Best Class for a Chef


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So my player is thinking of a class to play for his new character in our upcoming High Seas Adventure.
His premise for the character is a chef with a pepper shaker for a peg leg, who is on a quest for vengeance against the lord who said there was "Too much salt" in the pie he cooked for him, causing him to spiral into a deep depression. Que the French accent.

Alchemist seemed like the obvious choice, but we already have an alchemist in the party. He said he'd prefer a spell-caster of some sort.
Any sort of ideas for classes or archetypes that might go well with this character?


Witch has a few culinary based hexes and archetypes.

Dark Archive

Chef?
Expert.

Rogue could give an awesome opportunity to poison people.

Ranger or slayer could be worked to fit.

Archaeologist bard might be fun


There are archetype in the 3pp letter from the flaming crab culinary magic book that can give the flavor you are looking


Chef is a profession skill. Profession skills are wis based. Cleric or Druid would work. Monk could be interesting. Paladin would be strange. Inquisitor or Warpriest are honorable mentions.

I'd lean more towards a sea and sailing inspired deity rather than a food related one. Though the image of a peg-legged, eye-patched, bushy bearded Torig worshiping dwarf with a cleaver and black iron skillet is rather entertaining.


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Cleric of Urgathoa, because Gluttony is included in her domains.


Spiritualist, so that you can have an in built sous chef.

Dark Archive

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I had a chef-based character once who wielded a frying pan as his primary weapon using the trait Rough and Ready:

Rough and Ready wrote:
Benefit: When you use a tool of your trade (requiring at least 1 rank in the appropriate Craft or Profession skill) as a weapon, you do not take the improvised weapon penalty and instead receive a +1 trait bonus on your attack. This trait is commonly used with shovels, picks, blacksmith hammers, and other sturdy tools — lutes and brooms make terribly fragile weapons.

It was also a paladin and was able to enchant it with his divine bond ability, it was great.


Something with survival as a class skill, given that survival is the butchering/preserving skill.

Profession Chef
Profession Herbalist
Survival

are the three skills i'd recommend for a chef character. So...Vigilante. Vigilante has a ton of social talents that can turn you into the gordon ramsay of avistan.


I'd go anyone with poison use as someone that trained for years to get revenge in the most perfect way.


Expert.

Edit: Oh, and take Master Craftsman and Craft Magic Arms and Armor so you can cook a sword.

Shadow Lodge

3rd Party: A Blacksmith with the Iron Chef archetype is a good chef adventurer.


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Argument for vigilante

Double Time wrote:
Double Time (Ex): The vigilante’s social identity is that of a skilled and respected artisan or professional, rather than a merchant or noble. In order to complete his day’s work while still continuing his vigilante activities, he has learned to work faster than normal, hiding his progress so it seems like he is working full shifts at his day job rather than spending some of that time on other pursuits. The vigilante needs to spend only 6 hours each day for mundane uses of the Craft or Profession skill, rather than 8 hours. If he has the social grace social talent, he needs to spend only 4 hours for any skill he’s chosen with social grace. A vigilante must have a social identity appropriate to the chosen skill to select this talent.
In Vogue wrote:
In Vogue (Ex): The vigilante’s crafting or professional business is always at the height of the local trends, allowing the vigilante to gain more profits than usual. Goods he crafts with a Craft skill he chose with social grace are worth 1/3 more gp than normal due to his celebrity, without increasing the cost to create. Whenever he uses a Profession skill he chose with social grace to make money, he makes twice as much money. A vigilante must be at least 5th level and have both the double time and social grace social talents to take this talent.
Social Grace wrote:
Social Grace: The vigilante selects any one Intelligence-, Wisdom-, or Charisma-based skill other than Perception or Use Magic Device. Whenever the vigilante is in his social identity, he receives a +4 circumstance bonus on checks with the selected skill. At 5th level and every 4 levels thereafter, he can select another skill (with the same restrictions) to gain this bonus.

You get a bonus to profession chef checks, can make money with them in half the time, and make more money than normal with them. Renown tree makes you famous and celebrity discount lets you get a deal on rare meats herbs and spices for your galley.


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blahpers wrote:
Edit: Oh, and take Master Craftsman and Craft Magic Arms and Armor so you can cook a sword.

It's called a baguette.


In additon to my last post (it's too late to edit it), a comic for illustrative purposes:

The Knight's Loaf


Check out the "Mystical Meals" section of Elves of Golarion. An elf with at least 5 ranks in Profession (cook) and the Brew Potion feat can infuse food with magical power.


Expert. Maybe Commoner?


When I think combat-ready chef, the image that usually comes to mind is someone VERY good with knives, perhaps someone who knows all the spots on a creature's body to most efficiently carve meat from their bones. They've already been mentioned above, but this image is best represented for me by the Rogue and Slayer classes.

That imagery is not fully inclusive of a cook in a fantasy setting, though - a Wizard or Magus whose spellbook is half-filled with recipes is a great idea. The fact that they're a cook doesn't need to mesh with their class at all, though. If you just want to be the best cook you can be, a class that requires a high Wisdom score is a good place to start - Cleric of a god who values community, like Erastil would perhaps create a cook who simply loves to cook for his comrades. A Druid makes a lot of sense, from an angle of someone who reveres nature for its bountiful ingredients, and knows where to find them.

Scarab Sages

mine is Cleric - though if I did him again, I think I would take the vigilante suggestion above. The image of a Batman/Iron Chef character is just cool...


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Java Man wrote:
Witch has a few culinary based hexes and archetypes.

Agree. I would like to point out the Gingerbread Witch archetype, especially.

Pastry summons, confectionary familiars, eating your enemies... I like it.

You could have a gummi tardigrade familiar


Cuup wrote:

When I think combat-ready chef, the image that usually comes to mind is someone VERY good with knives, perhaps someone who knows all the spots on a creature's body to most efficiently carve meat from their bones. They've already been mentioned above, but this image is best represented for me by the Rogue and Slayer classes.

That imagery is not fully inclusive of a cook in a fantasy setting, though - a Wizard or Magus whose spellbook is half-filled with recipes is a great idea. The fact that they're a cook doesn't need to mesh with their class at all, though. If you just want to be the best cook you can be, a class that requires a high Wisdom score is a good place to start - Cleric of a god who values community, like Erastil would perhaps create a cook who simply loves to cook for his comrades. A Druid makes a lot of sense, from an angle of someone who reveres nature for its bountiful ingredients, and knows where to find them.

No love for the alchemist? They already brew potions, why not beer too.


Darigaaz the Igniter wrote:
Cuup wrote:

When I think combat-ready chef, the image that usually comes to mind is someone VERY good with knives, perhaps someone who knows all the spots on a creature's body to most efficiently carve meat from their bones. They've already been mentioned above, but this image is best represented for me by the Rogue and Slayer classes.

That imagery is not fully inclusive of a cook in a fantasy setting, though - a Wizard or Magus whose spellbook is half-filled with recipes is a great idea. The fact that they're a cook doesn't need to mesh with their class at all, though. If you just want to be the best cook you can be, a class that requires a high Wisdom score is a good place to start - Cleric of a god who values community, like Erastil would perhaps create a cook who simply loves to cook for his comrades. A Druid makes a lot of sense, from an angle of someone who reveres nature for its bountiful ingredients, and knows where to find them.

No love for the alchemist? They already brew potions, why not beer too.

Of course! I wrote that up in a hurry and forgot the Alchemist.


The sharing of a meal has often marked significant events and rituals for communities and faiths. Passover, wedding feasts, wakes, midwinter's festivities, etc.. A time of bonding in the present and remembering the past. So a shaman with the ancestors or tribal spirit?


Ninja, because then you don't have to worry when you handle the pufferfish livers.


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Tim Emrick wrote:
Check out the "Mystical Meals" section of Elves of Golarion. An elf with at least 5 ranks in Profession (cook) and the Brew Potion feat can infuse food with magical power.

Excellent. It does say that other races dan do the same, but that their efforts seem primitive in comparison (as judged by elven palates, of course).

I have a hill giant druid chef NPC who has a floating raft/island/marketplace where he has a restaurant - for an upcoming game. This is perfect for him.

(he's a pretty unusual hill giant.)

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