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South Park character
Jerome "Chef" McElroy
Gender male
Hair black
Birthday October 4
Died The Return of Chef
Age 30
Job Cafeteria Chef
Religion Christian
Origin African American
Voiced by Isaac Hayes, Darth Chef: Unknown
First Cartman Gets an Anal Probe
Last South Park The Stick of Truth

Jerome Thomas "Chef" McElory was a cafeteria chef at South Park Elementary. He was killed off in "The Return of Chef", and resurrected as Darth Chef.

About Chef (1997 - 2006)Edit

Chef, as his nickname implies, was a school cafeteria cook at the South Park Elementary School and former member of City Council as "Head of Public Safety". He was usually the only adult that the main characters on the show (Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, Andrew and Kenny McCormick) consistently asked for advice. A typical introduction goes as such:

Chef: "Hello there, children!"
Kids (in unison): "Hey, Chef."
Chef: "How's it going?"
One or all of kids: "Bad."
Chef: "Why bad?"

But in "Ike's Wee Wee", they said:

Chef: "Hello there, children!"
Kids (in unison): "Hey, Chef."
Kyle: "How's it going?"
Chef: "Crappy."
Kyle: "Why bad?"

And in "Kenny Dies" it went:

Chef: "Hello there, children."
Stan: "Hey, Chef."
Chef: "How's it going?"
Stan: "Bad."
Chef: "Yeah, things could be better."

in "Sexual Harassment Panda",

Chef: "Hello there, children!"
Kids: "Hey, Chef."
Chef: "How's it going?"
Kids: "Bad."
Chef: "Well, it is about to get worse."

One of the children then explained to him their problem. Chef used the word "children" often, even for the singular (for example, he referred to Cartman as "children" in "Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut" and "Spontaneous Combustion", Stan in "Kenny Dies", and Butters in "Simpsons Already Did It"). He also tended to use "fudge" as a euphemism for fuck, particularly in early episodes.

While most of the inhabitants of South Park are white, Chef was one of the very few residents in town who was black; in fact the only other black people to consistently live in South Park are Token and his parents, who were not prominent characters until the fourth season. As a result, Chef (usually goodnaturedly, though not always) referred to most people in town with the racial slur "crackas," including the children.

Aside from cooking, Chef was passionate about singing - he wrote the song "Stinky Britches" which was later covered by Alanis Morissette. He was based on such 1970s African American singers as Isaac Hayes (who voiced him) and Barry White. Often, he agreed to give the boys advice in the form of songs, but wound up singing about having sex. Over time, however, like many earlier characters on the show, his role, especially as as a singer, diminished, and in later seasons he did not sing much. By the time his death occured, he had not sang any songs in 4 years or so.

Despite his preoccupations with women and sex, Chef was generally one of the few level-headed adults in South Park. In addition to dispensing advice to "the children", Chef spoke out against outrageous ideas, and helped save South Park/the world in general from several disasters. However, Chef was not above performing nonsensical acts, such as buying a fancy TV that he couldn't even program (and that eventually turned into a combat robot).

In earlier seasons, Chef was often approached by the children when they were unfamiliar with a sexual term or practice. This happened so often that it eventually got on Chef's nerves, leading him to say, "Goddammit, children, why do I always have to be the one to teach you these things?", but went on to explain to them whatever they wanted to know anyway.

Chef’s last name suggests he could be at least partially of some Celtic descent, and indeed his parents live in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In "Chef Goes Nanners", he briefly converted to Islam and adopted the name 'Abdul Mohammed Jabar Rauf Kareem Ali', but converted back to Christianity by the end of the episode.

In "The Return of Chef", he died after joining the Super Adventure Club, but was later resurrected in that same episode as "Darth Chef". Even so, Darth Chef has not re-appeared since, except in the title sequence of every episode produced after "The Return of Chef".