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Which fictional chefs (TV and movies) am I missing?

HungryHanh Nov 12, 2008 07:00 AM

So in honor of the premiere of "Top Chef: New York" today, I had made this photo gallery of my favorite Top Chefs from the world of TV and movies. I stuck with strictly fictional once since the real world of the celebrity chef/cook was just too unwieldy for me!


And then my friend pointed out I had missed the titular chef from "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover"! Argh! I remember being so traumatized from that film that perhaps I blanked it out.

The remainder of my list seems okay though. I tried to stick with those whose main function or job in the story/entertainment.

Am I missing any other obvious ones?

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    AMFM Apr 21, 2009 07:41 AM

    the soup nazi from seinfeld. not regular but very famous for his cooking. and george's dad was an army chef.

    the one girl on becker ran a lunch counter. didn't watch that show much.

    1. Bob W Apr 21, 2009 07:20 AM

      I think there was an episode of The Flintstones in which the family had a chef/housekeeper named "Lola Brickita" who made fabulous meatballs.

      This must have been in one of the later season either when Wilma was preggers or after Pebbles came along.

      Just dated myself, huh?

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      1. re: Bob W
        Bob W Apr 21, 2009 11:43 AM

        Probably the most beloved food-related Flintstones episode involved Fred and Barney buying the drive-in, which came with carhops "Charlie" and "Irving" and their famous song:

        "Here we come,
        on the run,
        With a burger on a bun,
        And a dab of cole slaw on the side..
        Your taste we will tickle,
        With a cold dill pickle,
        And all of our potatoes are french fried, fried, fried...
        Our burgers can't be beat,
        Cause we grind our own meat,
        Grind, grind, grind, grind, grind...
        And when you drive away,
        A tip upon our tray...
        We hope you're FINE FINE FINE FINE FINE,
        We hope you're FINE FINE FINE FINE FINE!

        Then there was Fred as the Gravelberry Pie King. Another classic.

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        akq Apr 19, 2009 08:05 PM

        Don't forget Chef from Chef! (BBC)

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        1. re: akq
          Sean Apr 20, 2009 09:08 AM

          Katerine Mayfair on Dsperate Housewives

          Zach Braff in The Ex

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          CorkyT74 Apr 19, 2009 04:14 PM

          LL Cool J in Deep Blue Sea!!!

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            javacan Nov 16, 2008 10:33 AM

            I didn't see Phil Hartman (RIP) as the anal retentive chef, from the good old days at SNL.

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              FriedClamFanatic Nov 15, 2008 07:02 PM

              You'll forgive me if I add a few, most whose names I forget AL of Happy Days and Mel of Mel's diner have already been metioned):

              The guy on "MacMillan and Wife" with Rock Hudson and Susan St. James. He was sort of an all-around guy, but with his face and humor, you gotta add him.

              Alice on "the Brady Bunch" who also played on the Bob Something show (Considine?)

              The Gal on "Wings" who ran the lunch counter and was one of the guy's girlfriend

              Not sure there was a true chef on "Fawlty Towers", but certainly the wait-staff figured in

              Did the girl, Stephanie, on the Bob Newhart Show cook as well as clean?

              Remember Roy Roger's sidekick with his Jeep ,Lulabelle? Didn't he do the cooking?

              Howabout Higgins on "Magnum PI"? I seem to remember some memorable meals on there that he did, usually if Agatha was coming to call.

              I'd probably also include Lucy for the famous chocolate scene and I think one of spaghetti.

              And the cook in "Gone with the Wind" was a central player, at least i think she was a cook.

              And the guy from MASH was in about 20% of the episodes

              And since we mention Julia Child, Dan Ackroyd's imitation on SNL was spectacular - and the immortal, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger!


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              1. re: FriedClamFanatic
                Fydeaux Nov 15, 2008 07:48 PM

                On 'Newhart', Stephanie barely did any housekeeping (even though that was her job) much less cook. But a guy named Kirk (I think) owned the Minuteman Cafe, later owned by Larry, Daryl, & Daryl.

                And on 'Happy Days', before Al, it was Arnold who owned the drive-in. Well after the shark was jumped, the drive-in was co-owned by Al and Fonzie.

                If anime characters count, you can include Jet Black from 'Cowboy Bebop', famous for his pepper steak.

                I would giess that the catering lady and the guy who owns the pizza parlor on 'Desperate Housewives' probably qualify also.

                1. re: Fydeaux
                  alkapal Nov 15, 2008 08:41 PM

                  who's your geeky?!!

                  fydeaux, you rightfully own the geeky title! ;-) knowing about kirk and the minuteman cafe! love bob newhart.

                  1. re: alkapal
                    Fydeaux Nov 16, 2008 09:18 AM

                    Mrs F & I love Bob Newhart too. We are determined that there will be moo goo gai pan on the Thanksgiving table this year!

                2. re: FriedClamFanatic
                  jmckee Apr 20, 2009 11:29 AM

                  I do remember the chef, Kurt, on Fawlty Towers, who fell in love with Manuel and got soused.

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                  kobetobiko Nov 15, 2008 06:02 PM

                  Soup Nazi from Seinfield
                  Nakayama Miho and Karasawa Toshiaki in Oishii Kankei

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                  1. re: kobetobiko
                    Davwud Nov 15, 2008 06:16 PM

                    Don't forget
                    Babu Bhatt (Brian George) from Seinfeld.


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                    Louise Nov 14, 2008 08:34 AM

                    John Belushi's Samurai Baker
                    Hannibal Lecter did some cooking too as I recall.

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                    1. re: Louise
                      Davwud Nov 15, 2008 08:02 AM

                      What about Danny Akroyd as the Greek cook at the burger place??
                      Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, fries, coke. No coke, pepsi!!


                      1. re: Davwud
                        KevinB Nov 16, 2008 10:02 AM

                        No fries! Chips?

                    2. Sloth Nov 14, 2008 08:10 AM

                      Just thought of another one. From the Sci-Fi show Eureka,
                      Chris Gauthier as Vincent, the owner of Cafe Diem. He prides himself on being able to make anything his customers ask for.

                      Yes, I am a geek.

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                      1. re: Sloth
                        Fydeaux Nov 14, 2008 08:47 AM

                        Also from the science fiction world, there was a Klingon chef who had a restaurant on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He was even shown serendaing his customers in one episode.

                        (I cant name the episodes in which he appeared. I'm a bit of a geek too, but I'm not THAT kind of geek.)

                        1. re: Fydeaux
                          alkapal Nov 15, 2008 02:55 AM

                          i'm the kind of geek who looks things up. i'll see your klingon chef


                          and raise you one ferengi bartender! the character who ran the bar in the deep space nine series was "quark". http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/database/ds9-characters.htm

                          and there was neelix..... http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Image:A_briefing_with_neelix.jpg

                          oh, and more trek "chef" information -- yes.....ALL of them (including the klingon). http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Chef

                          oh joy!

                          1. re: alkapal
                            Fydeaux Nov 15, 2008 07:49 AM

                            I bow to your superior geekiness!

                            I had completely forgotten that Sisco's father owned a restaurant, and a Creole restaurant at that!

                            Does the food replicator count as a chef?

                            1. re: Fydeaux
                              alkapal Nov 15, 2008 05:30 PM

                              now *that* is what i need: a food replicator!

                              but fydeaux, with the amazing internet, *anyone* can be a geek! ;-).

                            2. re: alkapal
                              jmckee Apr 20, 2009 10:47 AM

                              One more: Picard's sister-in-law, Marie, in "Family", one of my favorite episodes. Picard says, "Leave it to my brother to find the best cook in France...and MARRY her."

                        2. AmyH Nov 14, 2008 04:40 AM

                          Chef Brockett on Mister Roger's Neighborhood.

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                          1. re: AmyH
                            Justpaula Nov 14, 2008 08:11 AM

                            My childhood is calling...

                            Did anyone mention the Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show?


                            1. re: Justpaula
                              OCAnn Nov 14, 2008 08:57 AM

                              He's chef 39 of 43 on HungryHanh's list. Although I checked out the list, I called out Penelope Cruz's Brazilian chef Isabella Oliveira as missing when it was not.

                          2. alkapal Nov 14, 2008 03:30 AM

                            Adam on Northern Exposure

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                              Chimayo Joe Nov 13, 2008 09:50 AM

                              Terry(Brian Hall) on Fawlty Towers.

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                              1. re: Chimayo Joe
                                HungryHanh Nov 13, 2008 11:10 AM

                                Yes, I mustn't forget the Brits. Gareth was getting kind of lonely.

                              2. Sloth Nov 13, 2008 06:05 AM

                                Joan Crawford as Mildred Pierce. Best fried chicken in the state!

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                                1. re: Sloth
                                  Fydeaux Nov 13, 2008 02:35 PM

                                  Plus Aretha Franklin in the BLUES BROTHERS movie. She also served "the best fried chicken in the state!"

                                  1. re: Fydeaux
                                    Davwud Nov 13, 2008 03:54 PM

                                    Oh, good one!!


                                2. alkapal Nov 13, 2008 04:33 AM

                                  vic tayback, the cantankerous "mel" of the "mel's diner" tv series: http://www.geocities.com/classics4ever/alice/cast/tayback/vic.htm

                                  lenny henry as "chef" gareth blackstock http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108723/

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                                  1. re: alkapal
                                    HungryHanh Nov 13, 2008 11:03 AM

                                    Both are on the list already, but thanks!

                                  2. ChefJune Nov 12, 2008 11:11 AM

                                    Dan Ackroyd did Julia Child's favorite imitation of her on the "old" SNL. How could you leave him out?

                                    1. Sloth Nov 12, 2008 10:38 AM

                                      Admittedly scanned quickly, but did not see
                                      John Ventimigli – who played restaurant owner Artie Bucco on The Sopranos.

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                                      1. re: Sloth
                                        yamalam Nov 13, 2008 08:37 AM

                                        That's what I was going to say:)

                                      2. OCAnn Nov 12, 2008 10:18 AM

                                        Penelope Cruz as Brazilian chef Isabella Oliveira in Woman on Top.

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                                        1. re: OCAnn
                                          HungryHanh Nov 13, 2008 11:06 AM

                                          Thanks, but she's already on the list!

                                        2. Glencora Nov 12, 2008 09:05 AM

                                          Great list.

                                          You could add Gerard Depardieu in Last Holiday.

                                          Do the Right Thing has a lot of pizza-making going on. Don't remember who plays the chef.

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                                          1. re: Glencora
                                            Davwud Nov 12, 2008 09:19 AM

                                            Danny Aiello played Sal. The owner of the pizzeria.


                                            1. re: Davwud
                                              Glencora Nov 12, 2008 09:29 AM


                                          2. Davwud Nov 12, 2008 08:45 AM

                                            Lunch Lady Doris ~ The Simpsons

                                            Luigi Risotto ~ The Simpsons (Italian Restaurant Owner)

                                            Helen Chappel (Crystal Bernard) ~ Wings

                                            Corporal Louis LeBeau (Robert Clary) ~ Hogan's Heroes

                                            I don't know the names but there was the guy on MASH and the guy on Bonanza.


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                                            1. re: Davwud
                                              LindaWhit Nov 12, 2008 08:49 AM

                                              Hop Sing was the cook on Bonanza and Private Igor was the poor cook on M*A*S*H. :-)

                                              And even better - there's a cookbook with Private Igor's recipes - including cocktails - a must in any M*A*S*H cookbook!


                                              Some sample recipe names:

                                              * Hawkeye and Trapper's Swamp Spaghetti
                                              * Winchester's Upper Crusted Chicken
                                              * Hot Lips Tri-Tips
                                              * Pork Choppers with Barbeque Sauce
                                              * Stuffed Seoul
                                              * Radar's Teddy Bear Turkey Loaf
                                              * The Colonel's Kernel Stew
                                              * Toasted Tank Tuna
                                              * Hunnicut's Homesick Cookies
                                              * Intravenous Drip Dip

                                              1. re: LindaWhit
                                                Davwud Nov 12, 2008 08:55 AM

                                                If they're including coctails, how do they not have Hawkeye and Trapper's Bathtub Gin Martini??


                                                1. re: Davwud
                                                  LindaWhit Nov 12, 2008 11:02 AM

                                                  Perhaps they do! The reviews only listed a few drinkies, I think. ;-)

                                              2. re: Davwud
                                                Davwud Nov 12, 2008 09:01 AM

                                                Pvt. Igor Straminsky


                                                1. re: Davwud
                                                  HungryHanh Nov 13, 2008 11:06 AM

                                                  Some really good folks on that list (esp. Lunch Lady Doris!). I think at a later date I'm going to have to refresh the gallery with all these great suggestions and repost it.

                                                  1. re: HungryHanh
                                                    Davwud Nov 13, 2008 02:26 PM

                                                    I had forgotten LeBeau's first name so I googled it. I also didn't realize that before the war he was a chef. At least, his character was. I knew he cooked a lot on the show.


                                                2. OCAnn Nov 12, 2008 08:09 AM

                                                  You may want to check a few other threads that were related to movies & food:

                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/302328 -- Favorite Movies About Food?

                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/367292 -- MOVIES w/ food themes

                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/410154 -- Famous dishes from famous movies!

                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/409794 -- Best cooking/food themed movies?

                                                  And there's a dozen more if you do a search.

                                                  EDIT: Robert Irvine, formerly of Dinner Impossible, might be considered a fictional chef....

                                                  EDIT 2: Gerard Depardieu as Chef Didier in Last Holiday; Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina in Sabrina.

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                                                  1. re: OCAnn
                                                    HungryHanh Nov 13, 2008 11:07 AM

                                                    Hey, Robert Irvine is very real. Just because his resume wasn't ...

                                                  2. jfood Nov 12, 2008 07:30 AM

                                                    Two shows come to mind with minor chef roles:

                                                    1 - Happy Days with Al's
                                                    2 - Gilmore Girls with the mother's boyfriend owning a restaurant

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                                                    1. re: jfood
                                                      OCAnn Nov 12, 2008 08:01 AM

                                                      Happy Days reminds me of Laverne & Shirley. Laverne's dad Mr DeFazio had a pizzeria.

                                                      1. re: OCAnn
                                                        MrsT Nov 12, 2008 08:34 AM

                                                        That Happy Days also reminds me of Mork and Mindy---they had a friend who owned "The New York Deli" I think it was Jay Thomas who played that friend.

                                                        Another one: There was a Hillary Duff/Heather Locklear movie where Heather Locklear played a pastry chef/bakery worker.

                                                      2. re: jfood
                                                        Justpaula Nov 13, 2008 10:01 AM

                                                        More important on Gilmore Girls was Lorelei's best friend and the chef at the Inn, Sookie. She could rarely control her giddiness about food and the feasts she prepared were often central to her character's story line!

                                                        1. re: jfood
                                                          HungryHanh Nov 13, 2008 11:04 AM

                                                          Jeez, how could I forget Al?

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                                                          MrsT Nov 12, 2008 07:15 AM

                                                          Judy Graubart on the "Electric Company" did a wonderful parody of Julia Child --"Here's Cooking at You---with Julia Grownup"


                                                          There's also "The Anal Retentive Chef" from SNL

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