Chef - Traits

You once were a chef, the king of food. Either you were an artisan chef with a fine sense of taste, a master chef who knows dozens on dozens of recipes by heart, or a cook at the mess hall, serving food quickly and on the double. You understand that food has a voice; it can express moods with the right combinations of ingredients, or bring people together with a peaceful meal. What brought you out of the kitchen? A rare ingredient? Maybe your upper chef decided it was time for you to go? Or, maybe, you wanted to go on an adventure to diversify you recipe book? Regardless on why you decided to change pace from your culinary solitude, your cooking and food handling skills will prove vital to an adventuring party. You may even find food where most people don't!

Chef - Brigade de Cuisine

Skill Proficiencies: Insight, Performance
Languages: Choice
Tool Proficiencies: Cook's Utensils
Equipment: A mess kit, a bottle of cooking oil, three recipe books, a tinderbox, an iron pot, a pouch of spices, a set of fine clothes, and a belt pouch containing 15 GP.

A Tasteful Sentiment

You can use food to communicate more than just good flavor; you can produce intellectually meaningful dishes which can send a message, however simple and abstract. At the GM's discretion, (Preferably based on how the player describes what they do to send a message) you may make Persuasion, Deception, and even Intimidation attempts by simply feeding a person a meal, or by preparing it in front of them. You may also treat public preparation of food as a Performance.

(For example, in an attempt to persuade a peace between two nations, you may prepare a dish which incorporates both cultures' cuisines in a creative and enjoyable way and then serve it to the negotiation delegates.)

(An example of an intimidating meal would be one designed to appear poisonous; made from the target's fallen allies; or decorated with unpleasant symbolism, like a union jack cake served to a colonial American minuteman.)

(Examples of food preparation as a Performance would include juggling/tossing of ingredients, fancy knife work, preparation of flambe, and other visually entertaining techniques)

(To the GM: Generally, this means that they should be allowed to add their tool proficiency to the check, even if they lack the typical skill proficiency, but it's really up to you whether it counts and when. The whole intent of this feature is for you and the player to work together to incorporate their background into play by rewarding its creative application, not to give the player four skill proficiencies for all situations, or to give you a method of wiping out the value of their role-playing feature. Don't be a pushover or a jerk about it.)

Suggested Characteristics

A Chef typically has the following characteristics. Feel free to modify or write your own to give your character even more flavor.

d8Personality Trait
1When I eat something I critique the dish aloud.
2I multi-task very well.
3I let others know I expect them to work as hard as I do.
4I make noises which indicate my mood when I eat.
5When insulted, I hurl even greater insults (or food) back.
6I like to take my time and savor each moment.
7I try to keep things as clean as possible.
8I am always on the lookout for something novel and exotic.

1Creativity - I don't even follow my own recipes, I just follow my gut instinct! (Chaotic)
2Knowledge - I can learn a lot about people from what they choose to eat. (Neutral)
3Hierarchy - I know my place. Know yours. (Lawful)
4Generosity - My gift is for all to enjoy! (Good)
5Community - I am just one contribution which keeps this society together (Neutral)
6Fame - I will be known as the greatest master chef for all time! (Any)

1My grandmother had a secret recipe she took to her grave. I am trying to replicate it.
2There is a famous chef who I idolize.
3I am putting together a book of recipes from around the world!
4While other lands have vibrant cuisine, nothing beats a meal in the home country.
5I use only the elaborate techniques of my master, even when preparing simple dishes.
6I always keep a bottle of my favorite spice or herb on hand.

1I'd rather eat nothing than something bland, stale, burnt, undercooked, or otherwise beneath me.
2I am comically competitive.
3I am a gluttonous pig.
4I whine and complain when uncomfortable.
5I have little to no tolerance for frivolity.
6I have troubles trusting others with their assigned tasks, especially if I assigned them.
7Although I apprenticed under the most famous chef in the land, all my food tastes atrocious. People hear who I studied under and expect the best, but get the worst.
8I may be slow to anger but once someone has made me angry it is almost impossible to calm me down. In the heat of the moment I often do things I would normally not do.

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