This cook can whip up confections that make taste buds weep with joy, and make characters want to stuff themselves, because the food is that good.
Be warned, though, this character takes insults to their art very
Often the Team Chef
. If there are more than one, a Cooking Duel
Naturally the best friend of the Big Eater
, if they're not the same person.
This chef may engage in Through His Stomach
, but as a general expression of affection, or even a generalized benevolence, not a particular sign of deep passion. Your Favorite
is similarly not a profound gesture when made by this chef. They might provoke a Heel-Face Turn through the power of their cooking.
The output of a Supreme Chef is often Food Porn
and Delicious Distraction
. Compare Chef of Iron
Contrast Lethal Chef
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Anime and Manga
- Tonio from the fourth part JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is an odd example; his ability is centered around making incredibly tasty food that will leave you literally spewing your guts out. As it turns out, however, this seemingly nasty side-effect actually leaves you healthier than before; since it's actually expelling and replacing damaged/infected tissue. And it's really good food on top of all that. Even the water at his place is godly (and if you didn't sleep well last night, you'll literally cry your eyes out - but then you'll feel refreshed).
- Sunako from The Wallflower is an excellent cook, especially with Japanese food.
- Yamino from Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok. He's good enough to satisfy even Thor.
- Oddly enough, Haruhi in Haruhi Suzumiya turns out to be this as part of her Team Mom persona later in the books. She says she learned because her mom is a Lethal Chef. When she cooks for a sick brigade member Kyon thinks it might actually work.
Kyon: I could easily see your average cold virus fleeing in the face of this kind of power. Any bacteria with an instinct for self-preservation would be wanting out about now.
- Brock from Pokémon has learned to be a great chef from years of taking care of his siblings.
- Later on Cilan now fills in this role.
- Diamond from Pokémon Special is discovered to be this later on; Pearl isn't so surprised.
- Almost everyone in Chūka Ichiban!. To add more relevance? A very good chef is named "Senior Chef". An incredible chef? Supreme Chef.
- Almost everyone in Yakitate!! Japan. Okay, so it's more of Supreme Baker. Close enough.
- Sanji from One Piece. As well as Zeff, but Sanji seems to have surpassed the teacher.
- Satsuki Yotsuba in Mahou Sensei Negima! is likely the best cook in her school, which is quite impressive given that said school has over 30,000 students. She even has her own (extremely successful) restaurant.
- To give an idea of her skill, one sip of her stamina soup was enough to make Negi go from tired to Hot-Blooded.
- Hayate of Hayate the Combat Butler has this among his "so domestic that women are jealous and threatened" skills. Hinagiku can also cook well enough to impress Hayate, and Maria is shown to be on par with both of them, even able to make things look extremely fancy without sacrificing the taste.
- Najika, the main character of Kitchen Princess has an absolute sense of taste and is constantly amazing the other characters not just with her delicious food, but often with her presentation, as well. She always thinks about the person she's cooking for and makes a dish to suit them.
- Mai Tokiha from Mai-HiME is such a good cook that her adopted friend Mikoto even cries when she has to settle for someone else's ramen.
- There a whole bunch of these and wannabes in Oishinbo.
- The main character Taisuke from Alive: The Final Evolution is an incredible chef considering the dishes he makes while on the road.
- All of the female suitors, and Ranma Saotome, on Ranma ½ other than Akane is one of these, and she wants to be one.
- Ranma's mother, Nodoka, is supposed to be truly remarkable —as spoken by a man who often indulges in every kind of food he can snatch.
- Kasumi Tendo of course, in her role as replacement mom for the Tendo household. Her food is supposedly on the same level as Nodoka's - in other words, pretty much perfect.
- Sasami of Tenchi Muyo! is an excellent chef. In the manga, she was so good that she even baked her sister a carrot cake that she loves despite the fact that Ayeka hates carrots. Sasami even competes in an Iron Chef-style Cooking Duel with several other child chefs.
- In Sasami: Magical Girls Club, though it's the spinoff most far removed from the source material, this remains. Sasami Iwakura cooking for her family while her parents sit and await her masterpiece is not an uncommon sight, and this version is not Really 700 Years Old.
- Don't forget Airi, who in her spare time between running Galaxy Police Academy, politicking, spying and berserking when someone would call her "granma", runs a very successful little restaurant. Note that they both learned to cook from Seto. Demon Princess of Jurai has many talents indeed.
- But note that this paragon of culinary genius (she also taught Noike and Rhea, apparently) utterly failed with her own daughter — Misaki is a borderline Lethal Chef, probably because she was always much more interested in kicking asses than in kitchen tinkering.
- Unexpectedly enough, Badass Longcoat Anti-Hero Hei from Darker Than Black is a very good cook. This is presumably due to a lot of practice and the fact that Real Men Wear Pink.
- In Love Hina, Keitaro, Mutsumi and Shinobu are this, and are the Team Chefs of the band.
- In his case, it's mostly a matter of his desserts being absurdly delicious, in part due to making his own Valentine's chocolate (to seem like less of a loser in public) and in part due to the Urashima family being a line of confectioners.
- Cooking is one of the many talents of Usui Takumi in Maid-Sama!, as revealed when he begins helping out in the kitchen of the maid cafe where Misaki works.
- Yumeiro Pâtissière involves "St. Marie Academy" a school where students learn to become supreme pastry chefs (although main character Ichigo Amano started out as the other kind before invoking this trope).
- A large portion of the cast from Toriko are this. As they are in the 'Gourmet Age,' great chefs are practically the world's equivalent of royalty. Special mention must go to the legendary 'Goddess of Chefs' Frohze who cooked dishes so amazing she stopped an era of war, as well as Setsuno, who runs a restaurant renowned for its amazing food. Toriko's Heterosexual Life Partner Komatsu is noted to have incredible potential and is already a renowned chef himself.
- Shinji Ikari of Neon Genesis Evangelion, especially in the Rebuild continuity. His cooking is so good, even Asuka didn't want to share hers with anyone when he made lunch.
- Shinji is actually a curious case. In the original series and other continuities we didn't know a lot about this matter, only that his food was better than Misato's - and this is Misato we're talking about. However, when Rebuild rolled in, more emphasis was put in his cooking skills, and his Supreme Chef fanon quality became canon.
- Both Sebastian and Claude of Black Butler.
- In addition, Soma's servant Agni is called "the Hand of God". It's not because of any martial arts mastery; it's because he's an impossibly good curry chef.
- Miyako Miyamura from ef - a fairy tale of the two.. Explained by her both living on her own and trying to become the best in everything to regain the attention of her divorced and emotionally-neglectful parents.
- France from Axis Powers Hetalia, befitting both National Stereotypes and his rivalry with Lethal Chef England.
- According to Word of God, several of the Asians are like this. We already know that China is one since we've seen him cook in canon, but profiles also add info about others:
About Thailand: "If he cooks it's always something really sweet
or really hot.
The cooking itself is very delicious."
About Taiwan: "The good thing about her cooking is that you can thank her for treating you to delicious yet inexpensive cuisine!"
- Lelouch Lamperouge of Code Geass is one out of necessity of having had to take care of Nunnally for years...and because he's such a Neat Freak that only he is capable of measuring and handling every single ingredient in exactly the way he needs and wants.
- Milly Ashford, the Cool Big Sis Student Council President, is also an excellent chef, and she's eager to find any excuse to cook or bake. As a matter of fact, she's the only person with whom Lelouch is willing to cook.
- Makoto Kino AKA Sailor Jupiter of Sailor Moon. All the other Senshi love her cooking and a few episodes of the original anime have them turning to her for cooking instructions.
- Tomoka Osakada from The Prince of Tennis, maker of excellent bentos. Justified since she's said to frequently help her parents to take care of her two cute little brothers, thus she often ends up as the default cook at home.
- Kurumu Kurono from Rosario + Vampire makes such good cookies that even she can't resist them, even when she knows they're poisoned! Oh, and she was the one who poisoned them to begin with.
- Rin from Blue Exorcist, surprisingly. To quote Bon, "His wife wouldn't stand a chance!"
- Surprisingly for someone living in Perpetual Poverty, Akihisa Yoshii from Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts is painted to be the best cook around, and could actually make a career out of this. If only he didn't spend all his allowance in video-games and instead bought some ingredients, he would be guaranteed to amaze his friends in a daily basis. Alas, a fraction of ramen, water, salt and sugar are close enough for him, and he won't see a need to cook unless someone (like his sister) demands him to do so. Contrast Mizuki Himeji, who is more than happy to serve her friends some of her home cooking in a regular basis, but is guaranteed to decommission the eater.
- Shouma Takakura from Mawaru-Penguindrum. His sister Himari is a rather decent one, but Shouma is still the best of the two.
- Nanako Misonou, the main character of Oniisama e.... She often has baking meetings with her friend Tomoko, and when she learns that Rei is living alone and has few to eat healthy, she decides to cook specifically for her.
- Kakei from Kinou Nani Tabeta? is one of these, in a manga that centers around Food Porn.
- Strangely, Lum of Urusei Yatsura is both this AND a Lethal Chef. This is due to the fact that all her cooking is made for her own Bizarre Alien Biology; humans get sick eating it (and most of it looks awful too) due to how horribly spicy it is, while the aliens can withstand it much better and love it to death.
- Parodied in DearS when Ren and Miu compete against each other at school Ren is declared the winner of the cooking contest because her dish is 'the flavor of the cosmos'. This is another case of Bizarre Alien Biology because the food she makes appears (and is to humans) inedible.
- Mami Tomoe from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, according to Kyouko's comments in the Drama CD. The cakes she served to Sayaka and Madoka when they dropped by her flat? They might have been baked by Mami herself, which makes her eventual fate all the more ironic.
- Madoka's father Tomohisa is an excellent cook. This is justified since his wife Junko is often at work and is the main breadwinner of the family, so he takes care of the house.
- Kirby of the Stars has Monsieur Goan, whose food becomes so good and affordable that the Cappies would rather eat at his restaurant than at Kawasaki's. It's such a shame that Goan is just another Monster of the Week.
- A subvereted version of this comes to play in Katekyo Hitman Reborn! when Bianchi actually tries to to cook normally, unlike her normal Poison Cooking. They all thought it was delicious... Until they felt all hell turning inside their stomachs. Reborn even commented that she actually created a new, time delayed Poison Cooking.
- In Kekkaishi, Yoshimura could count as top notch when it comes to cooking, especially cooking sweets.
- Nene in Oda Nobuna no Yabou can make grass into a delicious meal. Really.
- Asuna maxed out her cooking skill in Sword Art Online, which is pretty impressive on its own—nobody really bothers putting much effort into non-combat skills like that. The supreme part is that she experimented with different spices so much that she was able to figure out how the system synthesizes flavor, and create things that simply do not exist in the game. Like soy sauce. One thing that makes this particularly funny is that in the beginning of the game, when offered the knowledge of how to get cream for use as a condiment, she comments that she isn't in the game to eat good food.
- The "Extra Edition" OVA shows that her cooking skills extend to outside SAO, cooking lunch for her friends during their summer vacation.
- In Durarara!!, the author drew up a picture of all the girls involved in a cooking contest. Most of them varied between not very good to horrifically bad, but Namie Yagiri and Mika Harima get scores of 95 and 100, respectively. Interestingly, these are both the girls who cook for Seiji.
- As multiple characters in Anpanman are food-based characters, any character with a food theme of a prepared food or meal is the master of making that kind of food. Multiple episodes are themed around two of these characters arguing about who's food is the best. However, the number one supreme chef in the series is Uncle Jam. His baked goods win over everyone that tries them, and the head of Anpanman himself is the tastiest food in the series thanks to him.
- Hinano and her pancakes from Trouble Chocolate.
- Zero Squad's Kirio Hikifune from Bleach. Both Ichigo and Renji call her food the best thing they've ever tasted. Also, it says a LOT that she's skilled in BOTH Western and Eastern food, as well as pastries. note It's a plot point, as Hikifune can imbue her food with her own reiatsu and thus power-up those who eat it.
- Shirokuma of Shirokuma Cafe, especially since he's a polar bear. Sasako the waitress is no slouch as she runs the place when Shirokuma is away.
- The goal of many characters in Iron Wok Jan is to be this.
- Hayate Yagami of Lyrical Nanoha. Everyone who eats her food loves it, especially the ever cynical Vita. In fact, one of the Sound Stages of The Gears of Destiny revealed that her cooking skills are so significant, Lord Dearche accidentally got them when she copied Hayate's powers. This led to one of the only times that Lord Dearche complimented Hayate, since Dearche gets a lot of praise in her new home for her cooking.
- Athena Asamiya is implied to be one in the The King of Fighters: KYO manga. In the last volume she makes dinner for Kensou, Yuki and Kyo, and the three find the dish she made for them note to be very good.
- Only supreme chefs are admitted into Toostuki Cooking Academy in Shokugeki No Soma, and only those who are far above that can become part of its Absurdly Powerful Student Council. Also, only 1% of them will graduate from school (the other 99% will eventually be expelled), so supreme doesn't even begin to describe the elite in this manga.
- Chi-Chi from Dragon Ball Z is known to be a good cook by other characters. This is shown best in a filler episode when she threatens to stop cooking meals for Goku and Piccolo if they didn't go to driving school. Also, Videl commented on her rice and even asked for the recipe, not to mention that she Chi-Chi cooks better than any of Mr. Satan's cooks.
- Grandma Duck in the Disney Ducks Comic Universe is one of these; her famous cooking skills are central to many of the plots of the stories starring (or just featuring) her.
- Though it varies heavily from story to story, her grandson Donald Duck is often depicted as having inherited at least some of her skill around the kitchen. While some writers love to portray him as a Lethal Chef (and he probably shouldn't be allowed to experiment too much), the most common interpretation is that he's a very good cook and could probably have made a decent living as a professional chef if it hadn't been for his Hair-Trigger Temper, Miles Gloriosus tendencies and constant bad luck.
- In the Garfield strip, Jon's mother is a great cook, especially when it comes to baking pies and preparing potatoes. She once prepared a meal with eight kinds of potatoes (her personal best).
- Though it is rarely shown, Magneto (yes, that Magneto) is a highly skilled cook who knows how to create delicious meals even with few ingredients to work with. This is actually justified, given that he grew up in the Warsaw Ghetto and Auschwitz and developed these skills for the survival of himself and his family.
- Dagwood, the protagonist of Blondie. He likes to cook almost as much as he likes to eat and is so great at making sandwiches, he has one named after him.
- Chef Smurf in The Smurfs is this (also applies to The Smurfs film series). In the Animated Adaptation, his character is combined with Greedy Smurf (see below).
- Silver Sable proves to be one in a What If? scenario which ends with her and Spider-Man falling in love.
- One of the children attending PS238 has a metahuman ability to turn anything into food, and he can decide how nutritious or fattening the food will be. In one instance he produced something that tasted like a high quality chocolate covered ice cream bar. However, he can't change the appearance of what he's converted, so food that he makes from rocks still looks like rocks.
Film - Animation
- The Other Mother in Coraline is shown to be able to whip out what is basically the very definition of Food Porn at a moment's notice.
- Po of Kung Fu Panda cooks the best noodles the Furious Five have ever tasted in their lives. His father is even better.
- Remy in Ratatouille. He whipped up a ratatouille that caused Anton Ego to flashback to his childhood.
- Also the late Auguste Guesteau, whose restaurant is center of the setting of the film.
- Tiana, from The Princess and the Frog. Her dream is to open a restaurant.
- Kronk, from The Emperor's New Groove. Spinach puffs are his specialty.
- Rapunzel from Tangled is shown to have many talents. Baking is one of them.
Film - Live Action
- Chu, from Eat Drink Man Woman. When he starts making school lunches for the little girl next door, she soon gets students mobbing her in the cafeteria with orders for the next day's meal.
- Wan from Flavour of Happiness.
- Martha and Mario from Mostly Martha; also Kate and Nick from the remake No Reservations.
- In Lois McMaster Bujold's novel Memory, Miles Vorkosigan hires his gate guard's mother as a cook, based on the elaborate gourmet box lunch she prepares for her son. He's right, she's one of these. Suddenly he starts getting visitors at mealtime. And attempts by his relatives - including his parents - to hire her away. General opinion is that Ma Kosti could make a meal fit for the Emperor if her base ingredient was cardboard.
- The main character in Joanne Harris' Chocolat and The Film of the Book is a chocolatier whose creations are mouth-watering enough to win over an entire town of strict Catholics during Lent.
- In Mur Lafferty's novel Playing For Keeps one of the characters has a superpower that makes her a Supreme Chef. She intuitively knows what kind of food everyone around her likes and exactly how to prepare it.
- The volatile and mercenary French chef Anatole in P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories. He serves as a Living MacGuffin, with various Upper Class Twits constantly plotting to either obtain or retain his peerless services. The threat of being banned from sampling his gastronomic delights is often the club wielded by Bertie's Aunt Dahlia when he displays his unwillingness to commit his assistance to her latest Zany Scheme.
- The eponymous character of James White's The Galactic Gourmet ran out of professional challenges at the five-star restaurant he ran at a multispecies hotel, and was feeling bored until a Kelgian diner personally thanked him for a good meal, having just been released from Sector General. This led to the Great Gurronsevas heading for the Final Frontier - hospital food. He became the Chief Dietician of Sector General. (Since he effectively became a head of department without going through the hospital's usual screening and training procedures, Hilarity Ensues.)
- Dracula. Yes, that Dracula. In the original Bram Stoker novel, when Harker is staying at Castle Dracula, he notes in his journal that the food is very good. Later, it's revealed that there are no servants (it would be tough to get people to work for a, y'know, vampire) and Dracula has been doing all the work, such as cooking. Apparently, when you're an undying abomination you have time to pick up a culinary hobby.
- Charity Carpenter from The Dresden Files. According to Harry, "She could whip up a five-course meal for twelve from an egg, two spaghetti noodles, some household chemicals, and a stick of chewing gum."
- In David R. Palmer's Emergence, the eleven-year-old boy who calls himself "Adam" turns out to be this, among other skills unlikely for the son of wealth and privilege. Granted that he's a mutant super-genius, it's still odd, and protagonist/narrator Candy (also an eleven-year-old mutant super-genius) comments on it, that Adam chose to include world-class cooking among his skills. Susceptible readers may gain five pounds just from the description given of the "work of sheerest culinary artistry" he prepares for Candy in the course of one day.
- Polgara is one in David Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean series, as well as in the prequels. Part of it may be that she's a sorceress, but it's mostly skill — and a couple thousand years worth of practice.
- Nero Wolfe's cook, Fritz Brenner, is a supreme chef. Nero himself is pretty good, when he decides to exert himself.
- The Eternal Emperor of the Sten series is a spectacular chef. A major hobby of his is trying to recreate foods he remembers from his youth, thousands of years ago.
- Terry Pratchett's Discworld:
- Glenda Sugarbean who runs the Unseen University's Night Kitchen is so talented that Vetinari is willing to take her food untested — she would never poison anyone, not out of respect for him but out of respect for the food — and considers telling the guards to throw away her jammy devil bribes "a crime against high art". Apparently all of the Sugarbean women qualify: her grandmother Augusta used to be the cook at the Assassin's Guild where she made the world's best bubble and squeak (she left Glenda the recipe) and refused to let any of the students use her cakes for poisoning practice — and they obeyed because no one wants to upset a good cook.
- Nanny Ogg publically scorns the idea of Through His Stomach, but knows an array of recipes for sexual boosting dishes, like Carrot 'n' Oyster Pie or Chocolate Sauce Surprise, that can leave almost anyone except Granny Weatherwax burning up with lust, as seen in Maskerade.
- House-elves from Harry Potter, fitting their nature as the ultimate servants. Even Kreacher whips up excellent meals once he truly accepts Harry as his new master.
- Lydda the griffin in Dark Lord of Derkholm is a fantastic cook, despite only being thirteen or so. She's an oddball for a griffin in that she prefers her food cooked to raw, but none of her family members will turn down her "godlike snacks."
- In the Chalet School books, the Maynard family maid, Anna, and Karen, the school cook, both qualify. The former makes a mean jam (as seen in A Feud in the Chalet School), and the latter's bread twists are often described as 'heavenly'.
- According to Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School, Miss Mush can cook beautifully when she's only cooking for herself and/or a few others. Unfortunately, at Wayside, she's cooking for around three hundred, and in those quantities her food hits the other extreme.
- In Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series, the odd one himself. Saying his pancakes suck functions as his Berserk Button.
- Honor Harrington has had no less than three Supreme Chefs in her household(s): Her steward James MacGuiness, her Grayson cook Mistress Thorne, and her father Alfred Harrington (who has a Friendly Rivalry with Mistress Thorne).
- In the Rainbow Magic series, food-based fairies are often these.
- Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games. More like a Supreme Baker since he's never shown cooking food, but everyone seems to love the things he bakes.
- Mrs. Cormaci from The Underland Chronicles is apparently a very good chef.
- Mr. Willy Wonka is this on a grand scale — he is the inventor of all of the Impossibly Delicious Food that his chocolate factory, the biggest in the world, produces. In order to protect his recipes from rival candymakers, he was forced to become a Reclusive Artist, which only made him more of a Living Legend.
- Gregory's Girl: Steve is extremely serious about his cooking, which even the head master enjoys.
Live Action TV
- Babylon 5: Head of Security Michael Garibaldi is a very good cook besides being a top-notch cop and soldier. A subplot in Season 2 involves Garibaldi trying to get the ingredients for bagna càuda (basically Northern Italian fondue) behind Dr. Franklin's back (he was concerned for Garibaldi's heart health). "A Distant Star" has Franklin finally agreeing to try the dish as long as Garibaldi takes care of himself.
- King Silas in the intrigue alternate-world drama Kings insists in cooking for his family every morning, and misses the time in which he went to the supermarket and "fought for the best melon", and still he goes to the grocery himself and buys his ingredients, yet they clear the shop. Because he is the King. This makes him this trope's paradigma.
- Vincent in Eureka, to the point that the diner has no menu, and some residents consider it a challenge to order something he can't do. However, when left to his own devices, he can occasionally be a Lethal Chef, not because the food's bad but because it's experimental. He, like everyone else in town, has Mad Scientist tendencies and has a doctorate in molecular gastronomy.note
- Iron Chef revolves around the premise of having these kinds of chefs go against each other.
- Kamen Rider Agito's eponymous character, who is a great cook even with Laser-Guided Amnesia. He actually opens his own restaurant at the end of the series.
- Kamen Rider Kabuto: The Ace Tendou is most well known for being an excellent cook. He managed to get his cooking skills from working at his grandmother's oden shop revealed in Kamen Rider Decade.
- Kamen Rider Gaim gives us Pierre Alfonso Oren, A.K.A. Kamen Rider Bravo A.K.A. MISTER DANGEROUS. When he's not beating up on the other Riders for fun or hamming it up for the cameras, he's busy being a famous faux-French pastry chef. His dedication to his baked goods is so great that he even defied the local city-controlling (not quite so) evil corporation because their actions threatened to spoil a customer's enjoyment of his cake. And even without his Rider powers, if you insult his work, you will be hurt. A lot. Probably by a pan to the head.
- LeBeau, the French member of the Hogan's Heroes team, is of course a good cook. The greatness comes in the fact that he can concoct excellent dinners and desserts with the materials available inside a POW camp, making him have almost MacGyver-esque cooking skills.
- Mash episode "Too Many Cooks". A soldier who was a gourmet chef in civilian life is wounded and ends up at the 4077th. He's such a superb cook that he can make Army food delicious.
- Umemori Genta/Shinken Gold from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. Subverted in that only Juzo and Kotoha says it's good. Everyone else thinks it's plain.
- Both Don Dogoier / Gokai Green and Gai Ikari / Gokai Silver of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger are both amazing cooks, but both of their cooking talents veer in different directions: Gai's cooking is for fun and enjoyment while Don's is tailor-made for everyone's well-being (the other Gokaigers, before he joined, weren't the healthiest of eaters). Don ends up depressed by Gai's accomplishments, but ends up being bolstered when Gai admits that Don's cooking is much more better than his, since he can't arrange it like he can.
- Tomica Hero Rescue Fire once featured a Cook-off between Tama-chan and Chukaen. Tama won by making a delicious soup out of a fish-head and the remains of a leek.
- Sookie from Gilmore Girls. She's so obsessed with cooking that she catered her own wedding parties and was still putting icing on the cake on her wedding day.
- Monica Geller from Friends, who makes her living as a professional chef and offers a contrast with Lethal Chef Rachel.
- Reese from Malcolm in the Middle really knows how to cook, he even forces Hal to work for him by making Hal taste whatever he is cooking at the moment. He enjoys cooking so much that one of Lois' most effective punishments is to ban him from the kitchen.
- The Doctor appears to be a whiz in the kitchen, depending on incarnation. In "The Lodger," he manages to assemble a satisfying enough omelette for two from some eggs, stray cheeses, and salad dressing.
- Living as a bachelor for most of a thousand years you pick up a few things.
- Both Ben and Omar from Future Food are Supreme Chefs.
- Piper Halliwell from Charmed is an excellent cook and worked as a sous-chef. It's suggested that this was the primary reason that she was such a skilled potion-maker as well because the two skills compliment each other.
- Marie Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond is described as a spectacular Italian chef. It's the only leverage she has against her useless husband, and it is the source of a great deal of jokes at Debra's expense.
- Doc Martin: Martin himself. He might be uptight, a stick-in-the-mud, and unexpressive in every other aspect of his life, but his gastronomic creations show a singular passion and creativity. Notable that even during his relationship with Louisa he still insisted on doing the cooking for both of them.
- Waldo from Family Matters, is a excellent cook despite his Cloud Cuckoo Lander moments.
- Chef in Star Trek: Enterprise is He Who Must Not Be Seen, He Who Must Not Be Heard, and He Who Must Not Be Named, but not in the Speak of the Devil context. Yet, he is such an amazing Chef that hardly an episode plays without the main characters dropping his name, or rather his title, at least once and usually with fawning admiration. This makes him a sort of running gag in the same way the non-speaking Morn on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is said to be a chatterbox. In the one episode where we do see a cook, it's a holodeck and Riker is playing him.
- Speaking of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, this seems to be encoded in the Sisko DNA. In a setting where nearly everyone relies on replicated food, Ben grows his own vegetables and can be seen cooking on a regular basis; the only time anyone seems less than enamoured with his food came about because he got curious about the potential of Ferengi tube grubs. He learned this from his father, who runs his own restaurant.
- Gordon Gordon Wyatt in Bones retired from psychiatry to pursue a career as a professional chef, and the consensus is that he is quite brilliant. Just don't call him a "fry cook".
- Resident CSI NY coroner Sid Hammerback was a chef before becoming an ME. He's still quite good.
- Mac's girlfriend Christine probably counts,too,she's a successful restaurant owner and chef.
- Adam played by Adam Arkin from Northern Exposure, who though lived as a hostile, semi-mythical hermit, was a genius gourmet chef who could create amazing haute cuisine dishes, as revealed to the series protaganist Dr. Joel Fleishman in the season 1 episode "The Aurora Borealis".
- Dr. Hannibal Lecter just loves to have people over for dinner, and more often than not, they love what they're being served. Just as long as they're not told what might be in it...
- Aunt Bea from The Andy Griffith Show… provided she isn't making pickles.
- Jack Tripper from Three's Company. Besides feeling bad for him for being homeless, it's part of why Janet and Chrissy want to keep him as a roommate in the first place.
- Big Guy Eliot Spencer on Leverage is an expert chef, to the point where owning his own restaurant is one of his main ambitions.
Role Playing Games
- Dino Attack RPG takes this to ridiculous levels with the Brickolinis, whose pizza is enjoyed almost universally to the point where an incident involving one person disliking it gained a particular infamy.
- The Food College of magic in GURPS can make you into this, especially once you can cast Essential Food, which creates good food in its purest elemental form. That might be cheating.
- Cyrano de Bergerac: Ragueneau has a successful bakery at Act II, with various assistants and apprentices and at act I he mentions he could prepare "Chicken a la Ragueneau". Everyone enjoys his pastries, but the problem is that would be not great feat because the poets at Act II and the cadets at Act IV are starving when they do.
- Pictured above: Cooking Mama from the eponymous game, she knows exactly how to make each dish and (usually) walks you through the process. If your dish is really good, people will stuff themselves.
- Elzam from Super Robot Wars Original Generation fit this trope as well, an excellent commander as well as an excellent chef. The first thing he does when transferred to a new post is cook up a gourmet meal for all the soldiers stationed there. He's also able to survive Kusuha's "energy drinks" without fainting and identify all the ingredients used based on the taste. His Paper-Thin Disguise is even named Ratsel Feinschmecker, which means "mystery gourmet".
- Chef Shmi of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door says this of himself. Not that anybody disagrees. Interestingly, the recipes he lists sound borderline Cordon Bleugh Chef, but are actually delicious.
- In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Bowser reluctantly admits that Fawful's cooking is amazing.
- In Tales of Symphonia, Genis has a reputation as a Supreme Chef in Iselia and has several scenes in the beginning of the game with characters praising his cooking... Though considering his older sister Raine, it's almost a necessity for him. Genis is not the altogether best chef in the game, however: That would be Regal, who earns the special title "God of the Kitchen" in a late-game sidequest.
- An interesting twist on this trope and One Note Chef is that all the characters (save Raine and Presea) have themes to the recipes they are best at, even outperforming the Supreme Chefs of the party with certain recipes. Lloyd is better at foods with meat in them, Colette is good with desserts and recipes where a major component is fruit, and Sheena excels with Asian-themed foods like Udon Noodles. Even Genis and Regal have their specific wheelhouses where they outperform the other. Genis works best with everyday recipes like omelets, and Regal has the highest skill with the most complex recipes.
- Let's not forget the Wonder Chef! A master of disguise and the greatest cook in the world. The game treats him as a Hero of Another Story, busy battling the Dark Chef in between teaching the party new dishes.
- For Tales of the Abyss; in the short time you have him, Asch is shown to be a great chef via skit, in contrast to Natalia and Luke who are his fiance and replica, respectively, both of whom are no good in a kitchen.
- Tales of Vesperia has their protagonist Yuri Lowell. When he says his secret ingredient was "Love" Hilarity Ensues. Of course, it turns out he didn't really use anything special.
- Ludger from Tales of Xillia 2. Everyone praises his cooking, and nobody minds him using tomatoes in practically everything he cooks (Except for Elle, who gets over it later), plus the developers put a lot of effort into making his dishes look delicious.
- Saki Nijino in Tokimeki Memorial 1 : her bentô (lunch boxes) are so delicious, they are, according to Bromantic Foil Yoshio, one of the most valuable items among guys at Kirameki High; plus, she plans to hone her skills at a culinary institute once she graduates.
- And in Tokimeki Memorial 2, while she's not as skilled as Saki, there's Kaori who happens to be one once you get to know her more.
- TokiMemo Girl's Side also has a Supreme Chef; this time it's Madoka Kijyo, who explains away his excellent cooking skills as being the result of living on his own.
- Girls Side 2 has Teru, The Ace, who works at a cafe and gives the heroine delicious homemade cookies for White Day if he likes her enough.
- In Mitsumete Knight, Gene happens to be excellent at cooking, and her speciality, the gateau, is supremely delicious.
- Patty in Fire Emblem : Seisen no Keifu.
- Likewise, Lowen in Fire Emblem : Rekka no Ken. Justified Trope as his grandfather and his father worked as cooks for the Pheraean royal family, so he was taught by the best from an early age.
- Rebecca, too. In her B support with Lowen, she actually makes him lunch to thank him for saving her at the beginning of the game. No wonder they can be paired up.
- As is Oscar in Fire Emblem Tellius, from taking care of his little brothers Boyd and Rolf. He stopped being the Team Chef of the Greil Mercenaries to let Mist have a go, though Ike wasn't so keen on the idea. He offers to help Tanith with cooking, in their POR support.
- In Fire Emblem Awakening, Noire's supports with Owain reveal that she's an excellent baker. Likewise, Gaius is very good at sweets. On the other hand, while the Avatar's usually more of a Lethal Chef, to the non-human members of the group this trope seems to be in effect.
- In Star Ocean: The Second Story, while all main characters can become Supreme Chefs thanks to the Skill System, Chisato, Rena, and Yarma are those who canonically apply.
- In Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, you have Sophia who's Skill level in cooking is 43, she can even work on a budget and in a hurry as her Cost and Time modifiers might show. Nel is about as handy in the kitchen as she is with a blade and Mirage isn't half bad either.
- As for NPCs you can recruit, you have Rigel, Mayu, The Killer Chef and Damda Mooda. Mayu and Damda might raise doubts for their skill level, but canonically speaking they're still exceptional chefs. The Killer Chef is said to also cross into Chef of Iron territory, and he doesn't really understand the difference between cooking and killing, hence the name. Either way, he has the highest cooking skill in the game, and one of the best time modifiers in his category.
- The main character of Persona 4 is implied to be an excellent chef, especially for his age. He apparently makes most of the food at home, and can (if the player knows a little about cooking) make some very good school lunches to share with friends. One social link (Yukiko's) involves helping the character get better at cooking (though she refuses to be directly tutored if you offer).
- The MC's actually an odd case; he's a supreme chef if you make the right choices. Make the wrong ones and he's a Lethal Chef; thankfully, the truly horrible blunders just give you bait for fishing.
- Shinjiro Aragaki in Persona 3 proves capable of cooking restaurant-quality dishes (while lecturing Fuuka at the same time). With a little prompting from the female protagonist, he makes a lavish dinner for the team, with every dish described as looking like a picture out of a cookbook and tasting delicious. In the PSP remake, the female protagonist herself specializes in sweets which can be given as gifts - Mitsuru, presented with one such creation, praises the PC's skills as being worthy of a first-class patisserie - and can even remedy some of Fuuka's cooking blunders.
- Sengoku Rance has a few: Oda Nobunaga (dango), Kikkawa Kiku (general cuisine), and Imagawa Yoshimoto (imagawayaki).
- in Fallout: New Vegas, you character can become one if he or she has high enough survival skills. Being able to turn a rotten piece of meat from an mutated animal into a first-class gourmet dish. Strangely enough, Cook-Cook of the Fiends is noted as a highly skilled cook despite being a drug-addled pyromaniacal rapist. Of course, one should be wary of his favorite ingredient...
- The 'main' Ann in most Harvest Moon games shows signs of this. Ironically, in her first game she was a Lethal Chef.
- Chase from Tree of Tranquilty and Animal Parade. With him, it's his designated partner who's the Lethal Chef—Maya knows good food, but is hopeless at cooking it.
- One of the targets in the Dark Brotherhood questline in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a legendary chef known only as "The Gourmet". Certain members state that his recipes indeed live up to their reputation and are actually somewhat disappointed that he's to be assassinated. He keeps his identity a secret with only the chef of Markarth knowing who he is: Turns out he's an Orc.
- Deadly Premonition has two: First, there's Thomas, whose excellent biscuits are in fact the best healing item in the game, and Nick, who built a diner off his talent. Nick's Vanity License Plate even reads "GR 8 COOK."
- Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan: One of the missions is to turn a struggling ramen chef into this.
- The new World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria allows the player to expand on his/her cooking skills by going down a number of cooking paths: Grill(Strength), Oven(Stamina), Pot(Intellect), Steamer(Spirit), Wok(Agility) and Brew(Could be considered the Lethal Chef path). Also, if you are under-leveled in cooking, you have the option to level your cooking through the trainer and her ingredients she provides(Though you do need Golden Carp, which isn't provided by her)
- Jarlsberg the Chef-Magus from Kingdom of Loathing was apparently capable of crafting the perfect ingredients from raw magical energies and then preparing them into the platonic ideal of whatever food-stuff he desired, from the perfect plain bagel to the ultimate ice-cream sundae. Playing the Avatar of Jarlsberg special ascension path lets you tap into that cooking ability (which is good, as Jarlsberg was apparently a picky eater, and one of the limitations of the path is you can only consume food and booze prepared in Jarlsberg's Cosmic Kitchen). Amusingly, although his food preparation was divine, his bartending skills can only be described as "okay" if you grade on a curve.
- Likewise, some of the absolute best food and drink to be gotten in the entire Kingdom can be found in the food court of the Hobopolis clan dungeon. Especially noteworthy are the hobo/hippy who manages Suddenly, Salad!, who somehow makes the eponymous dish taste good, and the jovial Arthur Finn, whose World Record Homebrew Stout is described as "like drinking a loaf of bread."
- Konomi is one in Aquapazza. Her Splash Art is even food-themed.
- In Dwarf Fortress, any dwarf can become one of these with practice. Prepared food has an inordinately high value, a legendary chef can turn raw tiger intestines and bear brains into a barrel full of gourmet meals with a value rivaling adamantine weaponry.
- Unlike her Lethal Chef sister Hisui, Kohaku from Tsukihime is a spectacular cook. When she isn't purposely drugging the food to make you go insane. Well, even then it tastes fantastic.
- Shirou Emiya of Fate/stay night cooks to the degree that the Let's Play commentators are more turned on by Food Porn than the sex scenes. Much of which ties into his tutoring Sakura as a cook ... who he admits is probably better than him now. Then Rin gets her competitive streak fired up. And dammit, now I'm hungry.
- Umineko no Naku Koro ni has Magical Gohda Chef. Ronove as well. In The Stakes' Valentine's Day, Gohda is so impressed when Beelzebub gives him some of Ronove's chocolate that he immediately leaves for Belgium to train to be a better cook.
- Gohda shouldn't be left out either. There's a reason Beelzebub gave him the chocolate and it wasn't out of love; she wanted something good in return on White Day.
- Toyed with in Katawa Shoujo, which presents the whole range:
- Hisao Nakai, the protagonist, can find his way around a kitchen because his parents were always away at work and he had to make his own food.
- Hanako Ikezawa is a pretty good chef... but according to Lilly, she becomes dangerous if she starts experimenting.
- Lilly Satou herself is an interesting case of VN heroine (especially since she's a deconstruction of the "Perfect Lady" archetype) who's specifically described as a fairly good cook, but not an excellent one - she has a lot of experience and likes to cook for herself and her friends but she admits that there are some things a blind cook just can't do (or at least would take far too much effort to learn how to than they're worth).
- The real Supreme Chef of the game is, surprisingly enough, Genki Girl athlete Emi Ibarazaki (who appears to have inherited her mother Meiko's talent) - but she's also a health and fitness nut, so don't expect too many deep fried pork dishes or desserts. It's made clear that, realistically enough, Emi doesn't "hate tasty things" or somesuch - she actually understands how and how much people need to eat and cooks accordingly.
- Shizune Hakamichi, meanwhile, is as close as a very realistic game gets to a Lethal Chef (surprising, given that she's generally extremely talented at whatever else she does) - she doesn't even seem to understand the theory behind the food she cooks. Could be explained by the fact that she's filthy rich and may not have had to ever do much cooking herself. (She's seen freely ordering take-out at some point.)
- In Hatoful Boyfriend, pursuing a relationship with Dr. Shuu results in him sending the player character a lovely roast for Christmas dinner. Shuu later reveals that he murdered Yuuya, and asks how he tasted. Ho ho ho ho ho.
- Teruteru Hanamura from Super Dangan Ronpa 2 is a culinary arts master, and has this as his Super High-School talent. He prefers to be called "Chef" instead of "Cook" in his SHSL title because it sounds more sophisticated for him. Prior to the game's events, he makes a promise to his mother (who is an Ill Girl and a Workaholic) that he would take over his family's restaurant so he can establish himself as a great chef once he graduates.
- In True Love Junai Monogatari, Remi Himekawa turns out to be an excellent chef. If she and the MC have a date, she makes lunch for him. If he rescues her from a kidnapper, she will offer to cook for him as thanks — but they can end up having Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex instead.
- Dont Look It Sucks has Mandew, who can cook food so good, that it often takes on magical properties and can even come to life. One of the secondary characters is born this way.
- Girl Genius has a spark who specializes in making pies that alter people's mood when thrown at them.
- Jamie in Leftover Soup can turn Rice Crispies back into rice.
- Piffany in Nodwick can end wars with a brownie, and her cookies can tame Eldritch Abominations and even end quarrels among the gods themselves.
- In The Order of the Stick, the Token Evil Teammate Belkar is an astoundingly good chef. He's got skill points and feats based around cooking (he's a ranger/barbarian), and at one point he convinces a recurring villain to let him and Haley leave with Roy ( Well, his corpse, anyway) using a stew which he made using a demon roach to cook. Being who he is, he also threatens to cook people into his dishes, and even offers the Oracle the dish of his own lungs on a plate. And when Gannji says that his friend Enor is going to eat Roy's heart, Belkar suggests sautéing it in garlic first. His culinary skills are also used to track Vaarsuvius when s/he is sent to the Semi-Elemental Plane of Ranch Dressing.
- The three head chefs at Superhero School Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe. Phase should know. He grew up in a family so rich they kept two supreme chefs as their routine cooks, and as a result he has a palate which is amazingly sophisticated for a fourteen year old.
- If inanimate objects can count as Supreme Chefs, then SCP-458 (a pizza box that somehow spawns pizza and only pizza) counts as this.
- In an episode of Futurama, Lethal Chef (among other things!) Bender seeks out one of these to improve his skills.
- Parodied in that he actually wins an Iron Chef like contest against master chef Elzar apparently by spiking his food with LSD.
- Dexter's Laboratory has Dexter's mom, for whom it was revealed that the reason Dexter's dad married her was because of the muffins she makes. Apparently they are so good that he spends a whole episode descending into madness trying to steal the muffins instead of waiting for them to cool.
- In SpongeBob SquarePants, Spongebob is the ultimate frycook, even beating Neptune himself in a cook-off on one occasion.
- Though Jim, the Krusty Krab's previous fry cook is the Always Someone Better. Jim admits that Spongebob is a pretty good fry cook — but he'll only become a great one once he works up the nerve to get away from the Krusty Krab and Mr. Krabs.
- Digit from Cyberchase is a talented chef, and even had a cook-book published. He's so good, he knows how to reinflate a collapsed souffle.
- Canonically, Ron Stoppable from Kim Possible is a pretty good chef, especially compared to borderline Lethal Chef Kim. Fanon of course exaggerates both.
- Even though she's not stated outright to be this, Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic works as a baker/candy maker, and is pretty great at it.
- Also from the series in question: Cup and Carrot Cake, Gustave le Grand, Mulia Mild, and Donut Joe.
- In Disney's Recess, Vince LaSalle's such a great cook that he fed the entire school (Student and staff alike) with his dishes. He was even invited to study abroad in a cooking school in France but stayed behind,
- Greedy Smurf can cook almost as well as he can eat, and seeing as that's his job, it's a good thing that he fits this Trope.