This is really mean cuisine!Many years ago, in a far-off kingdom, a king asked of his subjects: "Which is stronger, fried duck or stewed tofu?" Most of his servants thought he'd gone off the deep end, and summarily ignored him. But one mysterious stranger, bearing a magic card known as a "Meal Ticket," understood him completely... and with his magic, he brought the king's dinner to life. They became creatures known as Foodons, and to this day, aspiring chefs work their hardest at preparing the best meals... for battle.Cut to the present day. Chase and his sister Kayla are the children of the legendary chef Jack. Unfortunately, it seems like his cooking skills don't necessarily run in the family. Now a group known as the Gluttons has imprisoned Jack due to his dangerous cooking abilities. After managing to bust his father out from their jail, Chase begins to realize that he has what it takes to be a great chef—so he sets out on his own adventure, even though the Gluttons, especially Perky Female Minion Clawdia, vow revenge.All of this would probably come across as a horrible rip-off of Pokémon—if the show took itself with an iota of seriousness. However, it deliberately plays everything—from the concept to the characters—with as much over-the-topness as possible, making the whole affair come off as parodic. While it was not originally a very big hit, the show gained a cult following over the years for being... well, for being itself, pretty much. Not surprisingly, it uses (and abuses) pretty much every Food Trope in the cookbook.Originally known as Martial Arts Cooking Legend Bistro-Recipe in Japan. And it was one of 4Kids Entertainment's premiere anime on the Fox Box when they took over Fox Kids.Has a character sheet heavily in the WIP Stage.
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Beefsteak in episode 1 and Doughnasour in episode in episode 11... they even look similar perhaps unintentional.Tatertons could also count though its smaller than both of the example above.
Badass: There are many in this series, Fried-Ricer, Sizzler, Sir Dumpling, Boulder Broth, Rap Scallion, Taquito And Shrimp Stompura are noteable examples.
Badass Adorable: So Friggin' many! Omelet, Doughnut-So, Puddington, the Meatballs, the list goes on.
Even Evil Has Standards: When Oslo is thrown against a wall while captured by the Gormandizers is later seen in a cage with a cold ice pack on his hurt back. The Meatballs couldn't have gotten it, so the Gormandizers must have.
Fantastic Racism: Dusty Town's populace treats foodons as slaves, and the creatures are forced to crack a smile while they do their labor or get kicked around. It gets so bad it sparks rebellion from Tacquito. It's also this reason that the populace are suspicious of Chase and Co.
Multiple Head Case: The Chowderheads; one talks like John F. Kennedy, the other talks like Joe Pesci, it actually was intended to be very destructive, but it acts like a comic relief character. They are both so dysfunctional that they always end up fighting each other.
Oh Crap: in one episode Shrimp Stompura gives this when he tries to tackle Fried-Ricer, who grabs him and does a pile diver. As they come down there is a close up shot of both of them. Shrimp Stompura is waving his arms wildly and has inverted eyes.
The Rival: But of (main) course. Albert is certainly everything a shonen rival usually is in his first appearance: Cocky, smarmy, and begging to be taken down a notch. However, he actually does get taken down a notch in the episode after he's introduced after learning his rival is the son of his idol, and becomes a nicer sort of foil. Also Coco at first.
Kayla: How we gonna get it out of here? Chase: The window! Kayla: There is no window! Chase: There is now!
Turtle Power: The Foodon that transforms Cinnamonkey back to normal.
Villain Song: If You Scare Then We're The Reason sung perhaps by Slice and Le Toast in episode 4.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Sgt. Marinara was last seen on the sea-based Glutton food lab where Pie Tin's parents were held. After Chef Jack blew up the lab, no mention of him was made again. It is possible that Marinara died in the explosion, but considering American networks frown on the idea of death unless it serves as a life lesson, Marinara's, and to a lesser extent, Shrimp Stompura's fate remains ambiguous to the viewers
Hot Doggone-It, one of Chase's Foodons, appears to have vanished after the ramen contest of episode 17.
Widget Series: If it were any more widgety, you could install it in Opera.