For various reasons I see no reason to expand upon, I was thinking about this today and thought it might make for an interesting thread.
So we are clear, I am only interested in characters who are NOT professional chefs but whose culinary acumen is nonetheless a frequent story point. So no character who cooks for a living is eligible.
The first character who comes to mind is Robert B Parker’s Spenser. He is the reason I used the word “cook” rather than “chef” in the subject line, by the way, as he notes in an early novel that his cooking is really on the level of a skilled housewife and says that calling him a gourmet chef is sexist.
Speaking of Spenser brings to mind Avery Brooks, who played Hawk in the TV series. While that character could not cook, Brooks’s starring role in Star Trek: DS9 , Captain Sisko, was easily as good or better a cook as the aforementioned detective. (Incidentally, Sisko’s father does not qualify for this thread, as he was an actual professional chef.)
Anybody want to name some names?