"I'll show you 'mere cook' after I fillet each and every last one of you bastards!"A Lethal Chef is someone whose cooking is so terrible that it could fall under the Geneva Convention as an inhumane weapon. A Supreme Chef is a superb cook, particularly the kind that participate in televised Cooking Duels where "every battle, reputations are put on the line." Combine the lethal potential with sublime cooking skills and you get the Chef of Iron: a fighting cook, someone who can kick your ass and prepare a gourmet meal with equal ease. He/she is a bad person to have as an enemy but a good person to have invite you over to dinner. Chefs of Iron fall into different, frequently overlapping types, not limited to:
— Sanji, One Piece
- "Ordinary" (or more ordinary than the following examples at least) people who are skilled in normal combat and mundane, if excellent cookery; one or the other tends to be his day job. If the day job is fighting (e.g. military, police work) being a cook may show the character has a sensitive side (sometimes a case of Real Men Wear Pink); if cooking is the day job, they may be leading a double life of hidden badass. Or, they might be a chef for an army or suchlike, where they do both at the same time. In this form, may overlap with the Almighty Janitor.
- A cook whose special skills include using cooking implements in combat. They may be an Improbable Weapon User; there are many ways you can hurt people with boiling liquids, big chef's knives, eating utensils and cutlery, heavy skillets, etc. An angry Apron Matron brandishing a Rolling Pin of Doom at you may cross over into this trope slightly, especially if it's their primary means of defending themselves. Compare I Know Madden Kombat.
- A chef for whom cooking is their means of fighting, and we're not talking about Cooking Duels. Baguette Beatdowns, entangling noodles, golems made of food, chemical weapons made from hot pepper sauce, the pantry's the limit. May be combined with kitchen implements as above. In this form, they are practicing Martial Arts and Crafts.
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Anime and Manga
- Cowboy Bebop: When the crew of the Bebop have food to cook, badass ex-cop bounty hunter Jet can be counted on to whip something up, even if he only has one or two ingredients to work with.
- Kouji Kabuto from Mazinger Z was a Chef of Iron in the original manga. He is shown on screen to be the one that cooks for his household breakfast. It is also implied that his cooking is pretty good no matter how ridiculous it is (his croquette is huge (Sayaka said it's a Mazinger class croquette referring to its size) and can shoot Rust Tornado (Unleash wind when cut) and Rocket Punch (launch a part of it when its cut, directly to Shiro's mouth), and of course he kicks ass in battle.
- Ranma ˝:
- Ukyo. A practitioner of Martial Arts Okonomiyaki (Japanese omelete-pizza... stuff) and wields spatulas from normal to giant size.
- Cologne, when she moves to Japan, opens a noodle shop and picks up some martial arts moves of the entangling noodles variety. She also has her granddaughter Shampoo learn Martial-Arts Takeout Delivery.
- One Piece:
- The biggest example in the series, and the one who provides the page quote, is Sanji, the archetypal "ordinary" Fighting Cook. He fights with his feet to save his cooking hands from damage and considers a Chef of Iron Type 2 or 3 to be a personal insult (due to almost dying of starvation as a child and feeding the poor despite being hated by his family for it in his backstory, he REALLY hates it when people waste food, or uses cooking instruments for things that aren't food).
- There's also 'Red Leg' Zeff, the pirate who taught Sanji everything he knew about food and fighting; previously, he was the Captain and Cook of his own ship (or head cook, rather; they were the Cook Pirates, after all).
- Baratie, Zeff's restaurant at sea, is actually filled completely with Fighting Chefs, who are so fearsome that customers visit the restaurant just as much to watch them fight as eat their cooking. They're technically all Type 1 like Sanji, but their weapons look like food and cooking instruments (even if they're not the same ones they use to actually cook with) giving the appearance of Type 2 and 3.
- Wanze is a Type 3 chef who uses Ramen Kenpo to fight. He ends up fighting Sanji, and handing him his head when the latter's kicks prove to be ineffective against the former's noodles. This is the one time that Sanji actually uses knives to fight, but he only does it to disassemble Wanze's noodle armor, and puts the knives away immediately afterwards.
- The anime Bistro Recipe/Fighting Foodons essentially turned Type 3 into Mons style food themed monsters.
- Akito Tenkawa from Martian Successor Nadesico... Ace Pilot and restaurant-level chef.
- Black Butler:
- Sebastian can go kick some ass and be home in time to prepare a five-star meal.
- Baldo, the actual chef of Phantomhive Manor, isn't much for cooking, but he can beat you down with a frying pan. He's actually an ex-soldier kept on for his combat experience. His food might suck, but his ability to blow shit up is what he was hired for.
- Bianchi from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. Attacks enemies with her Poison Cooking.
- Shell and Leon from Chūka Ichiban! (mistranslated as Cooking Master Boy). The former has a steel staff and the latter has seven knives including a large cleaver for cutting cows open. Following the context of the show, all these are simply fantastic cooking implements, but their owners are well able to put them to lethal use whenever they need to. Also in the series, they've faced opponents who are clearly superhuman as well as a ninja chef.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- Chao Lingshen. Chef and owner of the Chao Bao Zi restaurant and Magitek-using Time Master Big Bad of the Mahora Festival Story Arc.
- Also Eishun Konoe, who's both the greatest swordman in both mundane and magical world and Team Chef for his band of invincible idiots. And Heaven help them if they don't eat it all.
- In the Cyborg 009 series, Chang Changku/006 is a former Chinese chef turned cyborg - and he still cooks in his spare time. And he even uses his fire-breathing powers in the kitchen! In the 2001 series, he manages to re-open his restaurant and proves that his cooking skills haven't gone down at all.
- The second season of Slayers has in one episode a chef who knows how to prepare Dragon Cuisine. Of course, the first step in cooking a dragon is collecting fresh ingredients.
- In Hunter × Hunter, two of the test-givers in the Hunter Exam were "Gourmet Hunters", who specialized in tracking down rare foods and ingredients and were expert cooks, but were just as capable of kicking ass as any other Hunter; in particular, the Action Girl of the duo, the Tsundere Menchi, almost killed a guy with her bare hands when he pressed her Berserk Button by openly doubting her Chef of Iron credentials. Then, when she had to come up with an impromptu test, Menchi told the aspirants to get a very rare kind of egg inside a very dangerous canyon... and to set the example, she easily got it herself. Almost everyone else got almost killed by merely trying.
- Makoto/Sailor Jupiter of Sailor Moon: Being a soldier of justice, she's also a very good cook and respectable domestic figure (she has to be, given she lives alone and was orphaned) which balances out her tough bruiser personality.
- Tenii in Shin Koihime†Musou. She impresses the main cast with her cooking at a local tavern, and is called on to prove her skill by Sousou. Then she grabs a raging bull by the horns and throws it into the air.
- Most chefs in Toriko are this out of necessity due to how absurdly dangerous some of the ingredients they deal with are.
- Simon Brezhnev from Durarara!! is a Russian sushi chef and former member of the special forces. He demonstrates veritable Charles Atlas Superpowers, jumping down several stories and stopping an equally strong guy throwing a vending machine mid-throw! And still he's a pacifist and only fights to stop fights with minimal violence. It's implied that the boss of the Russian Sushi is just as badass, though he's more subdued about it.
- After more than a decade (viewer time) of being little more than the munchkin in the kitchen, Tenchi Muyo!'s Sasami Masaki Jurai showed in the third OVA series that as well as cooking up a storm on a regular basis, she could not only out-think a highly-trained and heavily-armed Galaxy Police officer, but also hand her ass to her with little effort. Sasami would have been about nine years old at the time, and did not appear to use her divine connections or avatar powers at the time—just a quarterstaff that she kept tucked away in her hair. Seriously.
- Masaru Aoki from Hajime no Ippo, a ramen restaurant cook who also is training to become a professional boxer.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha:
- Sai Saici of G Gundam is a Type-1 with shades of Type-2. Not only is his food delicious, his cooking is quite showy, and quite a crowd-pleaser. His combat-skills, however, are unrelated to cooking - he uses basic Shaolin Kung-Fu, and quite well at that.
- Whenever G Gundam and Martian Successor Nadesico appear in the same Super Robot Wars game, Sai Saici and Akito Tenkawa can usually be found bonding in the Nadesico's kitchen over their mutual interest in giant robots and cooking.
- China from Axis Powers Hetalia, and specially in the anime. He uses his beloved wok to cook delicious dishes and to kick ass.
- In Mahoromatic Mahoro is this. One of the side characters, Chizuko, seems to be there mainly to identify the exact dish from the precise 5* restaurant, which Mahoro has just replicated to perfection.
- Brock from Pokémon,who can kick your ass in a gym battle and still whip up a great dinner.
- Yuuhi from Ayashi no Ceres, an excellent cook who can also kick some serious ass with a pair of chopsticks.
- Dita Liebely from Vandread. The Hero and her love interest Hibiki enjoys her cooking and is a high-ranking Dread pilot.
- Hunterx Hunter has the Gourmet Hunters, men and women who are both skilled at cooking and at kicking ass. The onews we see the most are Buhara and Mench, who are in charge of a whole part of the Hunter Exam.
- Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-:
- Fay D. Flourite is a powerful magician, experienced fighter, and superb cook. All of these come in handy in the series.
- Tsubasa's omake, Shiritsu Horitsuba Gakuen, has Yuui-sensei, the new home economics teacher, whose culinary skills are admired by all. In the fourth voice drama, he mentions that he has some archery skill.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has Michio Mokota (Reed Pepper in the dub) who could be considered a Duel Monsters equivalent of the characters in Fighting Foodons; his deck uses odd monsters called Coockpals, Anthropomorphic Food which he combines via a Spell Card called "Regal Recipes" into stronger Royal Cookpals, the Solid Vision system interpreting the effect as cooking.
- Nyan-ta of Log Horizon is a high level Swashbuckler who is capable of kicking major ass when he needs to. He's also capable of whipping up meals that would make Gordon Ramsay proud. Bonus points for being one of (if not the) first Adventurer to discover how to make food with real taste in the new world.
- Akame ga Kill! has Akame herself: who does the cooking for Night Raid most of the time. She also is the most deadly of them overall.
- Deadpool: A girl from Deadpool's past calls this trope by name: "In the Heya kitchen, they call me... the Iron Chef!"
- Blackhawk: Although originally intended as a comic relief character, later retcons made the Blackhawk's cook Chop Chop a skilled martial artist and fighter pilot equal to the rest of the team.
- Samurai Chef: The titular Samurai Chef, who's occupation is to test whether meals are fit to survive battle conditions.
- A Crown of Stars: Even after being inactive for a long time, Shinji is still a good pilot. And after starting living together again so long Asuka confirms that he is still a very good cook.
- Advice and Trust: Shinji is a giant robot pilot and he also cooks for his teammates. As soon as the first chapter it is pointed out that he makes delicious meals. A few chapters later he was shattering a Robeast to pieces.
- The Child of Love:
- Shinji is giant robot pilot and a good cook. Actually, Misato is not allowed cooking in their apartment.
- When Asuka tries to make breakfast, she shows she is actually a pretty good cook.
- DC Nation: Team Chefs Green Shield (for Clan Arrow and the Outsiders) and Fauna (for Titans West). The former literally has enhanced strength and durability to the point where she was hit by a truck and the truck came out on the worse end. She also cooks as a way to exploring her love of chemestry. Fauna is the product of a hippie farming commune and prefers cooking to fighting. Not that she can't fight if she's protecting someone - especially in bear or tiger form.
- Evangelion 303: Shinji is an Ace Pilot and an excellent cook.
- HERZ: Shinji is a soldier and pilot and a great cook. In fact he is the one cooks in his household.
- Last Child of Krypton: In this crossover Shinji is a skilled at making meals for Misato and Asuka, and is also, well, Superman.
- The One I Love Is:
- Rei is a Humongous Mecha pilot and surprisingly an excellent cook. When Shinji gets worried because she always eats instant food he starts to teach her how to cook a few recipes. She learns quickly and she becomes an excellent cook. Asuka even remarks she cooks like a chef.
- Shinji is not as good as her but he is still a very good cook... and the squad member with the larger number of kills.
- Scar Tissue:
- Several times Asuka points out that Shinji gets scary when he fights and gets angry... and he is the best cook that she knows. He constantly is trying to make tasty meals for his flatmates.
- Surprisingly, Asuka -the best pilot in the series- is also a great cook when she sets her mind to it.
- Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Shinji is good making meals, pilots giant robots and he can fend for himself in a fight to help Asuka or someone else in danger.
- What Lies Beyond the Walls: The mole chef Meklarn is a fantastic cook, but when he finds himself cornered in his kitchen by vermin, he doesn't hesitate to defend himself. With a frying pan and rolling pin. The vermin don't even scratch him.
- In The Paths Diverge Natasja Irons, being a Muggle as well as a pretty good cook, favors implements such as frying pans and marble rolling pins when faced with troublesome wizards. She actually takes down a not-yet-captured Bellatrix Lestrange with a cookie sheet and throws a barbecue fork at Voldemort himself in the graveyard after the Third Task.
- In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, Shinji is a good cook and he's a mecha pilot. In different scenes of the same chapter he's seen cooking a meal for his flatmates and fighting a giant monster.
- Once More with Feeling: According Asuka, Shinji knows how to cook well, and his piloting skills almost match hers.
Films — Animated
- If Colette is to be believed, most of the chefs in Gusteau's kitchen in Ratatouille are some form of this. The most amusing one is the sous chef who was in prison and tells a different story of his crime every time someone asks, including "I killed a man. With this thumb."
- Po from Kung Fu Panda was raised by a noodle chef, prior to being chosen to be trained as a kick ass warrior. As a result, he knows a little something about cooking, and while it's not played up, he's definitely good at it. Once he receives his kick ass martial training, he's a classic type 1.
Films — Live-Action
- Steven Seagal in his classic Under Siege... when terrorists hijack a navy battleship, they secure the entire, battle-hardened crew... but they forget the ship cook. Who is a former Navy SEAL. Played by Steven Seagal, of all people. Yeah, they're pretty much fucked.
Jordan Tate: You're not a cook.Casey Ryback: Yeah, well... I also cook.
- In Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, there is a scene where Seagal's character sends a message to his co-worker, another chef. And everyone expected serious kickassery... But it turned out he just wanted the other chef to call the Mission Control.
- Four guys in a Chinese kitchen in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story rather suddenly become examples of this trope.
- Sammo Hung, another martial arts film star, has a movie called Kung Fu Chef. Guess what it's about.
- The chef in Dragon Inn (another Martial Arts movie) is equally deadly with his meat cleaver in the kitchen and on the battlefield.
- The 1996 film The Long Kiss Goodnight has Geena Davis as an assassin who's lost her memory, living now as a suburban housewife. Her memories start to reemerge when she's in the kitchen. "Chefs do that," she says when she does a little flourish with her knife after chopping vegetables. A little later, when she kills some intruders with the same knife, she repeats the line. "Chefs do that."
- The 1997 Jackie Chan movie Mr Nice Guy stars Jackie as a TV chef. (In fact, in Spain the movie was titled Super Chef.) Since it's Jackie Chan, he obviously also kicks a lot of ass.
- In the Stephen Chow film God of Cookery:
- The world famous chef and title-holder is disgraced by an underling. He picks up a knife and is disarmed with a teaspoon by the underling who claims that the title-holder has not cooked for so long his grip has grown weak. The disgraced cook then embarks on a journey to become a Chef Of Iron once more.
- Sister Turkey. In a fight she punches through an upturned table to hold a meat cleaver right in front of the face of the man behind it. By day she sells fast food.
- Hanzo Hattori from Kill Bill, people! After retiring from his blacksmith duties, he became a sushi chef in Okinawa. And then he came out of retirement to forge The Bride's iconic katana.
- The Champion of Justice in Fish Story is an excellent example. He leaves the scene to get an apple pie out of the oven, and returns to find a hijacking in progress. They shoot him, but it doesn't stop him at firstnote
- Beck (played by Dwayne Johnson) in The Rundown.
- In Robin McKinley's Sunshine, Sunshine, a baker, falls into the first category of Chef of Iron, using magic and (you guessed it) the power of sunshine to duke it out with various vampires threatening to kill her.
- Daughter of the Lioness:
- The series has Chenaol, who is a superb cook (at least once the protagonist (who grew up in the western-Europe-fantasy-counterpart-culture) gets used to the southern-Asia-fantasy-counterpart-culture's cuisine) is also one of the four leaders and the armorer of the rebel group and apparently is very effective with a meat cleaver in hand-to-hand combat.
- Winding Circle's Dedicate Gorse is implied to be this as well, if he ever left his kitchen for anything.
- Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures has Urs (type I), a friendly, talkative guy who loves to eat and "aims to become the best cook in the city". Come to find out, he was at one point the best swordsman in Wolperting, and even though he hasn't touched a blade longer than a kitchen knife in years, when the time comes he proves he's still among his people's top three fighters.
- From Lois McMaster Bujold's The Warrior's Apprentice, the anecdote of Vorloupulous and his 1000 chefs. He hired mercenaries as "cooks" and equipped them with butcher knives instead of swords, and the like, to follow the word of a law limiting the size of his army. Naturally, his penalty for breaking the law was to be placed in stocks and die of starvation. Let it never be said that the emperor at the time didn't have a sense of humour.
- Robert A. Heinlein's Between Planets. Charlie is a Chinese immigrant to the planet Venus. Not only is he an excellent cook, he knows how to handle a butcher knife and dies fighting against an invasion of the planet.
- Fritz from Nero Wolfe is a very early example of this trope.
- Faquarl from The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. He's a high-level demon whose true form is something nasty with tentacles, but his preferred human disguise is a cleaver-wielding chef.
- Vlad Taltos in the Dragaera series is a professional assassin and amateur cook (and gourmand). His father owned a restaurant, which he inherited and ran briefly before joining the equivalent of the Mafia.
- Polgara the Sorceress from David Eddings' The Belgariad. She can turn you into a turnip and then fix you the best dinner ever (but not necessarily in that order).
- In The Hero from Otherwhere by Jay Williams, a legendary swordsman is beaten by a cook wielding a ladle and a cauldron lid. The cook is the real legendary swordsman and the other an impostor.
- Harry Kressing's novel The Cook features the mysterious Conrad, who is able to manipulate and control people through his cooking, while using his superlative knife skills in combat with rivals.
- Escrima in the Phule's Company novels. Escrima takes his name from his fighting style of choice, and pulls double duty as the eponymous company's cook and hand-to-hand combat instructor. He is Hot-Blooded, comically foreign and willing and capable to messily dismantle would-be food critics.
- In Kitchen Confidential, a chef's autobiography, it's mentioned that it's very important to keep the kitchen crew happy, as the last thing you want is two heavily-armed chefs duking it out with knives, pots and the occasional Frying Pan of Doom.
- Patricia C. Wrede's short story Utensile Strength is about the royal family of the Enchanted Forest attempting to find an owner for a literal Frying Pan of Doom. They decide to hold a "warriors' cooking contest" with the Pan as the grand prize, and attract contestants from across the kingdoms. During the event, a non-competing princess-disguised-as-scullery-maid is found to be the Pan's rightful wielder. The warriors insist on completing the cooking contest anyway.
- Early on in By the Sword, part of the Heralds of Valdemar series, a castle wedding feast is ambushed by overwhelming numbers of enemies. The survivors retreat into the kitchens, where they fight a desperate battle with whatever comes to hand against the invaders. This includes carving knives and roasting spits as improvised weapons, plus things like throwing boiling soup on people.
- Rock of The Stormlight Archive is the best cook Bridge Four has. He's also the best archer Bridge Four has, though he likes showing off his cooking skills far more than he does his combat skills. This comes from the fact that in his culture, the first son is supposed to be a cook, the second son a farmer and the third son a warrior, and it's implied that Rock used to be the third son.
Eliot:Hold a knife this way, dice an onion. Hold a knife this way, slice through eight Yakuza in four seconds...
- In "The Wedding Job", Eliot demonstrates that he's eerily schooled in the differences in proper knife-holding techniques for different tasks, causing Nathan to become visibly disturbed.
Nathan: Did you just kill a guy with an appetizer?Eliot: I dunno...maybe...
- That same episode has Eliot dispatching
a thugThe Butcher of Kiev by shoving a pair of hors d'oeuvres in his eyes that he squirted lemon juice on.
- This is set up as early as episode 2 ("The Homecoming Job"), in which he assembles a pile of phonemes into a convincingly French name for the hors d'oeuvre he's holding.
- The Chairman of Iron Chef America, played by Mark Dacascos, is a black belt (both in character and in Real Life), and isn't shy about showing moves off in Kitchen Stadium. While it's not explicitly said that he cooks himself, he's a gourmand, and given the trope's namesake, he ought to count.
- The original Iron Chef has at least two of these as challengers. One a former Sumo turned chef after a knee injury forced him to quit and another who was a professional chef who also competed at the national level in some form of martial arts.
- Gosei Sentai Dairanger:
- Tenkasei Ryou is a gyoza cook and the most powerful warrior in the team. When he returned in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, he still retains both his amazing fighting and cooking skill and can fight the Zangyack even untransformed.
- Cooking duties on the GokaiGalleon are shared between GokaiGreen Doc and GokaiSilver Gai. Each have kicked more than their fair share of ass during the show. Even the team's Lancer Joe was seen baking a cake once.
- Samurai Sentai Shinkenger has Genta, a sushi chef and fighter. The sushi chef theme extends to his Transformation Trinket, weapon, fighting style and robots. All this, and he makes a mean curry rice - though that said, his sushi is So Okay, It's Average. This extends to his American counterpart, Antonio the Gold Ranger of Power Rangers Samurai - the "sushi chef" shtick was replaced with a "fisherman" one, but he knows how to prepare what he catches so it still fits. The respective Pink Rangers of both Shinkenger and Samurai also aspire to be this, but their cooking leaves something to be desired.
- Shouichi Tsugami of Kamen Rider Agito.
- Souji Tendou of Kamen Rider Kabuto, a world-class chef with fighting skills to match and an ego that outweighs both of them combined.
- Michael Garibaldi, the Babylon 5 chief of security, is also a near gourmet-level chef (specializing in Italian food), which poses two problems for him: 1. Being security chief on a Space Station tens of light-years from the nearest proper farm, getting certain ingredients (like fresh eggs and butter) is nigh-impossible, and 2. Dr. Franklin doesn't approve of heavy foods. Most of his time is spent being suspicious and kicking ass, so the cooking dimension serves to make him more three-dimensional. Note that it's Garibaldi who complains the most about the rations on B5, leading to a Crowning Moment Of Funny.
- Charmed: Piper Halliwell. Chef-turned-club owner by day, powerful witch by night. Her cooking abilities make it easier for her to brew potions, which can be used to kill demons. In the end, after she retires from being a witch, Piper buys a restaurant.
- Captain Benjamin Sisko of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, exquisite chef who grew up working in his dad's restaurant. And one of the most badass beings in the alpha quadrant.
- The Muppet Show: The Swedish Chef isn't so much a chef who can fight so much as a chef who cooks with weapons
- Reaper contains a demon couple who, among other things, are shown to be excellent cooks. They're not big on the fighting side; but, being demons, they can seriously kick ass when they need to.
- One winner for a first-season episode of Sweet Genius was a pastry chef and part-time prize fighter.
- Oren Pierre Alfonzo from Kamen Rider Gaim. Former special forces soldier (implied to be the French Foreign Legion) turned pâtissier (pastry chef) and then Armoured Rider Bravo.
- Sam, the main character from Life on Mars (2006), is a 2006 modern police officer transported to 1973, where cops are more likely to punch you in the gut than read you your rights. The fact that Sam is an excellent cook is used as an example of his modern values, which surprise the 1970s populace, to whom the idea of a man who is not a professional chef being able to cook is pretty strange.
- Sayid from Lost. He's best known for being a badass soldier turned torturer turned assassin. In the middle of all that, one of his flashbacks show him working as a chef in Paris.
- In The Champion Pub, Antonio Jaberini is an Italian chef who spends his evenings in barroom boxing matches.
- Ogre Butchers from Warhammer, who use a specialized Lore known as "Gut Magic".
- Halflings also qualify. As well as being excellent cooks they are known to be talented thieves and capable archers. In addition to serving as skirmishers on the battlefield they also employ the Halfling Hot Pot, an artillery piece consisting of a giant slingshot used to hurl pots of scalding hot soup at the enemy.
- More specifically, there's the Fighting Cooks, a mercenary squadron of
HobbitsHalflings who are highly-skilled as trackers, hunters, and ambushers - and quite capable of going head-to-head too. More importantly, they improve the morale of the entire army with their delicious cooking!
- Some '"Dungeons & Dragons'' examples:
- Clan Anklebiter, a tribe of gnome barbarians. Favorite food: Orc. The tribe's manhood trial consists of finding the biggest, baddest monster they can, killing it, and then cooking it for the tribal elders. (Hint: passing the manhood trial isn't based on how well you kill the critter...)
- There was a 1st level downloadable adventure for D&D 3rd edition where the final boss was a Calzone Golem!
- The Knights of the Knowledge of the Tongue from Changeling: The Lost probably qualify. The Knights are always on the search for new flavors, particularly those of Goblin Fruits and Hedge Beasts. Which means they need to be fit to walk into, and survive, the Hedge, find the ingredients, get the ingredients (which may have lethal defenses or even be actively trying to eat them first), and then make it home alive. Then they gotta successfully cook what they brought back.
- Pete, The Chef : From an unnamed sci-fi survival board game distributed in an issue of In Quest. Given the lack of depth to this, this trope is all there is to this character.
- In Rocket Age Hank Avalon, the owner of the best eatery on Venus, Hank's American BBQ, will come at you with a cleaver if you start anything in his restaurant.
- Mason from Journey's End, chef to a British reigment and Deadpan Snarker who must also fight.
- Cyrano de Bergerac: Baker Ragueneau is a realistic example of this trope at Act IV: He is a supreme chef who is capable of cooking enough food for a regiment and then he cleverly disguises in a carriage (and to occult the smell!) to smuggle it through enemy lines for the French troops (he is the coachman and goes through various Spanish checkpoints). He is risking his life for his friends, the cadets.
- For those theme parks that feature full-service dining, the chefs who work there have to be a specific type of culinary badass. In addition to all of the usual stresses of being a professional chef, these guys face crowds that would make chefs in restaurants in the outside world cringe in fear. They have to be on the ball, quick, and precise to a level that is rarely seen outside of such an environment. To give you an idea, consider that in an average restaurant, a dinner service that sees 1000 customers is considered an oddity, and was likely a near-disaster for the restaurant that could easily have run it out of food. Now consider that 1900 Park Fare, just one of the seven restaurants at Walt Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort, averages 1500 people per dinner service, and isn't considered unusually busy until it hits around 3000 customers in a single night.
- In Hitman: Codename 47, you get attacked by one of the chefs wielding a meat cleaver.
- Chrono Cross has Orcha, cursed to also become an Evil Chef sometimes.
- The Suikoden series has several, but the most notable one is no doubt Hai Yo from Suikoden II. Quite possibly the finest chef in the world, and a master of the Cooking Duel, he is also available as a combat unit, with decent stats, and an interesting fighting-style. Wields kitchen-implements.
- Regal from Tales of Symphonia is a fighter who cooks well.
- Jam Kuradoberi from Guilty Gear: master chef who dreams of opening a restaurant as well as fighting ki master.
- Street Fighter IV has El Fuerte, a Masked Luchador cook who enters the tournament to find new recipe ideas. He can't cook anything unless it's Mexican food according to the letter of the recipe as he loves trying to mix anything.
- Marshall Law from Tekken. He's even called "the fighting chef".
- Elzam von Branstein of Super Robot Wars. Gourmet chef with a badass Super Robot and unstoppable theme song. There's a reason why he took the name Ratsel Feinschmeker in his Heel–Face Turn.
- From Final Fantasy IX, we have Quina, who is also an Extreme Omnivore, wielding an oversized set of cutlery in combat, along with his/her chef-hat. It's never clarified if Quina's cooking is edible by humans.
- Henpecked Hou from Jade Empire. Although he's sworn off fighting due to his wife, he was once a master of the Drunken Master kung-fu style, and can teach it to the player.
- Won-Won, the first Boss of Final Fight 2 is supposedly a sushi chef.
- Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice has Mr. Champloo. He's a Demonic Cooking Teacher Martial Artist! Boom!
- In Kingdom of Loathing:
- Saucerors and Pastamancers fit the Type 3 description to a T; Saucerors conjure various hot/cold/spicy sauce spells to hurt the monsters and can craft potions by cooking them; Pastamancers have spells such as "Entangling Noodles" and can summon pasta golems. Both classes also acquire skills that let them cook high-quality food items.
- There are also enemies that fit the bill - Degrassi Knoll and the Gnollish War Chef, the Assistant Chefs in Cobb's Knob each have chefs, the Spookyraven Manor has zombie chefs and at the higher levels during the war between the hippies and the frat boys each side has the Baker Company (think herbal brownies) and the Grill Seargents respectively. (The later two, you might expect, kick considerably more ass, especially the Elite Mook versions.)
- There's also the spring 2013 special challenge path "Avatar of Jarlsberg", which allows you to channel the spirit of Loathing's original chef-magus and access some of his very impressive prowess in both magic and cookery.
- ClayFighter 63 1/3 has Kung Pow, a Chinese chef who attacks with woks, chopsticks, knives, and other cooking utensils. All his moves are named after Chinese dishes.
- Medal of Honor:
- One level in Frontline takes place on a U-Boat, with the player fighting his way past the entire crew. The level route goes through the galley, where the U-Boat's cook will attack by throwing knives. He goes down easy, though. The same chef reappears in several different levels, including the final level, having somehow survived his previous encounters with you, but appearing more battered and bruised each time.
- Weaker versions of the chef appear as an uncommon enemy in a few levels of Rising Sun. They attack in the same way, but don't hit as hard and take less damage to go down.
- Gordo from Skies of Arcadia: you first meet the man when he attacks your ship intending on looting its kitchen. He is one of the most feared pirates in the northern skies and owns a bistro you have to visit in the game. For the most part Gordo and his crew qualify as type 2, using kitchen knives as weapons and dressed up as chefs, one of Gordo's special attacks however ranks him up to type three.
- Kirby can eat a fighting cook enemy to gain the ability to cook his foes. Kirby can also use this ability in Brawl as his Final Smash.
- While Kirby fits the third type, the enemy that gives him that power, Chef Kawasaki, is a mix between the second and third types. He throws plates and can grab Kirby and cook him by extending his frying pan.
- One of Mr. Game & Watch's attacks in Super Smash Bros. has him pull out a frying pan and fling out food that harms opponents.
- The main character of a Playstation 1 (originally 3DO) shooter called PO'ed is a chef IN SPACE!! whose ship crash lands on an alien planet; he has to fight his way out with whatever he's got, including kitchen implements.
- Power Stone has two battling chefs, Wangtang and Gourmand. The former is a type 1 while the latter is a type 3.
- Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard gives us the Master Chef, who goes into battle wearing futuristic armor that includes a big metal chef's hat, and a potholder on one hand.
- From Team FK Digital's Chaos Code, there's Bravo Pepperonicine.
- Iksel from Atelier Rorona is pretty laid-back when working at the Sunrise Cafe, but wields a mean frying pan in battle.
- Fate/stay night:
- Emiya Shirou was the Supreme Chef before beginning to master his combat abilities, becoming a Type 1. By extension, this makes Archer one as well.
- Tohsaka Rin qualifies, being a proficient magus/hand-to-hand combatant and cook of roughly equivalent skill.
- Matou Sakura as well, but mostly in the Heaven's Feel path... when she snaps due to all the Break the Cutie piled up on her and shows how everyone should Beware the Nice Ones. In fact, Shirou himself taught her to cook, and he has apparently said she is now the best of the two.
- One of the Psychopaths in Dead Rising 2 is Antoine, an Evil Chef who decides to serve Chuck as his next masterpiece of cuisine.
- Indie game The Dishwasher has The Chef. He serves as something of a Guardian Angel to the Dishwasher himself, appropriately enough. Oh, and he also messily wipes the floor with dozens of government-trained, heavily armed cyborgs and survives his Obi-Wan Moment of being chainsawed in half from the shoulder to the hip.
- "Captain" Cookie, in World of Warcraft's revamped Deadmines dungeon.
- In Fallout: New Vegas, in the Ultra Luxe Casino, there is a chef named Philippe who you can openly provoke into attacking you (or psycho-analyze his terrible childhood to make him leave). Out in the wastes, there is the flamethrower-wielding Cook Cook, who is a member of the Fiends. He is the designated chef of the gang, with a propensity for murder and rape. Killing his prized brahmin causes him to fly into a crazed fit.
- The Courier can become this as well with high "Survival" skills, letting them cook Philippe's Brahmin Wellington and the Wasteland Omelet, which needs a Deathclaw egg to make, something that can be found in Sloan's Quarry Junction, the Deathclaw promontory, Dead Wind Cavern (all of which are Deathclaw broods) and on dead dathclaws.
- Your player character in the Rune Factory games can become this, optionally. Put enough effort in, and you can create dishes that will wow even the local gourmand or Supreme Chef. Rune Factory 3 even allows you to craft utensils for use in battle.
- While Milfeulle Sakuraba is a very cheerful Supreme Chef, her day job is piloting a manned weapon of mass-destruction that sports a BFG. You do not want to cross her. Ever.
- Patty from Tales of Vesperia is a minor type 2 example, smacking or searing enemies with a frying pan for her Little Big Chef and Fire Big Chef artes (While simultaneously producing a helpful or harmful dish in the process), and making woks of prepared food fall from the sky or sometimes just a wok of boiling water that she flips at the enemy with her Welcome Dish arte.
- Ludger from Tales of Xillia 2 is a type 1 example, easily being one of the strongest protagonists in the entire series thanks to his Super Mode and trio of weapons he can freely switch between on the fly, while preparing some seriously tasty looking dishes that everyone acknowledges as being delicious, even getting a proper chef costume from a sidequest. He can also take it into the type 2 territory if he's wielding his omelet cooking set along with the chef costume, which allows him to use the aforementioned Fire Big Chef arte.
- Oscar from Fire Emblem Tellius is not only the Team Chef, but a pretty efficient Lance Knight.
- Another Patty comes from Fire Emblem Jugdral, though whether she's a good fighter or not depends on who her dad is.
- In Fire Emblem Elibe, Rebecca the Archer and Lowen the Cavalier bond over their love of cooking and can fight rather well. (Not to mention, if the player gets them hooked up, they can be an awesome Battle Couple.)
- Fire Emblem Awakening has Stahl (good general cook, one half of the traditional Red and green Cavalier duo), Gaius (expert in sweets and the local Lovable Rogue), Noire (great baker, an Archertype Lady of War in the making), Cherche (good general cook as well, Ninja Maid and Dragon Rider), Sumia (a believer in Comfort Food and the local Submissive Badass), and even the Avatar (whose cooking, despite his/her doubts that it's even edible, seems to be loved by the non-humans in the party, like Panne, Nowi, and Nah).
- In Fire Emblem Fates, the player can build his/her own restaurant in My Castle; if he/she does, then everyone in the troops will get a chance to cook for their companions and be this. Whether it works or not, eh, that's something else.
- The Chef Kyroo dream eater from Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is a variant of the more knightly frogs who trades in the sword and shield for a frying pan and pot lid. Its repertoire boasts a vicious midair combo, various fire attacks, and even "hot potato" land mines. It also shows its cooking skills with its habit of occasionally cooking an ordinary treat into a rarer Royal Cake instead of eating it.
- The Chef ring set in zOMG! is meant to simulate one of these. The original Chef set was Pot Lid (armor), Teflon Spray (armor), Knife Sharpen (attack buff), and Meat (HP increase), and the complete set's passive boost was to armor, making the Chef a Barrier Warrior best played with a second set or a few allies. In late 2009, ring sets were tweaked for balance: the Chef set switched Teflon for the powerful-but-pricy Hack (attacking) ring, Knife Sharpen's use was changed to an attack debuff, and the complete set's passive boost was changed to the dodge stat, making Chef more versatile in solo play.
- The CHEF (caps required, it's a bot) in Risk of Rain is an unusually literal example of the trope, what with being a robot whose directives allow it to absolutely massacre "customers" (actually angry aliens) with both a large set of boomerang-like cleavers, its friers and massive amounts of cooking oil, making it qualify for type 2.
- Link becomes this in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, owing to how important the cooking/crafting system is in the gameplay. As ever, he's the chosen hero who ventures out into the world with the aim of defeating Ganon, doing battle with many kinds of beasts andadversaries on the way there. However, this time around, in-game journals characterise him as being something of a gourmand, and, judging by the results of a particular sidequest where he sources and recreates cake recipes from the ruins of Hyrule Castle, he's a fantastic chef. Of course, throughout the game, you'll likely have him whip up a wide variety of meals and snacks with all sorts of ingredients, often bestowing a range of status buffs on top of the health they recover.
- Miis from the Chef class in Miitopia can cook delicious meals to restore their allies' health... while beating the crap out of monsters with their Frying Pan of Doom.
- Sluggy Freelance did the parody story of "Muffin the Vampire Baker", complete with armaments such as a portable oven. Of course, Sam has some things to show them about more effective (and traditional) ways to deal with said vampires...
- Ronin Galaxy: Giancarlo can hold his own in a gunfight and still manage to cook up a full-course meal for breakfast the next morning.
- Type 3 is very important in Triangle and Robert, where several of the characters are "Cuisine Mages" who can cast awesomely powerful spells derived from cooking.
- Ol' Man Death of Girl Genius. Can make you any type of sandwich you can name (but no soup). And kick a Jägermonster's ass without being too distracted from sandwiches.
- By extension, anyone who manages to cook in the kitchens of Castle Heterodyne for any period of time. The castle (and kitchen) was built by Mad Scientist Faustus Heterodyne, and is controlled by a schizophrenic Artificial Intelligence with a sadistic sense of humor and unbridled contempt for anyone not affiliated with House Heterodyne.
- Belkar from The Order of the Stick is a minor example of Type 1. As well as being a skilled knife fighter, he also has 4 ranks in Profession (gourmet chef). He makes a vulture stew for the MitD, and when a bounty hunter threatens to feed Roy's heart to one of his associates, he suggests cooking it with garlic to bring out the flavor. "Hey, I'm trying here! I have exactly two skill sets, and you get mad when I use the other one!"
- Played with in Dubious Company, when Tiren decides to bake chocolate:
Everyone: SHE can cook?Fumiko: Duh!
Fumiko: I thought you said she remade the chocolate?Sal: She must have. It's more hideous than before.
- In Homestuck:
- One of the Alpha kids, Jane, is a descendent of the Betty Crocker fortune with a knack at baking and detective work. She also wields a giant fork/spoon as a weapon.
- Dad Egbert is seen using homemade baked goods themselves as weapons. He also has ties to Betty Crocker.
- Because of the associations with Betty Crocker, it is sometimes joked by fans that )(er Imperious Condescension, or her previous incarnation Meenah Peixes, must be a mean pastry chef as well.
- Most of the cooks in Banananana Ninja:
- In Darwin's Soldiers, Dean Nixon joins in the chase through Las Vegas in the second RP. He is the Pelvanida chef.
- Heinrich, the anthropomorphic bear chef from Ursula Vernon's Book of the Gear. Do not mess with his truffle oil if you want to live.
- Granny Stuffem from Codename: Kids Next Door uses her creations as a monster army, with varying abilities, all of which are capable of incapacitating you by making you eat them. While singing pastiches of GWAR songs.
- The Lunch Lady Ghost, Danny Phantom's enemy.
- Roadblock of G.I. Joe: A gourmet chef who also happens to be a BFG-wielding Scary Black Man.
- The Breadmaster on The Tick (Evil Chef type). Do not mess with his dangerous and yet delicious army of gingerbread cookies. "Not baked goods, Professor; baked bads!"
- Celebrity Deathmatch featured the four-armed Japanese chef Beni Trauma, one of the Super Freaks, who is thought to have the DNA of Emeril Lagasse.
- In Futurama, Bender proves a literal example by being a chef of 30% iron. And various other metals like titanium, zinc, dolomite, etc. It varies by episode and the requirements of the gag being made.
- Applejack and Pinkie Pie of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the former being a motherly sister and the latter being a professional baker. They're both more than capable in a fight, on one occasion fighting off an entire horde of changelings with their bare hoofs, a cannon that shoots party supplies, and the magic of Stock Footage.
- Wild Kratts has Chef Gaston Gourmand, who is an evil type 2, bordering on 3 (he has several times threatened Chris or Martin Kratt - while they were in animal form [and at least once while in human form but miniaturized] - to turn them into ingredients for his 'endangered species cuisine'). It is mostly his prowess with kitchen utensils, but also his maksmanship with his dough shooter that make him dangerous.
- The late Chef Harold Hillard was awarded three bronze stars, a silver star, and earned himself three purple hearts during his service as a US Marine (in both the Korean and Vietnam wars). After he retired from active duty, he became a chef. He went on to train chefs at Kaiser University's Tallahassee, Florida campus. Specifically, he teaches meat cutting and knife skills (one of his students in the fine art of rendering meat from whole pieces to small bleeding chunks was, in fact, the same Robert Irvine who will be appearing in the next example). At the age of 80 years old, he was still capable of deboning an entire pig in less than 20 minutes.
- Robert Irvine, MCFA (C.G.) of the Food Network's Dinner: Impossible. He's a Royal Navy veteran. On top of it all, he's buffed and cut enough to look like he could kick your ass with ease.
- Gordon Ramsay is a reasonably successful amateur triathlete. While in town for the triathlon, he did a follow-up on one of the Kitchen Nightmares alumni and found the place still doing good business.
- Doris "Dorie" Miller was in Pearl Harbor assigned as a Cook Third Class aboard USS West Virginia on Dec. 7, 1941. When the Japanese attack started, his battle station at an antiaircraft battery had already been destroyed, so he went on deck and manned a 50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun (which he hadn't been trained to use) for 15 minutes until he ran out of ammunition. He was awarded the Navy Cross, the third-highest decoration in the US Navy at that time, by Admiral Nimitz—the first African American to receive the decoration. He was also the ship's heavyweight boxing champion.
- Submarine cooks in general. In most navies, the submarine service is considered an elite force and sailors qualifying for it undergo tougher training than those in the surface fleet. Since one of the perks of being in the submarine service is that the food is better than in other branches of the military, submarine cooks undergo special training in cooking as well, including culinary schools and internships at top restaurants.
- Vinnie Pearl Butler (1928-2012) owned and cooked for a truck stop diner in the middle of nowhere on the outskirts of Apopka, Florida. In 1977, on one of her few nights off, her restaurant was held up and robbed by a member of the local Outlaws biker gang. Not expecting any help from the then-notoriously corrupt Apopka police department, she took it upon herself to visit the headquarters of the Apopka chapter of said gang. A small, frail-looking woman, she went alone, and unarmed, and had a lengthy private conversation with the club's president. Neither he nor she has ever revealed what was said, but it is known (and is a local Apopka legend) that not only was all of the stolen money returned to the cent, the Outlaws from that point on until the truck-stop's closing 1992 served as unofficial custodians, dishwashers, and nighttime security guards for the restaurant. It was never robbed again.
- Thanks to the human's survival instinct, any cook that knows how to handle kitchen appliances can become deadly. Kitchen knives are large and sharp, sturdy ladles can hit as hard as a mallet, pots and pans can be lethal if they're in use (expecially if being used for frying), and that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many deadly tools in the average kitchen (never mind an industrial or foodservice one) that there's few worse choices of location for trying to rob.
''BEWARE! I AM A CHEF! This means I have a lot of knives, and am very skilled in their use. It means I don't blink at stress that would reduce a punk like you to tears. It means I am used to handling things that are as hot as lava. So taking down a flea like you won't even slow me down!" — Motivational poster seen hanging in the kitchen of Chuck's Wagon, a truck-stop diner owned and operated by Chef Chuck Hollingsworth in Mobile, Alabama.