Chef AU

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A Chef AU is a trope found in fanworks in which one or several characters work as cooks or chefs.

They can overlap with various other food-related alternate universe setups such as Bakery AU, Coffeeshop AU etc.

Specific subsets of the Chef AUs include "Top Chef" AUs, "Masterchef" AUs, "Iron Chef" AUs, Disney Movie "Ratatouille" AUs, food truck AUs etc.

Example Fanworks

The Avengers

  • The Foodieverse by copperbadge and blackglass, reena_jenkins, scifigrl47. 2013-?. Summary for Part 1: Steve Rogers just wanted to sell good, nourishing, cheap food from his food truck. Now the crazy fusion chefs from TOBRU are calling him a hipster, the avant garde restaurant "Shield" across the street has declared war on chains, and...well, then there's Thor, who thinks Steve's habit of licking food is weird.



  • With Abandon or Not At All by bewaretheides15, Jared/Jensen, 2011. Jensen's life was complicated enough when his biggest worry was what crazy color his best friend/roommate/ex-boyfriend/co-executive chef, Jared, was going to dye his hair this week. Then his dreams came true and, somehow, his life started falling apart. Now he's got an insane client to please, a career-making meal to cook, a hodge-podge kitchen staff to corral, embarrassing, half-naked pictures plastered all over the internet and maybe, somewhere in there, a love of his life to win back.
  • Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, by topaz119, Jared/Jensen, 2010. Summary: Texas in July is not exactly where Jensen Ackles has any desire to be, but a job's a job and interviewing Jared Padalecki, the most famous and successful winner of America's Next Celebrity Chef for Saveur magazine isn't something Jensen's going to turn down.


  • Nights 'Round the Table by rhosyn_du and mellow-dk, Merlin/Arthur & others, 2011. Summary: San Francisco Bay Area punk foodie AU. When Uther buys a culinary-focused TV station for his new bride, Catrina, it's up to Arthur to get it cable-ready. Unfortunately for everyone involved, Arthur's idea of haute cuisine is putting your pizza on a plate instead of eating it straight out of the box.

One Direction

Stargate Atlantis