|Let's get cookin'!|
— 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.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
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
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
Cook Kawasaki is the fifth opponent faced in the story mode of this game.
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Mass Attack
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 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.|
— 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
Kirby Star Allies
|“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
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:
- Having Kirby or another friend collect a Rare Picture Piece or a Power-Up Heart;
- Leaving Kawasaki behind and forcing him to Space Jump before the cooking can start;
- Unfriending Kawasaki.
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|
|Chef Kawasaki does a quick front strike with his ladle.||16|
↑ + 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)
Press and hold B, and then release
|Has the same effect as Cook Kirby's version.||N/A|
Press and hold B longer before releasing.
|Fullscreen hot soup attack.
||Damage is based on the distance (close/far) and the number of Friends put into 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:
Super Smash Bros. series
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
|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)!|
— 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.
- 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'.
- Chef Kawasaki was created by a HAL Laboratory designer who loves motorcycles, so he is named after Kawasaki motorcycles.
Sprite from Samurai Kirby in Kirby Super Star
Chef Kawasaki in Kirby Quest from Kirby Mass Attack
Chef Kawasaki's Figurine from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Names in other languages
chú shī chuān qí
|German||Koch Kawasaki||Cook Kawasaki|
|Spanish||Cocinero Kawasaki||Cook Kawasaki|