This is what happens when a man best known for martial arts comedies decides to make a cooking show.Stephen Chow plays "Stephen Chow" (the Chinese characters in his name are different from his actual name), the undisputed "God Of Cookery". His respect highly valued and his skills beyond compare, he's supported by The Triads and the Tongs 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?
God of Cookery provides examples Of:
Abhorrent Admirer: The "fangirl" who brings flowers. Also, Turkey; she becomes less abhorrent after some plastic surgery in the ending.
Absurdly Sharp Blade: Kitchen knives that can slice through falling ingredients without knocking them to the side.
Ass Kicking Pose: The Eighteen Brassmen of Shaolin, before and during Stephen's subsequent ass-kicking.
Badass Grandpa: 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.
Break the Haughty: Sort of; Stephen acts a bit nicer once he loses his empire, but as soon as he's on the track to getting in back, he returns to his old tricks. It's not towards the end he finally becomes a better person.
Bullet Time: Preparing ingredients while they are in the air
Distracted by the Sexy: Subverted; Nancy does an extended dance sequence while walking back and forth along the row of competitiors, then promptly eliminates the contestants for watching her instead of cooking. Subverted because it's humorously bizarre rather than alluring.
Food Porn: "Buddha Jumps Over the Wall" is a Real Life Fujian dish containing dozens of meats, fish, and shellfish in a stew taking 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.
Foreshadowing: The proposed promo delivered by the MC of the first competition includes a question of whether Chow is a god from the Heavens or a devil from Hell because of his cooking abilities. The Deus ex Machina reveals Chow is a Reincarnation of the Kitchen God's assistant, exiled from Heaven for having spilled culinary secrets to mankind.
Gonk: Turkey until the end of the movie and the "fangirl"; this is but one of Stephen Chow's numerous Signature Styles.
Heel-Face Turn: Goosehead and his food stall staff/gang joins with Turkey after Stephen convinces the two to band together to create the "pissing beef balls"note Mantis shrimp inside a beef ball.
Hostage Situation: Bull and his business partner have recruited Nancy's son into the triads, forcing her to call the competition in his favor.
Lotus Position: With subverted levitation - Headmaster Wet Dream sits down like this in the middle of the last contest and appears to be levitating, until the camera moves and reveals he's being carried out by security.
The Eighteen Brassmen of Shaolin are a reference to the 1976 Chinese film "18 Bronzemen" (Shaolin Zi Shi Ba Tong Ren).
In one scene, Stephen states "I don't mean to show others I'm capable: I just want to tell others that I can get back what I've lost". This dialogue is similar to the one used by Mark Lee in A Better Tomorrow. Furthermore, another reference to the film is used when Stephen lights his cigar using a Hong Kong bank note.
Chow's final dish after his ex-business partner ruins his Buddha Jumps Over The Wall is a simple rice-vegetable-barbeque pork bowl Turkey made for him when they first meet each other. It's dubbed "Sorrowful Rice"; the strongest technique used by Yang Guo in The Return of the Condor Heroes is the "Sorrowful Palm".
Supreme Chef: Stephen, but subverted when he starts out pretending to be one. Played straight by the end of the movie.
Tampering with Food and Drink: Done twice by the unnamed business partner - first with cheap beef sold in his restaurants, causing food poisoning, which gets Stephen arrested by the authorities and done a second time by placing a bomb in Stephen's container for his Buddha Jumps Over The Wall.