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Nov 12, 2008 07:00 AM

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:

   -- Favorite Movies About Food?

   -- MOVIES w/ food themes

   -- Famous dishes from famous movies!

   -- 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.