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"I don't want to shout at you. I want to batter you with a hard and jagged kitchen implement! I'm only restrained by the ludicrous liberal pinko laws that we've got in this country! In a sanely ordered, civilised society anyone found making runny mayonnaise would be tortured to death slowly in front of a warm applauding audience! Egg yolk, mustard, rescue it drop by drop!"
Gareth Blackstock, Chef! (1993)

A restaurant kitchen can be a very volatile, high-stress environment — the perfect breeding ground for the Angry Chefs. They are demanding, hostile, perfectionist chefs who are always angry and irate, and who have zero tolerance for their staff or customers deviating from their strict standards of what they think culinary perfection and/or managerial efficiency are in any way, shape or form. Typically European, but these characters don’t need to be; also often famous and renowned, with their behavior being tolerated because their food is that good. Might have a similarly angry, food-related catchphrase like "Get out of my kitchen!" or "No soup for you!"

A Stock Character in medieval literature, where he was usually drunk most of the time as well. In this case, it was usually the result of having to work all the time in the nasty, hot kitchen. However, this stereotype just as easily shows up in a variety of modern works. The Angry Chef can be anyone from characters in Cooking Stories, judges or participants on Cooking Shows, or simply proprietors or employees of restaurants the characters visit for an episode. One variation is for a typically nice character turn out to be an absolute beast in the kitchen.

In real life, one must keep in mind that a restaurant serves food, and improperly handled or prepared food can send people to the emergency room, kill them, or damage the reputation of the restaurant, at times simultaneously, so a good Chef has to have high standards not only for them but also their staff and enforce these standards strictly, which isn't always pleasant since few people love being chewed out. Fiction exaggerates this for humor, though.

Compare Evil Chef, contrast Sweet Baker. May be a Mean Boss if he takes it out on his staff. See also French Cuisine Is Haughty.

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  • Zhang Zi Yi once starred in a Visa ad where she is served a soup that is too salty for her, prompting the entire restaurant staff (especially the chef who feels very insulted) to gang up on her and resulting in a kungfu mayhem.note 

    Anime & Manga 
  • Food Wars!: Erina Nakiri starts out as one, almost always showing a disdainful expression and being very haughty and bossy. Says a lot that, during the stagiare period, she took over the kitchen from another angry chef by outmatching him on this. Much of this is due to her father's upbringing. Thankfully, she later grows out of this, due to having a Jerkass Realization when she learns that Soma is the son of the chef she always admired (and up to that point, she had actively antagonized him). Some other examples include Roland Chapelle, known as "The Chef who never smiles", and Nene Kinokuni, sixth seat of the Elite Ten Council and who is even more of an Ice Queen than Erina was at first.
  • Gregory Horror Show: The aptly named Hell's Chef is something of a hothead, becoming enraged if someone criticises his cooking.
  • One Piece: The floating restaurant Baratie hires staff that have been kicked out of everywhere else, usually because they keep getting into fights. As a consequence, it is filled to the brim with angry chefs. The frequent brawls within the restaurant are actually a customer attraction!

    Comic Books 
  • If you ask for California rolls or mix your wasabi with soy sauce, Jiro from Get Jiro! will not hesitate to kill you.

    Comic Strips 
  • Beetle Bailey: Cookie can throw temper tantrums when people don't appreciate his cooking (which is terrible, though he thinks the opposite). It used to be a Running Gag that he ends up angrily sitting up on the roof. One time, he throws an absolute fit when Sarge says his food could use more salt, and Sarge ends up having to sit on him to be able to eat the food instead of having his destroy it in shame.

    Fan Works 
  • Naru-Hina Chronicles Mini-sodes: During a dinner at the Hyuga residence, Naruto asks for salt at one point. This turns out to be a mistake, as the Hyuga Clan's chef shows up and does an angry rant over it while holding a kitchen knife:
    Chef: [to Naruto] Who wants salt?! You want salt?! You don't like my cooking?! I've been chef for forty years, you think you can do better?!
  • Triptych Continuum: In Naked Lunch, the protagonist concludes that the griffon he's talking with is a professional cook, and doesn't play the usual dominance games that griffons usually do because he's spent so long being screamed at by head chefs that he just automatically places himself at the bottom of whatever pecking order he happens to be in until the day he'll have his own kitchen and be the one doing the screaming for a change.

    Films — Animation 
  • Beauty and the Beast: The enchanted stove has only one line, but it's enough to establish his personality. When Belle refuses to come to dinner, he complains that he has cooked and slaved for nothing.
  • The Emperor's New Groove: The Chef at Mudka's Meat Hut angrily quits his job after taking various complaints from Kuzco and Yzma and leaving all of the work up to Kronk, thinking that he wanted a "special order" too.
    Kronk: Hey, pal, what's your policy on making special orders?
    Chef: Alright, buster, that's it! You want a special order, then you make it! I QUIT! You know, I try and I try, but there's just no respect for anyone with vision! That— that's it! There's just nothing I can do about it!
  • The Little Mermaid (Disney): Chef Louis is the palace chef to Prince Eric, and seems no worse than eccentric as he sings "Les Poissons" while preparing stuffed crab as an entree. However, once Sebastian the crab does everything he can to stay alive (starting with pinching Louis' nose), all of Louis' sanity goes out the window, and his Unstoppable Rage obliterates the palace kitchen.
  • The unnamed chef in MIgration qualifies as both this and Evil Chef, as while he isn't chasing the duck main characters trying to kill them to make into "Duck l'Orange," he combines perfectionism in his kitchen with a Hair-Trigger Temper that instills a quivering fear in all of the sous-chefs. It's hinted that his staff puts up with his rage only because he's famous and highly successful and thus a boost to their own careers. He also gets increasingly frustrated at his failure to capture and kill the ducks until he's reduced to a screaming mess by the movie's climax.
  • Ratatouille:
    • Skinner is a diminutive, bad-tempered head chef frequently shown barking orders to his employees.
    • Colette is a fierce, bad-tempered woman who wants to work her way up in the kitchen. Since the job is male-dominated, she believes she has to be twice as tough to get to the top. She eventually softens up to Linguini.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Babe: Pig in the City: During the film's climax, one of the chefs in the ballroom's kitchen tries to physically restrain Esme when she barges in to reclaim her missing pig and kidnaps Babe to presumably cook him, not caring that he's her pet.
  • Burnt: Deconstructed. Despite his skill, Adam Jones's bad temper and drug problem tank his mentor Jean-Luc's restaurant entirely. By the end, Adam realizes that, while he thrived in the fast-paced, volatile environment of the kitchen until he didn't, he has to change the way he runs the kitchen.
  • Caddyshack: After Al calls the dining room at Bushwood's food "low-grade dog food", the chef is so outraged that he grabs a cleaver and tries to go after him. The sous-chefs end up having to restrain him.
  • The Founder: The McDonald Brothers. While some of their grievances could be seen as legitimate, most of the time they act hostile and contrarian for no particular reason.
  • Le Gentleman d'Epsom: Gaspard Ripeux's Establishing Character Moment is him berating his staff for not delivering an outstanding service. Even funnier, this is shot from "The Commandant" and Charly's point of view and we only see Ripeux miming his anger with cartoonish sounds. Par for the course since he was played by Louis de Funès.
  • Sextette: Dan comes across the world summit's chef furious over all the foreign food he has to serve. Dan tries to cool his temper with a friendly chat but ends up whipping him into a murderous rage by offhandedly mentioning that he likes hamburger.
  • S.O.B. has got one of these. When a car gets crashed into and left in his kitchen, the chef attacks the car (instead of its driver) with a meat cleaver while cursing incoherently.
  • Wet Hot American Summer: The camp cook, Gene Jenkinson, is incredibly short-tempered and constantly lashes out at his Beleaguered Assistant Gary. Justified in that he's a shell-shocked Vietnam Vet.

  • Airborn: Chef Vlad is notable for his short fuse: he's a genius chef but is easily set off on angry rants when things don't go his way. His outbursts are fairly justified on occasion — in Skybreaker, the second novel, he's reintroduced while bodily throwing a waiter out of his kitchen after he caught the latter dipping his fingers in the food — but he's sometimes set off by more... questionable... matters — in Starclimber, he says he had to quit his job in a Parisian restaurant after he set the French president's tie on fire due to a disagreement regarding proper ways to make a glaze.
  • Catskin: The cook is abusive to Catskin as a Scullery Maid, even after she marries the young lord.
    "What! you dirty impudent slut," said the cook, "you go among all the fine lords and ladies with your filthy catskin? A fine figure you'd cut!" and with that she took a basin of water and dashed it into Catskin's face.
  • "The Chaplet", by Saki, exaggerates this with Chef Aristide Saucourt. When diners ignore his painstakingly researched and meticulously prepared masterpiece of haute cuisine in favour of the musical accompaniment, he goes berserk and drowns the violinist in a soup tureen.
  • Jeeves and Wooster: Anatole is a very good chef who is nonetheless temperamental and easily upset if he feels his food is not being appreciated.
  • Nina Tanleven: The Ghost Wore Gray features Dieter Schwartz, the short and hot-tempered cook at the Quackadoodle Inn, who treats his food “as an artist treats his paintings” and is furious when the man he asked to help inadvertently ruined a pot of cream sauce, to the extent of throwing knives at the man. He also flips out when dust gets in the air from Mr. Tanleven making a hole in the wall in his kitchen — sure, the space that was revealed as a result has historic value, but Dieter doesn’t care about that, he wants people to stay out of his kitchen while he’s trying to cook. Fortunately, he’s better-tempered around people who aren't causing him trouble, like Nine and Chris.
  • The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: Without exception, cooks have foul tempers and rule their kitchens with iron fists. Kitchen aides can expect a rough time and a great many clouts around the ears from a ladle if they don't work fast enough for the chef's satisfaction. Some have hearts of gold under all the shouting, but others are just bad through and through (with the former being fat, while the latter are thin).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Alice (1976): Mel Sharples is the owner/operator of Mel's Diner, a greasy-spoon truck stop grill in Phoenix, Arizona. Mel is the sole kitchen staff, with Bad Boss, Jerkass, and The Scrooge tendencies. Some of the show's humor focuses on Mel's cost-cutting measures.
  • Chef! (1993) has Gareth Blackstock. While talented, Blackstock is arrogant, tyrannical, and is often rude to employees, friends, and family members.
  • Dead Like Me: Angus Cook was the line cook at Der Waffle Haus who fell into tough times involving a pyramid scheme where he lost everything and left him a very unhappy man. He refused to bend over backwards to customer complaints about the food he prepared and passed this philosophy along to Rube who reaped him and subsequently took over in the kitchen. Incidentally, Angus stuck around to coach Rube in the kitchen passing on his philosophy that the cook shouldn't bow to the demands of the customer. When Rube caught on, only then did Angus pass on.
  • The Good Place: Invoked and subverted. Chef Patricia conforms to this stereotype by seemingly being abrasive, irritable, and a complete perfectionist — yet when Michael asks her to change the seating chart for an additional guest, she agrees immediately, because this being The Good Place, everything is working perfectly. She was also a demon putting on an act.
  • Gordon Ramsay built his public reputation as a Drill Sergeant Nasty with a Hair-Trigger Temper on shows like Ramsay's Boiling Point, Hell's Kitchen, and Kitchen Nightmares as he calls out chefs and cooks over sloppy cooking, unhygienic kitchens, and general unprofessional behavior. He combines this with a loud voice and salty mouth to berate others until they either leave, get fired, or learn to meet his exacting standards. He subverts this in shows where he's not in professional kitchen environments, preferring to be friendly (and paternal if children are participating) and quiet while being humble to new learning opportunities. The salty mouth, however, has no real off switch — even if his mother is in the vicinity.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: "The Dirty Fork" sketch has Mungo the chef (John Cleese) going after two customers with a butcher knife after they complain about said dirty cutlery. "No, Mungo! Not again!"
  • The Muppets (2015): The Swedish Chef is known for his bad temper and constant tantrums aggravated by his Gratuitous Foreign Language.
  • Replacing Chef Chico:
    • Chico, the head chef at Hain, has high standards and a temper that is particularly short when these standards are not met. Part of it is because he has a chip on his shoulder from his older brothers being successful businessmen.
    • Will from the second episode is a renowned celebrity chef who goes off on a tirade about the supposedly subpar food Hain has served him. His wife graciously lets the staff know that the food is fine, and his temper is due to suffering from Alzheimer's.
  • Samurai Gourmet: In the episode "The White-Haired Knight", Takeshi Kasumi goes to a yakitori restaurant with a grumpy chef. An American couple puts sauce on their yakiori, triggering the chef's temper.
  • Seinfeld's Yev Kassem, known as the Soup Nazi. He's a draconian soup chef who demands that all customers follow his precise orders to the letter — if they don't, he outright bans them from the place.
    Jerry: The guy who runs the place is a little temperamental, especially about the ordering procedure. He's secretly referred to as the Soup Nazi.
    Elaine: Why? What happens if you don't order right?
    Jerry: He yells and you don't get your soup.
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: When Chef Paolo quits the very day a famous food critic is coming to the Tipton, Cody steps up to become the new chef, while his friends and family become the staff. In the process, he spends the time shouting at them, insulting their cooking, and forcing them to work harder and harder. Fittingly, this episode was named Heck's Kitchen.
  • Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: Played with. At the beginning of the series, the camp cook, Jonas Jurgenson, is incredibly kind and mild-mannered, and is played by the same actor who played the angry chef in the original film. Turns out that Jonas just is an assumed identity of Gene Jenkinson, and once he is reminded of his past identity as Gene the Vietnam vet, he transforms back into the angry chef we remember from the original movie.
  • Roseanne: Roseanne Conner from the later seasons, when she is working at the Lanford Lunchbox diner. She is frequently snarky and sarcastic to the customers.
    Roseanne: Can I help you?
    Customer: Uh, yeah. Which is better, the tuna salad or the egg salad?
    Roseanne: Tuna salad... egg salad... chicken salad... turkey salad... shrimp salad. What difference does it make? It's all just different words for mayonnaise. Pick one.
  • Oh My Ghostess: Chef Sun Woo is harsh to his chefs even causing Bong Sun to cry and after a particularly icy, but not unjustified, berating caused her to quit. He does at least snap at customers if they try to blame his chefs for things that are out of their control and will take an employee to the back porch to finish yelling at them if he notices he's gaining an audience.
  • Gentefied: Chris's boss and the executive chef at the posh restaurant Mangia, Chef Austin, is an irate, bad-tempered man who frequently yells at his employees for the most minor of infractions. He's also a racist. By contrast, Chris's mom-and-pop taco shop is warmer and friendlier.
  • Good Eats: The Mad French Chef, who is sometimes said to be Alton's former culinary school teacher. He's used to represent conventional ways of cooking, and/or the restaurant industry.

  • RecD: Exaggerated in "Baking the Wondertart": Chef Saltbaker explains that the reason he turned evil is that the residents of his island were overworking him by constantly demanding him to bake for them, even at night. He became so enraged that he plotted to gain the unfathomable power of the astral plane so he could shred them up into a paste and reform the entire island.
    I have toiled
    But this island's spoiled!
    My fury BOILS
    They will know the way it feels
    To be treated like a meal
    When they DROWN!

    Video Games 
  • Campfire Cat Cafe & Snack Bar: Played with. Baker Mario has a perpetually angry expression and shouts everything he says. However, his dialogue indicates that, rather than hating his job, he's actually very serious and passionate about it.
  • Chrono Trigger: The Master of Cooks in the Guardia Castle in the Middle Ages has a rather nasty temper, and can often be seen quarreling with his brother, the Knight Commander. In the Present, a woman who is implied to be his descendant runs the kitchens, and her husband comments that the temper runs in the family.
  • Fallout: New Vegas has Phillipe, the head chef of the White Glove Society who on top of being a cannibal that's preparing to serve up a person is also a foul-mouthed asshole who's quick to yell at anyone in his vicinity. With a sufficient enough Medicine score, the Courier can psychoanalyze him by stating that his anger stems from Psychological Projection, at which point he goes on an angry rant about his wretched childhood that makes him depressed, causing him to run off and cry.
  • Haunt the House: Terrortown: The Chef character on the cruise ship has a permanent, exaggerated scowl, even as a ghost.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
  • Pizza Tower: Peppino Spaghetti, a pizza chef, fluctuates between Unstoppable Rage and being a Nervous Wreck. He's clearly highly stressed over having to travel through the danger-filled tower, or the threat of his restaurant being closed, or both, and vents that fear by getting angry enough to smash through enemies. Though as you can see in the ending Boss Rush, he spent the whole game only merely angry; having to fight every boss again makes him go screamingly berserk and replaces his regular attacks with brutal HP-shredding beatdowns.
  • Overcooked!: In the first, your Taunt Button causes your chef to spew a cloud of Grawlix while angry-sounding simlish plays. Since it's your only taunt button, it seems to imply your chefs are pretty grumpy.

  • Gourmet Hound: There are a few contenders for this title among the cast, which is largely made up of chefs and bakers, but Madeleine has the best claim so far. Hostile, touchy, aggressive, perfectionist, and workaholic, she alienates those around her and makes even her friends worry that she might work her kitchen staff (or herself!) to death.
  • The Mulberry Gallows Project: One of the main characters is Angry Chef, who is a perpetually angry chef.
  • Subnormality: In comic 424, the waitress describes the restaurant's cook as a huge skinhead with a hair-trigger temper and a tendency to headbutt people and throw kitchen appliances at waiters who get on his nerves.

    Western Animation 
  • The Angry Beavers: In "Fat Chance", Norbert hires a snobby, ill-tempered chef to cook rich, fattening foods for Daggett, who ends up storming off when the latter criticizes his cooking.
  • Archer: Lance Casteau from "Live and Let Dine" runs an exclusive New York restaurant and also stars in the aptly named reality show "Bastard Chef". Some of his rudeness is justified as his staff has been replaced by the ISIS crew, who have no culinary experience or skill, but he spends more time berating them and playing up to the camera than he does preparing the evening's meals.
  • Danny Phantom: The Lunch Lady Ghost gets really ticked off when people change her menus.
  • Hotel Transylvania: The Series:
    • Quasimodo shows shades of being this in the episode "Breakfast at Lydia's", where he throws a tantrum and quits as head chef of the hotel when Mavis asks for a pinch of salt to go with her ghoulash.
    • Gerome also fits this trope as well, considering himself an "artiste" and refusing to make the same dish twice for this reason.
  • Total Drama: Chef Hatchet is a Scary Black Man with a Hair-Trigger Temper who cooks inedible meals and spends most of his time terrorizing the other campers.


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Giovanni Goose

One of Bucky Beaver's friends is Giovanni Goose, a world-famous chef with a temper as short as his neck is long. He's already yelling at Bucky even when he needs his help, let alone if you fail to help him.

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