'''Basic Trope''': A character has poor cooking skills, often to comical extremes.
* '''Straight''': Everything Julia tries to cook tastes bad.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Julia can't even microwave...or make Cup-O-Noodles.
** Everyone pukes and runs screaming from the house when it's announced that Julia will be cooking dinner tonight.
** Julia's cooking has a body count (and an investigation by the police, the District Attorney, or the Center for Disease Control) associated with it.
** Julia's cooking [[FoodEatsYou becomes animate and attacks people.]]
* '''Downplayed''':
** Julia is a fair to average chef. She sucks sometimes, but can also turn out some good dishes.
** Julia burns stuff in the kitchen all the time, but she can make a decent meal sometimes.
** Julia is a OneNoteCook. She can cook one dish with no problem, but any attempt to cook anything else will end badly.
* '''Justified''':
** Julia thinks she's a good cook, but isn't.
** Julia isn't old enough to understand the basics of cooking.
** Julia is dyslexic, so she has a hard time reading and comprehending the recipes.
** Julia is a stoner and/or CloudCuckoolander and comes up with her culinary experiments while high or in one of her "wacky" moods.
** Julia was never taught how to cook at any point in her life, and had to make do with what she gleaned from television and watching others, which ping-pongs between "Not bad, for someone who's never done it in her life" to "Very bad, even for someone who's never done it in her life"
** Julia is an alien from another planet (or a FunnyForeigner from another country) where the standards of what's tasty and what isn't are ''very'' warped.
* '''Inverted''': Julia is a SupremeChef.
* '''Subverted''':
** We hear Julia is a horrible chef, but her food is okay.
** ''([[{{Portmanteau}} SubvertExaggerated!]])'' Julia's food looks and smells absolutely disgusting. However, if someone [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight gave it a chance]], they'd notice that it tastes [[SupremeChef absolutely divine]].
** There is a body count associated with Julia's cooking (Exaggerated #3), but the deaths are due to diseases from severe unbalances in nutrition values. If anything, the taste is actually quite good.
** There was one occasion when Julia's food tasted appalling. However, that was because the only available ingredients were so bad, even [[SupremeChef award-winning chef Monsieur Le Bien]] could not make anything decent either.
* '''Double Subverted''': She ordered take out that time.
* '''Parodied''':
** Julia's culinary "experiments" have caught the attention of the Center for Disease Control and after her latest attempt at dinner, the CDC come in and quarantine her kitchen.
--> '''Julia:''' OhNoNotAgain
** [[EpicFail When Julia pours herself a bowl of cereal, it catches fire]].
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** Julia's cooking ability depends on what ingredients she has in her house. When she has enough money for groceries, she makes great food; when money's tight, it's time to break out the Tums and the airline barfbags.
** Julia sucks at cooking actual dishes (appetizers and main courses), but is a whiz at baking and pastries.
* '''Averted''':
** Julia is too lazy to cook and has never tried.
** Julia's cooking isn't terrible, but it's not Cordon Bleu quality either.
* '''Enforced''': "What better way to paint Julia as a ditzy Cloudcuckoolander than to have her completely unable to cook? ''Brilliant''!"
* '''Lampshaded''': "Is it even POSSIBLE for chilled tomato soup to [[AteTheSpoon DISSOLVE THE FLIPPIN' BOWL]] unless it's made by Julia?"
* '''Invoked''': A chef teaches Julia to cook in the most wrong ways possible.
* '''Exploited''': The hero finds out that [[BigBad Emperor Evulz]] needs a new chef. They have Julia apply for the job so she can assassinate the Emperor with her cooking not-skills.
* '''Defied''':
** Realizing Julia doesn't know the first thing about cooking, her friends ban her from the kitchen.
** Julia knows her cooking sucks and tries to get help for it (or says, "Fuck it!" and orders take-out food).
* '''Discussed''': "Hey, Laika! Dinner at Julia's tonight! Don't forget the [[NoodleImplements first aid kit, fire extinguisher and silver bullets!]]"
* '''Conversed''': "Why is it that there's always one character in these ensemble sitcoms who can't even put ice cream in a bowl without setting fire to the kitchen?"
* '''Implied''': The main characters take turns cooking for each other, but (as an observant viewer would notice) Julia never gets a turn.
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Julia's inability to cook makes it hard for people to take her seriously as a useful member of the household.
** Julia starts a fire with one of her cooking disasters.
** Parodied #1 if one were to play it seriously (or comedic in a dark, gross way)
** Julia is literal ''lethal'' chef. Her atrocious cooking ends up claiming the lives of a lot of innocent, unsuspecting people.
** If Julia is a FunnyForeigner or an alien, her friends may develop a taste for her exotic dishes.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** The rest of the family doesn't mind, since their taste buds are so shot, they'll eat anything.
** The fire is put out quickly, so nobody gets hurt.
** Julia encourages her friends to try new foods (i.e. her cooking), but they don't.
* '''Played For Laughs''':
** The characters tell jokes about Julia's cooking, and Julia is okay with this.
** [[KillEmAll Everyone in town]] is DrivenToSuicide [[ComicalOverreacting over Julia's cooking]].
* '''Played For Drama''':
** Julia's lifelong dream is to become a great chef, but her [[GiftedlyBad inherently terrible skills]] and inability to improve make it hard for her to succeed.
** Julia's cooking causes a fatal case of food poisoning and she vows never to set foot in a kitchen again.
** "Justified #2" (the "Julia is dyslexic" excuse) and "Justified #4" (the "Julia grew up with no one to teach her how to cook") if done as a VerySpecialEpisode of a TV show.
** In the final episode of the show, Julia starts a fire in the kitchen. The fire burns the whole town down, and [[KillEmAll everyone dies]].
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