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Team Chef

The one member of the team who is most often shown cooking. May or may not be the only member who can cook, but is usually the absolute best cook in the team. May be, but not necessarily, a chef by profession. May be viewed as more important than The Hero or the Team Mom if separated from the team with either or both of those two, but this occurs only in more comical situations. Hilarity Ensues if this character is also a Lethal Chef.

May express friendship for his teammates in a non-romantic form of Through His Stomach.

Often overlaps with other character archetypes, with more humorous variations including the Big Guy and the Trickster. Compare Camp Cook and Supreme Chef.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Chang/006 from Cyborg 009. The anime version is a professional chef. And he loves using his fire-breathing power in the kitchen. This was so important to the team that the 2001 anime dedicated a whole episode to him and his cooking's impact on the group.
  • Pokémon:
    • Brock. Even humans find his Pokémon fodder quite appetizing. Even without his flirtatious exploits, this is the reason Brock is on the team after Tracey got his Greyhound ticket. Ash, being the major battler, isn't as keen on cooking as Brock, Misty doesn't like dredging up thoughts of her irresponsible sisters (that, and the one notorious incident had her getting carried away), Dawn's skills as a Coordinator (failures aside) as well as her budget don't leave much room for culinary discipline (though to be fair she compresses it well), and the less said about May's cooking, the better. There's also a really good reason Brock fell into the job so well, which he manages to put into amazingly tactful terms:
      May: Your mom must be a really good cook just like you, huh Brock?
      Brock: You know, she's more of a "get out and see the world" type, and not into that domestic thing. I can't remember the last time I had any of her cooking.
      Max: So why do you think you turned out to be such a super good chef?
      Brock: Well... guess everybody's gotta eat.
    • And now Cilan of Best Wishes is picking up the slack after Brock's permanently Put on a Bus. It helps that he came from a Gym which doubled as a café.
    • Serena is showing shades of this in Kalos. Even the Pokémon love her cookies.
    • Clemont took this role after Brock and Cilan's permanently Put on a Bus. He's a good cook and seems to enjoy it.
  • Diamond from Pokémon Special. He doesn't showcase his abilites very much and is more often seen eating, but he is very good at making high quality Poffins with difficult berry combinations. He also baked a pie to lift Platinum's spirits as he firmly believes that good food makes people happy. Earlier in the story he made tea and Old Gateau for her as well.
  • Sanji from One Piece is a gourmet chef as well as a very decent fighter, which is important considering the nature of many of his pirate crewmates. He fights using only his legs so that he can protect his "chef's hands". And Heaven help you if you either dislike his table service or waste food. On another note, Sanji has experienced firsthand what it is like to go hungry, and will never refuse to give food to anyone.
  • Mao from Chūka Ichiban! is a variation. In a Cooking Duel show where almost every main character and antagonist is a master chef, he is far and away the best of the lot. He's also the one who most often solves problems with his cooking as his lack of the complicated ancestral techniques most of his opponents bring to the arena forces him to pick up a talent for improvisation. He does have a superhuman sense of taste and eidetic recall of ingredients on his side, however.
  • Ranma ˝: Kasumi Tendō is the lifeline for her (mostly) halfwit extended family. Of the others, one is a Lethal Chef, one is too busy making money and the others just eat a lot.
  • Love Hina: Shinobu is the resident chef at the Hinata Apartments despite being one of the youngest.
  • Hidamari Sketch: Similarly, Hiro cooks for the residents of the Sunshine Apartments. It doesn't help her weight watching at all...
  • Fruits Basket: Tohru's arrival saves Yuki, Kyo and Shigure from a lifetime of takeout (not to mention being swamped by dirty dishes).
  • Hayate for the Wolkenritter in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, which almost gave the rookies a heart attack when they saw their Commander reprise that role during their trip to earth in the first Sound Stage of StrikerS
  • Makoto a.k.a. Jupiter in Sailor Moon, and she is actually good. She has to be, though, as her parents are dead and she lives alone. (How she supports herself is left unstated.)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji isn't explicitly stated as the only main character who can cook, but Fan Fiction likes to imply that. Of course, the only kitchen we see is "Chez Katsuragi", and she's definitely a Cordon Bleugh Chef with shades of Lethal Chef.
  • Akito is a secondary chef and a back-up mecha pilot in Martian Successor Nadesico but as he is the main character we see more of him than head chef Ms. How Mei, so he appears to be more the Team Chef than she does.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has Konoka, Chizuru and Satsuki. Also, Nagi Springfield's old team the Ala Rubra had Eishun (Konoka's father, interestingly).
  • Arata of Iono the Fanatics, who joined Iono's harem after she mistook the Sobame (Concubine) audition for a Sobaya (Soba chef) audition.
  • Sai Saici, the Neo Chinese fighter from Mobile Fighter G Gundam.
  • Rurouni Kenshin:
    • Kaoru's close friend Tae Sekihara. In fact, she has her own restaurant.
    • Same goes to her twin sister Sae.
  • Goei, Hakufu's mom in Ikki Tousen.
  • Kana from Kanamemo, replacing Yume—much to the delight of the rest of the team.
  • Reeves from Kurogane Communication.
  • Darker Than Black: Hei. Badass superpowered Anti-Hero ninja assassin Of Doom. And, according to the omake, really, really good cook.
  • In Junjou Romantica, Misaki is frequently seen cooking and is probably the only character who can cook, with Usami and Shinobu's incompetence reaching Lethal Chef proportions. (His sister-in-law comments that she feels shy about serving him dinner, since he's a better cook than she is...)
  • From Yotsunoha, Nono is the official Team Chef, making food to feed her friends including Yuzuki.
  • InuYasha: Kagome often cooks for her friends, and brought snacks from her own time. The only one not properly appreciative is Inu-Yasha, whose palate was ruined by over a century of having to live on whatever he could. Ramen and daikon radishes are all that he appreciates.
  • Hakkai in Saiyuki.
  • Jet Black of Cowboy Bebop, since Spike and Faye are too lazy to cook.
  • Rey of Saint Beast loves to cook and always takes control of the kitchen.
  • Persona 4: The Animation: Main Character Yu is the only person on the Investigation Team who regularly cooks, and is apparently a good chef.
  • The title Blue Exorcist Rin is this, of the Supreme Chef variety, mostly during the camping trip. Though the festival arc shows him being almost single-handedly responsible for his class's onigiri stand being so popular.

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    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Murdock from The A-Team seems to approach cooking the same way he approaches flying: with great skill and supreme disregard for conventions or common sense. Steaks seasoned with cordite and served with a side of antifreeze are a staple in his repertoire, and were apparently appreciated by the team. Also, his coconut curry tapenade with toast points is the only way to make B.A. calm down after being duped into flying.
  • Samwise and Bombur from the film versions of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, respectively.

    Literature 
  • The Eighth Doctor in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe. One character notes that he has an "almost maternal urge" to feed people, and he occasionally acts like a bit of a Single-Issue Wonk on the topic of things like parsley sauce. Not only does he express affection by cooking for people, he also manages to be a Jerkass via cooking. However, one of his companions is at least capable of throwing together non-lethal meals.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when Harry, Ron and Hermione are starting to get on each other's nerves after roaming Britain for a while, Ron complains about Hermione's cooking and she demands to know why she's the one who always ends up doing the cooking anyway.
  • Leo from The Heroes of Olympus is fills out this role. He uses his fire-powers to start a cooking fire and his Utility Belt of Holding can break out ingredients.
  • Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings, being a rather homey type.
  • Staff Sergeant Storm from The Thin Red Line.
  • Iggy from Maximum Ride, making the both the best food, and the best Explosives. Lethal Chef indeed.
  • Bistčque of the French Kid Detective novels Les Six Compagnons fills this role in the eponymous team.
  • Gong Su from Temeraire. He was originally a dragon chefnote  hired on to cook for Temeraire, but crept into the role of cooking for Temeraire's human crewmen as well by virtue of being the only one on the crew who's any good at it.
  • Long John Silver from any version of Treasure Island.
  • Kostas, in the Prince Roger series by David Weber and John Ringo, who becomes the head cook for the caravan of human marines and their Mardukian allies. He also counts as a Supreme Chef, for his ability to produce the most amazing meals out of swamp water and day-old atul. In We Few, the survivors use his recipes in the restaurant they open.
  • Polgara in The Belgariad and The Mallorean, to the extent that the other characters avoid disagreeing with her too much because she hangs over their heads the threat of eating cabbage soup all the way home if they annoy her. Fortunately, she is usually right, so this doesn't matter all that much.'
  • Sgt. Escrima in the Phule's Company series. Also a Supreme Chef and a Chef of Iron, who took his Legion name from his preferred fighting style (which he teaches to other company members, including the captain) and is quite physically and emotionally capable of hospitalizing would-be food critics.
  • Rita in the Dexter series. Dexter is not normally effusive, but heaps praise on her cooking.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer reveals her talents as a cook by making a surprisingly good Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Johnny "Drama" Chase on Entourage, who buys a condo just for the kitchen, and who is more upset than E when E's french press coffeemaker gets broken.
  • Monica in Friends, as the gang seem to eat dinner at her apartment almost every night. She's also a professional chef.
  • Corporal LeBeau in Hogan's Heroes is the resident chef, and either cooks as part of the current plans or just for dinner.
  • Neil on The Young Ones.
  • Lily on How I Met Your Mother.
  • Eliot Spencer from Leverage is the Team Chef and a lethal combatant, but isn't a LethalChef - in fact, it's commented on more than once that he's an exceptionally skilled cook. Granted, this doesn't mean that he can't use his food (or the implements used to make it) to deadly effect - in one episode, he kills a man with an appetizer (...maybe).
  • Much from Robin Hood - not that anyone ever appreciated it.
  • Super Sentai:
    • Genta/ShinkenGold from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger is the one we see doing most of the cooking aside from Mako/ShinkenPink the resident Lethal Chef. The rest of the Shikengers are the most frequent customers at his sushi cart. He actually is pretty boring cook, as many say his sushi is bland but edible enough, he dreams of getting two Michelin stars; and his curry rice is excellent but he wants to be a sushi seller alone.
    • Don/GokaiGreen from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger goes a step beyond with this trope and actually keeps his teammates' dietary information on hand, so that he can suitably alter their portions based on their needs. When Gai/GokaiSilver is added to the crew, he joins Don in this role and even improves on the recipes he's written.
  • Most Starships in Star Trek have a replicator in the galley that produces cooked food, but Star Trek: Voyager, having to conserve energy, has Neelix as an actual chef. Unfortunately for the crew, he is also a Cordon Bleugh Chef (he's not bad per se, but as an alien his tastes are quite different from the mostly human crew).
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's very own Captain Sisko cooks (but only when he feels like it), having been tasked to many duties at his father's restaurant as a boy. It is implied that his cooking is rather good (but one would suspect you basically have to be a friend or family to get a taste).
  • Star Trek: Enterprise has a chef, simply "Chef", because replicators were still quite crude at the time. This chef is never shown but often referred to. This is made fun of in the final episode where Commander Riker assumes the role of the chef in a simulation of the Enterprise, allowing the chef to be "shown" but as Riker playing his role.
  • James May on Top Gear, who seems to be the only one of the three with any interest in cooking.
  • Andy Botwin on Weeds, who even gets hired as a caterer on a porn set.
  • Mike Stoker on Emergency! was a frequent cook for the squad. Roy even got his wife mad saying he liked Mike's spaghetti over hers.
  • Bill Gannon tried to be this on Dragnet, but Friday quickly realized he was also a Cordon Bleugh Chef / Lethal Chef and steered clear of his creations as much as possible.

    Video Games 

    Web Comics 
  • Girl Genius: Chef from Master Payne's Traveling Heterodyne Show. Most of his cooking is used in the humourous, ballistic context, but he proves to be adept at knocking together meals for consumption too.
  • The Order of the Stick: Though he does not often cook for his team, Belkar has skill ranks in Profession (gourmet chef), and shows a master chef's prowess when called upon to do so.
  • Bud from Precocious, especially with baked goods. To the point that if you see one of the adults baking something delicious it's probably to his recipe.

    Web Original 
  • In JLA Watchtower and the DC Nation spin off, there are several: Joan Garrick and Matilda "Ma" Hunkle (JSA), Tara "Green Shield" Strong (Outsiders), and Aurora "Fauna" Andersen for the Titans. Green Shield credits cooking with her fascination with chemistry. Fauna takes it on because she is more comfortable in a kitchen than in a cape.
  • The pokecapn posse often eats food- usually some sort of cookie- made by MyNameIsKaz.

    Western Animation 
  • In Alvin and the Chipmunks, Theodore and Eleanor are usually the ones seen cooking. Though we rarely get any indication that they're cooking food for anyone other than themselves.
  • Monterrey Jack from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. Mind you, whatever he cooks is bound to have cheese in it. The other Rangers don't let Dale cook, and Gadget's cooking apparently tastes like machine oil.
  • Bender from Futurama — another Lethal Chef (literally, if you have a second helping).
  • Junko in Storm Hawks is the one most often shown cooking, although Piper can cook too. Mostly because Junko is a Lethal Chef, which makes for more humour.
  • Teen Titans: While all the main characters are shown cooking something at some point, Cyborg is the one shown cooking for the Teen Titans gang most often. Robin usually cooks for himself, no-one else wants to eat Beast Boy's vegetarian food or Starfire's alien food, and the less said about Raven's cooking, the better.
  • Greedy Smurf has this job among The Smurfs, and given the fact that he has to cook for a hundred, he does a pretty good job. In one episode, he got upset because no-one appreciated his work, and went on strike; the rest were quickly lost without him.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man: Sam takes over this role when the team temporarily moves into Peter's house.


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