stuffums from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' (who attacked with waves of living food such as liver and vegetables.)
* Louie (the seafood chef who sings "Le Poisson" from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'') is only evil insofar as aquatic animals are concerned. In context, that's evil enough. For bonus evil, he even has a [[DastardlyWhiplash twirly]] [[GoodHairEvilHair mustache.]]
** A similar chef can be seen for a few seconds (although in shadow) in the earlier animated Disney film ''Disney/TheAristocats'' during the scene where Duchess, Thomas O'Malley, the kittens, and the Gabble sisters run into Uncle Waldo.
* Skinner from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' isn't exactly dangerous, but he is greedy and sneaky and has an abysmal sense of business ethics.
* A Halloween special of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had Lunchlady Doris become one of these when the faculty took to [[ImAHumanitarian cooking the students]].
** There is also a story where Homer becomes a food critic, and the other critics tell him he gives too many good reviews so he starts insulting everyone's food (not just restaurants, but Marge, too). This makes the restaurant owners angry and a bunch of them get together to kill him with a poisoned eclair at a food fair. Most of the restaurant owners aren't normally seen in villain roles, but the French chef who appears (and is the main person behind the poisoned eclair) probably counts.
* Chef from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' became one in his last appearance.
* Chef Hatchet from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' is probably better known as a LethalChef but he certainly gets a lot of enjoyment out of tormenting the campers.
* The Purple Pieman of ''Franchise/StrawberryShortcake''.
* Sizzlor! Who subjected [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Zim]] to torturous servitude in the bowels of the planet Foodcourtia.
* The Breadmaster in ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'', along with his sidekick Buttery Pat, had a recipe for evil.
* Titanium Chef and Oleander from ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack''. Titanium Chef even has an [[TomeOfEldritchLore evil recipe book]].
* TheButcher and Chuck the Evil Sandwich Man from ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl''.
* Piecemeal from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' is a criminally insane chef.
* Mother Mae-Eye from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode [[AntagonistTitle of the same name]] was sort of a supervillain version of the WickedWitch in Literature/HanselAndGretel. She initially appeared as a grandmotherly old woman, but her true form was a hideous old hag with warty, green skin and three eyes. She was able to brainwash the Titans into thinking she was their mother using the magical - and addictive - pies she made, all the while planning to turn them into one, and when found out, was able to grow to giant size and use them as weapons. One curious thing about her was that she can somehow hide inside her own pies (so to enchant a victim who tries to eat it) and when defeated, is trapped in one until, again, someone tries to eat it.
* Nurse Claiborne, who first appeared in the ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode ''Operation: P.I.N.K.E.Y.E.'', was both this ''and'' a BattleAxeNurse. A school nurse who seemed sweet and friendly, her apple crumbles were popular among the students, even Numbuh Two... Then it turned out that she was behind the mystery epidemic of pinkeye going around the school, simply so she could use the eye crust from her patients as topping for the crumbles. She escaped at the end of the episode, but didn't learn; her second apperence had her go into the cereal business [[spoiler: by making the sweet bits from Rainbow Monkey dolls. Including one of Numbuh 3's most prized doll.]] Kuki was not amused. (On another note, Claiborne is one of the few villains who was regarded as insane ''even in-universe'', which is hard to do, considering what the KND's RoguesGallery is like; pretty much ''all'' of them would be labeled criminally insane if put into any remotely realistic context.)
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[[folder:Misc.]]
* In Medieval times cooks were considered naturally inclined towards evil. Good cooks lured a soul into pleasures of gluttony, while bad cooks corrupted the body. Furthermore, kitchens were often depicted as images of Hell, where master chef ruled as the head devil while his assistants butchered innocent animals and roasted them on spits. As such, cooks were often stereotyped as cruel, slow-witted gluttons and brutes.
* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) tends to portray any chef who cooks with meat in this manner. Just take a look at their “Cooking mama” thanksgiving game.
* Let's be honest: as kids, most of us thought the cafeteria staff at school were either this or [[LethalChef Lethal Chefs.]]
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