Chef Kawasaki

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Chef Kawasaki
Chef Kawasaki Spirit.png
Artwork of Chef Kawasaki from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Details
Debut Game Kirby Super Star
Latest Game Kirby Star Allies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Other Game(s) Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby's Super Star Stacker
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (Quick Draw)
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack (Kirby Quest)
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (as a Figurine)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (as a Sticker)
Copy Ability Cook
Similar to Cookin
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Chef Kawaski is a Mid-Boss in the Kirby series and a character in the anime series based on it, Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. When defeated in the games, he grants the Cook Copy Ability, although in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime, he supplies this through his frying pan. Little is known about his origins.

Game Appearances

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra

ChefkawasakiKSSU.png
Kirby Super Star Ultra sprite

In Kirby Super Star and its enhanced remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Chef Kawasaki is one of the Mid-Bosses fought repeatedly throughout the game. He attacks Kirby either by extending his frying pan towards him, briefly cooking and thus harming him if he manages to catch him, or by tossing either one or three plates, which can be inhaled and spat back at him. When swallowed after his defeat, Chef Kawasaki grants Kirby the rare Cook ability, and is the only creature in the game to do so.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

The chef makes a brief appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 3 as the operator of the mini-game in Iceberg (known as What was that sound?) that Kirby needs to win in order to acquire a Heart Star. The mini-game involves Kawasaki hitting a Gordo with his frying pan, which makes a unique sound when hit. Kirby then has to pick the Gordo that makes the exact same sound from a group of them that falls down.

Naturally, Chef Kawasaki appears again in MG-5.

Kirby's Super Star Stacker

Chef Kawasaki is the fifth opponent faced in the story mode of this game.

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

In Nightmare in Dream Land, Kawasaki is the third opponent faced by Kirby in the Quick Draw Sub-Game, attacking with his pan.

Kirby Mass Attack

Chef Kawasaki appears in the Sub-Game Kirby Quest, in Chapter 1 - Stage 7. He has 100 HP and when defeated, will drop a Maxim Tomato on the Kirbys.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Kawasaki himself does not appear in this title. In the Sub-Game Scope Shot however, a giant robot modeled after Chef Kawasaki is battled in Level 2. Its attacks are largely based on various food items, as well as attempting to defend with its frying pan and ladle.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Chef Kawasaki makes two appearances in this game. The first is a cameo in the 19th Secret Diary page, and the other is as a collectable figurine.

Kirby Star Allies

Artwork of allied Chef Kawasaki from Kirby Star Allies.

Chef Kawasaki appears in Kirby Star Allies, providing the Cook ability like before, and being recruitable as a Friend. This marks his first 3-D appearance in the series.

As a Mid-Boss, Chef Kawasaki has largely the same attack patterns he had before. However, he has been made much larger, now roughly three Kirbys tall instead of only two. Once defeated, he can be recruited as a Friend by tossing a Friend Heart at him, which will cause him to shrink considerably in size.

As a Friend, Chef Kawasaki has an expanded move-set compared to Cook Kirby, and can use the Cook Pot and Souper Supper moves without losing the ability, though there is a cooldown timer on these moves to prevent their overuse.

The cooldown requires:

Additionally in the lobbies of The Ultimate Choice, the Cook Pot and Souper Supper moves do nothing and the cooldown timer freezes to prevent further abuse.

When Kawasaki pulls out his pot, it is possible to cancel his attack before the cooking sequence starts by:

This immediately removes all enemies from the screen, but provides no food and does not cause the cooldown timer to appear.

Chef Kawasaki moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
Ladle
B
Chef Kawasaki does a quick front strike with his ladle. 160
Up Ladle
↑ + B
Chef Kawasaki does a quick up strike with his ladle. 160
Plateware
Dash + B in midair
Chef Kawasaki throws 3 parabolic pieces of plateware. 160 (1st hit)
80 (2nd/3rd hit)
  • Actual damage is 320 if full hits landed.
Cook Pot
Press and hold B, and then release
Has the same effect as Cook Kirby's version. N/A
  • Can only put common enemies and mid-boss bodies into the pot; no effect on bosses.
Souper Supper
Press and hold B longer before releasing.
Fullscreen hot soup attack.
  • Less powerful than Cook Kirby's version.
  • While the soup does Sizzle-element damage (e.g. can burn grass), it cannot share the Sizzle element to allies.
Damage is based on the distance (close/far) and the number of Friends put into the pot:
  • 760/480 (0 Friend in the pot)
  • 840/560 (1 Friend in the pot)
  • 880/600 (2 Friends in the pot)
  • 920/640 (3 Friends in the pot)

Damage is not affected by the multiplayer modifier.

Reference: A Star Bullet deals 52 damage.

Super Smash Bros. series

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Chef Kawasaki made a minor cameo appearance as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which took from his artwork from Kirby Super Star. Equipping this sticker in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary boosts the fighter's launch resistance.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Chef Kawasaki in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Chef Kawasaki appears as a new Assist Trophy. He can throw his plateware as projectiles. He can also grab fighters with his ladle, put them into his pot and cook them, dealing them damage and producing food items in the process. Given that Kirby's Final Smash in Brawl was Cook Kirby, this can be seen as a reappearance of that move, though now on the character whom it originated from.

Chef Kawasaki also appears as a spirit. He is an ace-class support spirit who causes the host fighter to gain increased stats for a while after eating food. He is obtainable in World of Light.

Anime

Artwork of Kawasaki in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.

Chef Kawasaki appears as a prominent character in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, where he is the town cook. While generally kind and obliging, he is usually portrayed as a very bad cook, with Kirby being the only resident of Cappy Town who likes his food. He does have many regular customers, however, as he runs the only restaurant in town.

In the English dub, Chef Kawasaki is portrayed with a lisp, substituting 's' sounds with 'th'.

Trivia

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コックカワサキ
Kokku Kawasaki
Chef Kawasaki
  • The Japanese term コック is borrowed from kok in Dutch/Danish, which means "cook/chef".
Chinese 厨师川崎 (chs)
廚師川崎 (cht)
chú shī chuān qí
Chef Kawasaki
  • 川崎 is how Kawasaki is written in kanji.
Spanish Cocinero Kawasaki Cook Kawasaki

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