Chef Kawasaki

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Chef Kawasaki
Chef Kawasaki Spirit.png
Artwork of Chef Kawasaki from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Debut game Kirby Super Star (1996)
Latest game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Other game(s) Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES)
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (Quick Draw)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (as a Sticker)
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack (Kirby Quest)
Kirby's Return to Dream Land (as a boss in Scope Shot)
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (as a Figurine)
Kirby Star Allies
Copy Ability Cook
Similar to Cookin
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Quote1.png Let's get cookin'! Quote2.png
— Chef Kawasaki Sticker caption in Super Kirby Clash

Chef Kawasaki, also known as Cook Kawasaki, 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[edit]

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Kirby Super Star Ultra sprite

In Kirby Super Star and its enhanced remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Chef Kawasaki (Cook Kawasaki in the original game) 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[edit]

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, Cook Kawasaki appears again in MG-5.

Kirby's Super Star Stacker[edit]

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

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Quote1.png “Chef Kawasaki has a busy schedule, so he's only appearing in this game as a figurine. He rarely uses his frying pan and ladle to do any real cooking. He finds they actually work better as weapons. Quote2.png
— Figurine description for Chef Kawasaki, 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 Battle Royale[edit]

KBR Flagball Animated.gif
Small sequence from a Flagball round, showing the Chef Kawasaki illustration.

While not appearing in Kirby Battle Royale himself, a illustration of him appears in the background of Flagball, presumably advertising his food.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Artwork of allied Chef Kawasaki from Kirby Star Allies.
Quote1.png “Extreme feast? Eep! I’ll get cooking!”
This chef goes on the hunt for ingredients beyond the edge of the world! He senses great deliciousness and must control his hunger until his culinary quest is done!
— Guest Star Chef Kawasaki Flavor Attack Pause Screen description in 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
(Star Bullet=52)
Chef Kawasaki does a quick front strike with his ladle. 16
Up Ladle
↑ + B
Chef Kawasaki does a quick up strike with his ladle. 16
Dash + B in midair
Chef Kawasaki throws 3 parabolic pieces of plateware. 16 (1st hit)
8 (2nd/3rd hit)
  • Actual damage is 32 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:
  • 76/48 (0 Friends in the pot)
  • 84/56 (1 Friend in the pot)
  • 88/60 (2 Friends in the pot)
  • 92/64 (3 Friends in the pot)

Damage is not affected by the multiplayer modifier.


In Kirby Star Allies Chef Kawasaki can be found in the following levels and stages:

Chef Kawasaki locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Gardens Xmark.png Falluna Moon Xmark.png
Donut Dome Xmark.png Planet Misteen Xmark.png
Honey Hill Xmark.png Mareen Moon Xmark.png
Fruity Forest Xmark.png Planet Caverna Yescheck.png
Clash at Castle Dedede Xmark.png Grott Moon Xmark.png
Extra Eclair Xmark.png Planet Frostak Xmark.png
Friendly Field Xmark.png Blizzno Moon Xmark.png
Reef Resort Yescheck.png Planet Towara Xmark.png
Echo's Edge Xmark.png Gabbel Moon Xmark.png
Nature's Navel Xmark.png Star Lavadom Yescheck.png
Sacred Square Xmark.png Sizzlai Moon Xmark.png
Inside Islands Xmark.png Jambandra Base Xmark.png
Duplex Dream Yescheck.png The Divine Terminus Xmark.png
Gatehouse Road Xmark.png Extra Planet α Yescheck.png
Eastern Wall Xmark.png Extra Planet β Xmark.png
Longview Corridor Xmark.png Extra Planet γ Xmark.png
Western Outer Wall Xmark.png Extra Planet δ Yescheck.png
Inner Sanctum Xmark.png Ability Planet Yescheck.png
Heavenly Hall Xmark.png Dimension I Yescheck.png
Sector A Xmark.png Dimension II Xmark.png
Sector B Yescheck.png Dimension III Xmark.png
Sector C Xmark.png Dimension IV Xmark.png
Planet Earthfall Xmark.png

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

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[edit]

Chef Kawasaki in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Quote1.png He grabs opponents using his long ladle and mixes them into a pot! The unlucky opponent will continue to take damage as the chef cooks up health recovery items. You can then use his food to recover your health (just don't think about the recipe)! Quote2.png
— Super Smash Bros. Ultimate official blog

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.


Artwork of Kawasaki in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
Main article: Chef Kawasaki (anime character)

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'.



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コックカワサキ
Kokku Kawasaki
Cook 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.
German Koch Kawasaki Cook Kawasaki
Korean 쿡 카와사키
Kuk Kawasaki
Cook Kawasaki
Spanish Cocinero Kawasaki Cook Kawasaki