Cook These Recipes Inspired By 5 Video Game Chefs We Adore

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Video games can make us really, really hungry. From the rustic stews cooked up in the wilds of Hyrule to the drool-worthy dishes served up at Galdin Quay, food is an important staple in video games and is often the subject of side quests and mini-games.  If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to make some of those amazing looking dishes from games, there are plenty of adventurous chefs looking to give the megabite-sized recipes a go. Check out these five video game gastronomes and learn how to make some of their favorite dishes!

Improv Chef Link – Legend of Zelda


Link will throw just about anything into a cook pot to see if it is edible and, more often than not, his concoctions come out as dubiously edible plates of mush, but when he gets things right, his open fire and wok cooking can produce some delicious-looking food. Link can whip up everything from entrées like Veggie Rice Balls and Prime Meat Curry to Breakfast Omelettes and he can even bake amazing looking desserts. How he does this in a wok is beyond me (it must be Hylian magic at work), but if you want to try out a few of these recipes, Andrew Rea, of the YouTube channel Binging with Babish, has a fantastic video that includes Link’s Mushroom Risotto, baked apples, and extremely-fragrant monster cake.

Master Baker Toriel – Undertale


Undertale tells the story of a young child who falls into the underground world of monsters and must find a way home. One of the first monsters you meet is a  kindly, mother-figure named Toriel who does her best to encourage you to stay forever and to make you feel more at home, Toriel bakes you a Butterscotch-Cinnamon Pie that sounds absolutely heavenly. Sugary-sweet Rosanna Pansino, of Nerdy Nummies, is well known for her interpretations of geek culture foods and in the video below, she describes how you can make the delightful pudding pie at home.

Chauffeur/Chef Ignis – Final Fantasy XV

When Ignis Scientia isn’t driving around Eos or defending his future king from rampaging behemoths and mechanics in booty shorts, he is an accomplished chef who can recreate and improve on any dish he tastes. His menu trends towards Japanese comfort food and diner-style fare, but you can catch him making some strange delights like Moist Tomato Cake and Moogle Mousse with Kupoberry Sauce. RPG Cooking’s video not only provides a detailed recipe on how to recreate Ignis’s Fried Rookie on Rice, but also gives you a little background on Ignis’s friendship with Prince Noctis over the years.

Chef [Insert name Here] – Stardew Valley


Stardew Valley offers you a million different things to do from making friends to farming to mining to (of course) cooking.  Many of the recipes you can learn will come from the friends you make in town, so every time you cook a dish you can be reminded of the person who taught it to you. The Maple Bars featured on Chiodini’s Kitchen come from The Queen of Sauce television show that airs on Sundays in-game. These bars give you a big boost to health and energy and can sell for 300 gold (an exorbitant amount of money for such a simple dish, but who am I to judge the fine folks of Stardew Valley for their addiction to the nutrition bars). Follow along with  Chiodini’s video to whip up some delicious and lucrative treats!

Chef Mama – Cooking Mama

Ok, we can’t make a list of fun video game chefs without mentioning one of the mother of all cooking games:  Cooking Mama! This adorable game was first released in 2006 and has since seen several more titles added to the series. Each challenge in the game was a different recipe and would take you through the steps of preparing a dish. Curious to see how accurate Mama’s instructions were, GameTim decided to try making her Omurice (Omelette with Rice) dish. This is basically an omelette filled with rice and topped with ketchup (which sound like the perfect breakfast after a long night out). You can learn how the to make Omurice by watching GameTim ‘s video below!

What are some of your favorite in-game snacks? Which would you love to know how to make? Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to tune into Game Engine on Twitch and Alpha for more video game goodness every Tuesday starting at 4PM PT.


Hailing from New York, Jessica Fisher is a writer, artist, and all around geek. In addition to Geek & Sundry, she writes for and produces the  Gameosity Reviews Youtube Channel. Find her talking about all things geeky on Twitter as  @miniktty.

Image Credits: Nintendo, Toby Fox, SQUARE ENIX, Chucklefish

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