Zess T.

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Zess T.
Sprite of Zess T.
Species Toad
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
“Want me to cook something for you, Clumsy Crush-a-lot?”
Zess T., Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Zess T. about to give Mario a dish

Zess T. is a grumpy, fifty-five-year-old Toad chef in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door who resides in Rogueport. Her name is a pun on the word "zesty", which, in a way, describes her personality, as well as being a reference to her cooking skills. Like Tayce T., she is an expert at cooking, and even featured a similar backstory involving cakes and a deceased husband. Unlike Tayce T., however, her personality is the polar opposite; she has a sour attitude and is very mean and grumpy, calling Mario names and keeping a mean expression on her face. Her attitude is similar to Dyllis.

Zess T. looking for her missing Contact Lens

Mario first comes across her as she is searching for her missing Contact Lens; after Mario accidentally steps on it and crushes it, Zess T. refuses to allow him into Rogueport's West Side until he buys her a new one. Even after he does, Zess T. still harbors a bit of a grudge, referring to him as names such as "Stompy" or "Sir Stomps-on-Stuff". However, Wonky implies that she does ultimately have a bit of a soft spot for Mario since he mentions when describing Couple's Cake that, due to it reminding her of her deceased husband, she rarely bakes the cake unless someone really wins her favor.

Her cooking is limited to one item at a time until Mario finds Maitre Delish's Cookbook hidden in a back room of Creepy Steeple. After completing this task, she is able to cook two items into one.

When Mario throws Zess Dynamite at enemies in battle, it summons a ghostly image of a fierce-looking Zess T. as it causes a massive explosion, dealing 7 points of damage to all enemies.


  • "That's Zess T., a super-skilled Toad chef. With the right ingredients, she can make ANYTHING! She's like a kitchen magician! I am like, a TOTAL klutz in the kitchen, so I really respect a chef's touch."


Main article: List of Zess T. recipes

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ナンシー
French Marie-T. Play on "Maïté", a well-known TV presenter of culinary shows in France.
German Racle T. Pun on "raclette", a type of cheese
Italian Chef Champignon Mushroom Chef (champignon is the French word for mushroom)
Spanish T. Nancy Aunt Nancy


  • According to an RDM issue Mario receives via e-mail, Zess T. is fifty-five years old in the game. Additionally, another RDM issue claims Zess T. and Toadsworth became romantically involved during his stay in Rogueport. However, this is never mentioned outside of the e-mail.
  • Wonky implies that she is Tayce T.'s sister, which also makes her The Master's sister.
  • Zess T. shares her Japanese name with Raini.