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Chef Shimi is a Cheep Cheep chef who works on the Excess Express in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. As such, Shimi is in charge of preparing all the meals for the train's upscale passengers. His first language is "Cheep-Cheep", so he often uses the wrong words when talking to non-Cheep Cheeps (e.g. "You shaved my life!"). He also often speaks in exaggerated metaphors and avoids any kind of abbreviations. The latter is likely because of his insecurity in using the human language.
Mario first meets Chef Shimi after boarding the Excess Express, where he assumes the role of a detective to deduce who stole Shimi's pot of stew. Following a trail of spilled stew, Mario discovers the identity of the culprit. The pot of stew was stolen by none other than Heff T., an overweight, gluttonous Toad. Mario returns the pot to Shimi, who rewards the "detective" with a Star Piece.
After leaving Riverside Station, Chef Shimi states he is preparing evening meals using mushrooms picked from Riverside Station, although Mario's partner questions if these mushrooms are safe to eat.
On the third day, Chef Shimi, along with the passengers, is absorbed into a hoard of Smorgs that attack the train. Mario defeats the Smorgs, causing them to blow away in the wind, thus releasing Shimi and the others.
Chef Shimi later posts a trouble in the Trouble Center. For a special meal, he needs a Mystic Egg, a Golden Leaf and a Keel Mango. For that trouble, Mario must get the Mystic Egg by playing with Petuni, collect the Golden Leaf behind the Creepy Steeple, and acquire the Keel Mango from a tree in Keelhaul Key. He must then board the Excess Express to bring the ingredients to Shimi for his reward.
Chef Shimi's name comes from a shortening of "sashimi," the Japanese name for a type of a raw fish dish. Chef Shimi is stated to be quite good at cooking by characters such as the waitress, although it's a minor running joke in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door that he is unable to cook with anything but Mushrooms. (He seems, however, oblivious to this, greatly hyping up seemingly repetitive dishes such as the "Mushroom Full Course".)
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