Cook is a Copy Ability which debuted in Kirby Super Star and later returned in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby Super Star Ultra, and Kirby Star Allies. It allows Kirby to force all enemies and projectiles present on screen into a large golden cauldron and cook them to produce food to replenish the strength of himself and his friends. Cook is a single-use ability, typically provided by absorbing the defeated mid-boss Chef Kawasaki, and it will automatically defeat any regular enemy on screen when it is used. In Kirby Star Allies, the ability can also be used (harmlessly) on Kirby's allies, and will produce a specific food item based on what "ingredients" go in.
When Kirby gains the Cook ability, he is given a white chef's hat (with a small star on the side in Kirby Star Allies) until he finishes using the ability. Cook Kirby is misnamed as Chef Kirby in the Kirby: Triple Deluxe keychain and the Kirby's Dream Buffet Character Treat. The actual "Chef" Kirby refers to his role in the Kirby Café merchandise, which is not the same as the Copy Ability.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Cook was introduced in Kirby Super Star, where it is obtained from Chef Kawasaki. When the ability is activated, all other gameplay stops and an animated scene begins with Kirby conjuring a large gold colored pot. The pot pulls inside all enemies and their projectiles that are on-screen, then Kirby seasons and stirs the ingredients in the pot as the brazier underneath is lit. After a moment, Kirby will raise his arms indicating completion and a number of food items equal to the number of enemies that went in will pop out. After using the Cook ability once, Kirby returns to his regular state.
Kirby cannot produce a helper using this Copy Ability.
|Cook moveset in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra|
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Cook is largely the same as in Kirby Super Star, but is now obtained from Cookin, being the first regular enemy in the series which provides the ability. Which food items come out of the cauldron now depend on the type of each potted enemy, as follows:
Regular enemies (1 life bar)
Large enemies (3 life bars)
Mid-Bosses (all life bars)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies
Cook returns as an ability in Kirby Star Allies. It is still a single use ability for Kirby, but now he can charge his cook attack into a powerful move hitting everything on screen called Souper Supper. One notable addition to Cook in this game is that while Kirby is cooking, he hums to himself, humming one of two different short tunes based on his charge level; the longer charge uses the classic Kirby Dance melody, though Kirby's humming is a bit off-key, as appropriate for him.
- Main article: Chef Kawasaki#Kirby Star Allies
Unlike in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby can call Chef Kawasaki as an ally from the Cook ability. Unlike Kirby, Chef Kawasaki has unlimited use of the Cook Pot and Souper Supper attacks, though they do come with a cooldown. In addition, Kawasaki has other attacks such as using plates and his soup ladle as weapons.
|Cook moveset in Kirby Star Allies|
|Kirby summons his cook pot to pull every common enemy and defeated body of a Mid-Boss on the screen into it. This has no effect on Bosses. Kirby is invincible during the whole cooking process.
When the cooking is finished, everything put into his pot will pop out as Food instead, and Kirby's Cook ability disappears. If there is nothing to put into the pot, Kirby won't use up his Cook ability.
|In addition to cooking, Kirby launches a huge stream of hot soup from his pot. This is a fullscreen attack which can deal massive damage to even bosses. Same with Cook Pot, Kirby's Cook ability disappears when Souper Supper is used.
||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.
Friends in vicinity during Cook Pot
|A special Friend Ability with a single use for Kirby and infinite uses (with a cooldown timer) for Chef Kawasaki. Any Friends that hop into the pot during the Cook Pot move will be replaced with additional Food items.||N/A|
Friends in vicinity during Souper Supper
|A more powerful variant of the previous Friend Ability. Friends that hop into the pot will drop additional Food items, but also launched out with great force as hot soup splashes everywhere.||
Food items from Friends and enemies
When cooked in Kirby Star Allies, each enemy, Friend and Dream Friend drops a corresponding Food item that aligns with their characteristics.
|Puppet Waddle Dee||Strawberry shortcake (normal)|
|Key Dee||Bananas||Key Dee is yellow-colored by default and somewhat resembles a monkey.|
|Bronto Burt||Roast chicken||Bronto Burt is a flying enemy.|
|Grizzo||Omurice||Grizzo's yellow color and red pattern resemble omurice with ketchup.|
|Cappy||Pudding||Cappy's shape is somewhat similar to pudding.|
|Two Face||Cherries||Two Face switches between two different faces, like there are two cherries.|
|Glunk||Sushi||Glunk is an aquatic enemy.|
|Blipper||Sushi||Blipper is an aquatic enemy.|
|Mamatee||Sushi||Mamatee is an aquatic enemy.|
|Coner||Sushi||Coner is an aquatic enemy.|
|Squishy||Takoyaki||Takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack typically filled with octopus.|
|Big Kabu||French bread|
|Scarfy||Orange||Scarfy is orange-colored by default.|
|Mr. Frosty||Chocolate ice cream||Defeated Mid-Boss body only.|
|Noddy||Milk (baby bottle)|
|Bouncy||Ice cream (cone)||Bouncy is shaped like an ice cream cone.|
|Nruff||Roast chicken||Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards version meat is only available from Al Fresco.|
|Propeller||Melon||Propeller is green-colored in the official artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2.|
|Walky||Pudding||Walky resembles a pudding somehow.|
|Gabon||Milk (baby bottle)|
|Chip||Bananas||Chip is yellow-colored by default.|
|Floaty the Cell Core||Pudding|
|Blizzard Guard||Chocolate ice cream|
|Sizzle Guard||Hot dog|
|Jambeliever||Macaron||Jambeliever looks like a macaron in their outfit.|
|Whispy Woods apples||Any of the following fruits:
||Ironically, apple food is not present in Kirby Star Allies.|
|Yggy Woods cherries||Cherries|
|Juniors of Pon & Con or Goldon & Silvox||Random|
|Recruitable enemies, Dream Friends and Friends|
|Kirby||Melons (namely watermelons) are one of Kirby's favorite foods in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Melons are also common in Kirby Mass Attack.|
|King Dedede||Roast chicken||King Dedede is a bird-like creature.|
|Meta Knight||Coffee||Meta Knight is often seen drinking coffee in official merchandise.|
|Bandana Waddle Dee||Strawberry shortcake (normal)||This is a reference to Bandana Waddle Dee craving for cake in Kirby Battle Royale.|
|Rick||Carrot||Carrots are common food for pet hamsters.|
|Kine||Sushi||Kine is a fish.|
|Coo||Roast chicken||In several main menu cutscenes of Kirby Star Allies, Chef Kawasaki looks at Coo or Birdon and chases the bird friends, implying he wants to cook them.|
|Gooey||Ice cream cone||Could be a reference to how Gooey likes to lick things.|
|Marx||French bread||Marx's shoes resemble French bread.|
|Adeleine & Ribbon||Sandwich (rectangle)||While sandwiches are usually triangular in the Kirby series, Adeleine eats a rectangular sandwich during a cutscene in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.|
|Dark Meta Knight||Coffee||Same as Meta Knight.|
|Daroach||Strawberry shortcake (Kirby: Squeak Squad version)||This specific strawberry shortcake is involved in the plot of Kirby: Squeak Squad.|
|Magolor||Fried eggs||Magolor has been referred to as egg-shaped by official tweets.|
|Taranza||Melon||This could reference the fact that Melon is the codename of Team Kirby Clash and Team Kirby Clash Deluxe.|
|Susie||Gem Apple sorbet||Ice cream is Susie's favorite food. This sorbet has a piece of Gem Apple, which was mentioned in one article on the Japanese Team Kirby Clash Deluxe website.|
|Francisca||Cream soda||The same food will pop out when she is released from Void Termina's First Core (Phase 2) in Story Mode.|
|Flamberge||Hot dog||The same food will pop out when she is released from Void Termina's First Core (Phase 2) in Story Mode.|
|Zan Partizanne||Pudding||The same food will pop out when she is released from Void Termina's First Core (Phase 2) in Story Mode.|
|Poppy Bros. Jr.||Milk (baby bottle)|
|Waddle Doo||Fried eggs||Fried eggs resemble eyes. In Japanese, they are called 目玉焼き, which literally means "fried eyeballs".|
|Parasol Waddle Dee||Watermelon slice||A watermelon slice is shaped like a parasol.|
|Sir Kibble||Bananas||Sir Kibble is yellow-colored by default.|
|Blade Knight||Green pepper||Blade Knight is green-colored by default.|
|Chilly||Chocolate ice cream|
|Bonkers||Bananas||Bananas are Bonkers' favorite food.|
|Burning Leo||Hot dog|
|Birdon||Roast chicken||In several main menu cutscenes of Kirby Star Allies, Chef Kawasaki looks at Coo or Birdon and chases the bird friends, implying he wants to cook them.|
|Bio Spark||Sushi||Bio Spark is a ninja and sushi is Japanese food.|
|Gim||Donut||The donut resembles a yo-yo somehow.|
|Como||Fried eggs||Fried eggs resemble eyes. In Japanese, they are called 目玉焼き, which literally means "fried eyeballs".|
|Plugg||Cream soda||The soda is green in Kirby Star Allies.|
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Cook Kirby is the Final Smash of Kirby in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where nearby characters get sucked up into a pot and are cooked. After he is done, the fighters sucked in and some health restoring food are released, with the fighters being shot out after taking heavy damage. This Final Smash is not particularly good for scoring KOs, but it is a good way for Kirby to recover health while damaging his opponents at the same time. It is also possible for Kirby to produce other items from the pot besides recovery food, such as Superspicy Curry or bombs.
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
|“||That little Star Warrior...has a smoking topspin back hand!||”|
— Meta Knight regarding Cook Kirby's skill
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Cook Kirby makes a fairly large number of appearances, with the ability typically being obtained when Kirby inhales Chef Kawasaki's frying pan. Unlike in the games, Cook is a more fleshed-out and permanent power in the show, as Kirby gains the ability to conjure food from nothing, battle with his frying pan, make said pan grow giant to catch large monsters, and even deflect fire beams using it. Despite these additions, the ability's finishing blow still typically involves Kirby cooking his opponent into a delectable dish which, if not enjoyed by the other characters, is left as a snack for Kirby himself to gulp down.
Despite the ability's power, Cook Kirby is not always successful against his foes. The first example of Cook failing comes from the episode A Spice Odyssey, where Cook Kirby is unable to overpower the chef monster Monsieur Goan and eventually loses the ability. The second failure is against Heavy Lobster in Combat Kirby, as this robotic being cannot be cooked despite its resemblance to a culinary delicacy.
|Kirby Super Star||When Kirby needs an energy boost, cook up some "gourmet enemy soup." Cook is a one course meal.|
|Kirby & The Amazing Mirror||Cook your enemies into a nutritious and delicious snack! This trick only works once before it goes away!|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||What's on today's menu? Put all your foes in the pot and stew them to perfection!|
|Kirby Star Allies||A long-lost technique is rediscovered! Combine different ingredients to whip up all kinds of dishes. Chuck in a friend or two, let it simmer, serve, and voilà! For a little extra spice, hold the button longer to bring it to a boil and boom! Massive damage.|
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
|Name||Image||Appears in||American English description||British English dscription|
|Cook Kirby||Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Kirby in chef's garb. When Kirby throws on his chef's hat, a giant pot appears in the center of the screen. All characters, items, and even long-distance weapons are sucked into the pot. Once they've simmered a bit, food items equal to the number of things in the pot appear. Characters in the mix get blasted straight up out of the pot.||Kirby in chef's garb. When Kirby throws on his chef's hat, a giant pot appears in the center of the screen. Characters, items, and even long-distance weapons are sucked into the pot. Once they've simmered a bit, food items equal to the number of things in the pot appear. Characters in the mix get blasted straight up out of the pot.|
Kirby Super Star manual
- "Kirby cooks up an enemy. (One-shot ability)"
Kirby Super Star Ultra manual
- "Cook all of your enemies on screen into recovery items."
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring Cook Kirby
Banner from the Kirby Personality Quiz
Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Cook
Names in other languages
|Brazilian Portuguese||Cozinheiro (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, The Meal Moocher)
Mestre-cuca (Kirby's Dream Buffet Character Treat)