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This article is about the Game & Watch game. For the move used by Mr. Game & Watch in the Super Smash Bros. series, see Mr. Game & Watch § Chef. For a list of chefs in the Mario franchise, see Category:Chefs.
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game & Watch, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS
Release date Game & Watch:
Japan September 8, 1981
USA September 8, 1981
Nintendo DSi (DSiWare):
Japan July 29, 2009
USA March 22, 2010
Europe March 26, 2010
China December 2, 2010
Nintendo 3DS (eShop):
Japan June 6, 2011
USA June 6, 2011
Australia June 6, 2011
Europe July 7, 2011
Genre Puzzle
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
Mode(s) Single player
Game & Watch:
Nintendo DSi:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Game & Watch:
Nintendo DS:
Nintendo 3DS:

Chef is a Game & Watch game that is also found in Game & Watch Gallery 2 and Game & Watch Gallery 4. Its goal is to keep the food off the ground. If any food hits the ground, the player loses a life. When the player loses three lives, they receive a Game Over.

Classic Version[edit]

A chef paces back and forth in a kitchen, using his frying pan to keep three to four pieces of food airborne. If a piece of food ends up on the floor, a mouse will grab it and the player gets penalized with a miss. The cat at the left-hand side of the screen will occasionally grab the leftmost piece of food with a fork, only to keep it from falling to the ground. It is also the origin of Mr. Game & Watch's standard B Button move in the Super Smash Bros. series. At 200 and 500 points, any misses the player has will be erased.

Modern Version[edit]

The Modern Mode of Chef in Game & Watch Gallery 2

Princess Peach, who is holding a pan, has to feed Yoshi by cooking the food Mario and Luigi throw into the air. If the food hits Peach's pan, the player gets a point. If the food gets crispy, Peach may have to feed it to Yoshi; feeding Yoshi gains a few extra points, but if Yoshi eats any burnt food, he changes into a Baby Yoshi (referred to in the manual as a "Little Yoshi"). After Yoshi eats five pieces of cooked food, he lays an egg; after five more pieces of food are served to him, his egg will hatch into a Little Yoshi, which grows back up with five more feedings. If any piece of food goes on the floor, Peach will throw a fit and the player will receive a miss. On easy mode, only Luigi throws the food, and it goes straight up when it hits Peach's pan. On hard mode, both Mario Bros. throw the food, and it frequently flies off in angles when it hits her pan. At 200, 500, and 700 points, one of the Mario Bros. will toss a Heart for Peach to catch to remove a miss.

The food includes the following:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Steak
  • Sausage (Game & Watch Gallery 2 only)
  • Fish
  • Drumstick? (Game & Watch Gallery 2 only)
  • Lobster (Game & Watch Gallery 4 only)
  • Green bell pepper (Game & Watch Gallery 4 only)

The different foods that the Mario Bros. toss into the air each require a different number of flips before getting crispy (ex. eggs require about three flips to cook).

The Modern Mode of Chef in Game & Watch Gallery 4

The Modern version of Chef is remade in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance. Changes from the Game Boy Color version of the previous Modern Chef are as follows:

  • Thanks to the GBA's graphical capabilities, the sprites of Peach, Yoshi, and the Mario Brothers are now more consistent with the characters' official color schemes. Also, the Yoshi Egg, which was pink in the original game, has its color changed to green.
  • The kitchen is given a makeover: The windows are given gold curtains; the brickwork on the wall changes color from blue to gold; the countertop is missing the plates from the original; the base of the counter becomes gold and no longer looks like a cupboard, as it did originally; the floor, formerly brown, has its tiles recolored yellow and green; and the countertop, walls, and floor all have light from the wall sconces reflecting off of them.
  • The previous Modern version used eggs, fish, steak, and sausages as the flippable food. Game & Watch Gallery 4's Modern Chef uses bell peppers and lobsters as well, but sausages are no longer used there.
  • The background now changes with every 200 points the player racks up in-game. Peach will start off in the original kitchen, but after 200 points, the background will blur and then be changed into what looks like the princess's castle garden. After 200 more points are earned, the background changes back, and the pattern continues.
  • The background music cue has its percussion enhanced for the GBA, as is the case in all other Game & Watch Gallery series Modern games ported to Game & Watch Gallery 4.
  • Peach's exact reaction to when food falls to the floor and getting a miss has been altered: She now screams repeatedly before wincing, whereas originally, Peach proceeded to repeatedly stamp her foot on the ground in a fit of anger.
  • Similar to the other Game & Watch games included in the game, selecting Chef and waiting to actually start the game will have a humorous sequence play. In particular, Peach is standing next to Mario, who is sitting at a table and obviously waiting to be fed. She then flips various eggs to Mario, who eats them one by one, but then several more eggs fall down, and Peach ends up flipping them all over the table, with the quantity being such that Mario ends up buried underneath and overwhelmed before Yoshi comes in and eats them all. Afterwards, Yoshi takes Mario away.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears In Description
Chef ChefTrophy3DS.png ChefTrophyWiiU.png G&W Chef (09/1981) Back in the days of the Game & Watch and the early NES years, there were a lot of games with short and simple titles—and at just four letters and one syllable, Chef is a prime example. It's all about flipping food on a frying pan without dropping any on the floor. Whether any of that food ever actually gets served to customers is a mystery...

Blue indicates the trophy or description is exclusive to the Wii U version.


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