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Could this really be the real 'Swedish Chef'?

There is a reasonable resemblance. His story certainly is interesting.


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  1. Too bad they didn't have a clip of him from when he was younger. Definitely interesting, though.

    1. as a real fan of the real muppet swedish chef, i'd venture that there's a very, very high probability that the human swedish chef is the real inspiration for the muppet!

      1. The photo for those who can't access it.

          1. Another goodie--The Swedish Chef and Jacques Roach. Dig his fabulous French accent, he is absolutely INDESTRUCTABLE and eats to win!

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            1. re: kattyeyes

              i love "eats to win"! LOL!!

              i'm happy youtube has soooo many swedish chef skits. i'd forgotten how he always says "BORK BORK BORK!"

              oh no! look at this! you can buy a coffee mug with any urban dictionary definition on it. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define...
              here is one of their definitions for "bork":

              >>>2. bork 389 up, 164 down
              Exclamation commonly used by muppet swedes.
              [usage, as in:] Bork bork bork.<<<

              you don't think he was being prophetic, though, meaning "bjork bjork bjork"? http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Björk (prior to this, i've never seen uncyclopedia ;-).

              and did you know the swedish chef's role in international software technology intrigue? http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/...

              1. re: alkapal

                Well, isn't this educational first thing in the morning! ;) I love Urban Dictionary. Check this out:

                Bork 18 up, 8 down
                1.) A corruption of the Swedish word for 'away'; used by the Swedish Chef when
                he throws objects into the air. (Adj.)

                2.) The corruption of english language to sound as if the Swedish Chef was
                saying it. (N.)

                3.) To change regular writing or speech into "Borked" language or speech. (V.)
                1.) "Bork, Bork, Bork!" (throws away ladle)

                It reminds me of that "tribute to the letter F" clip that was floating around about 10 years ago that praised such a versatile word because it could be used as a verb, a noun, and adjective, then went on to provide examples. Still funny!

                Bjork in her "Enjoy" red t-shirt is hysterical, by the way! And that is pretty funny about MSN!

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  did you read all the unclyclopedia entries? here's just one: "Björk was shöt by Dick Cheney while trying ön her cöstume för the 2ÖÖ6 Öscars and was unable tö attend."

                  1. re: alkapal

                    BTW, I loved the idea of getting any Urban Dictionary definition on a mug till I saw it was $20! It's cool and clever, but $20 for a coffee mug? GEEZ! Too bad, too, because I loved their definition of one of the expressions I hate the most. Something that became very popular to say in my workplace in 2005: "It is what it is."

            2. OK, now i know cakewrecks reads chow. look -- a "bork bork bork" entry in honor of the swedish chef! http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2009/0...

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              1. re: alkapal

                The picture wouldn't load for me--I could only see the "Cannibul Cake" beneath it. Bummer.

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  hmmmm. it's an imbedded youtube of the swedish chef making the cake -- the cake that talks back! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT_n__...

                  1. re: alkapal

                    AHA, now the cannibal cake makes sense! It ought to have EAT ME written across the top of its head (?) in frosting! ;)

              2. lars (the real swedish chef) has his own web page with photo galleries. here's a shot of some outdoor thing that he's catered: http://gallery1.kuprik.se/ those shrimp look pretty good. maybe a couple of us could polish off that side of the big pot o' food.

                he SINGS too! http://www.kuprik.se/larsbackmanputti...

                i'm still looking for some photos of a younger lars.
                trivia: http://community.livejournal.com/ohno...

                there was another "chef" on the muppet show -- from spain: pepe the king prawn. he had to give it up because he was almost mistaken for an appetizer. ba-dum-dum! http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Pepe_the...
                his autobiography is out now, "it's hard out here for a shrimp." http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/It%27s_H...

                1. American Public Television airs one of Sweden's popular TV chefs: Tina Nordström of New Scandinavian Cooking.
                  More info here: http://www.scandcook.com/default.asp?...

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                  1. re: Professional.Eater

                    you know we're talking about the inspiration/model for the muppets' swedish chef character, right?

                    1. re: alkapal

                      I know. Tina Nordström looks NOTHING like the REAL Swedish Chef...I mean, c'mon, she's blonde...and female, fergodssakes! ;) Maybe she says, "BORK! BORK! BORK!" What do I know?

                      1. re: kattyeyes

                        well, the swedes were notorious for sex change operations, right? but if they can reverse aging like this, i need to book a flight ASAP!

                  2. It sure looks like he was a role model for the part, despite what the guy from the Muppet Show is saying.

                    1. looky looky what i got for christmas! the swedish chef ornament. it has sound clips of the chef and the bandit lobsters, "VAMANOS!" ;-)). http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/st...

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                      1. re: alkapal

                        Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, alkasis! What a wonderful ornament! I totally love it--AND YOU, for sharing! Now I have to get to a Hallmark Gold Crown store quickly today before the skies fill with snow so I can have one, too. That is the best! Merry, Merry Christmas!!! And thank you again!

                        EDIT: Because of your tip above, I was able to call my local store, where a very nice woman just set aside THE LAST SWEDISH CHEF ORNAMENT for yours truly. So, Chef-lovers, if this is a must on your Christmas tree, check this store locator and see if our friend can join you this holiday season!!!

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          my niece Libby and i used to watch the muppets. i love the ornament, too.

                          merry Christmas to all you swedish chef fans. may your cookin' be good in the new year!