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

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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  1. 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

    1. 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

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

        1. re: OCAnn

          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

          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. 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

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

            2. 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

                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

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


                  1. re: Davwud

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

                  1. re: Davwud

                    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

                      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. 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

                      Danny Aiello played Sal. The owner of the pizzeria.


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

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                      1. re: OCAnn

                        Thanks, but she's already on the list!

                      2. 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

                          That's what I was going to say:)

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

                          1. vic tayback, the cantankerous "mel" of the "mel's diner" tv series: http://www.geocities.com/classics4eve...

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

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                            1. re: alkapal

                              Both are on the list already, but thanks!

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

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                              1. re: Sloth

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

                              2. Terry(Brian Hall) on Fawlty Towers.

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                                1. re: Chimayo Joe

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

                                  1. Chef Brockett on Mister Roger's Neighborhood.

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                                    1. re: AmyH

                                      My childhood is calling...

                                      Did anyone mention the Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show?


                                      1. re: Justpaula

                                        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. 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

                                        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

                                          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/dat...

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

                                          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

                                            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

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

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

                                            2. re: alkapal

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

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                                          1. re: Louise

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


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

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                                            1. re: kobetobiko

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


                                            2. 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

                                                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

                                                  who's your geeky?!!

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

                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                    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

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

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

                                                  1. LL Cool J in Deep Blue Sea!!!

                                                    1. Don't forget Chef from Chef! (BBC)

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                                                      1. re: akq

                                                        Katerine Mayfair on Dsperate Housewives

                                                        Zach Braff in The Ex

                                                      2. 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

                                                          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.

                                                        2. 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.