With all the discussion this week about the bedroom habits of Gothamites, I’ve been considering something much more interesting: The culinary skills of our fictional friends.  During the reboot Legion of Super-Heroes, Tenzil (Matter-Eater Lad) Kem was the team’s official chef, but I question the decision to have a man to whom a hunk of stone might taste good as your cook.  On the other hand, Batman obviously has NO idea what makes for good food, as he likely applies a food-as-fuel approach to everything.  Superman probably knows how to grill, being a Kansas boy, while Green Arrow mistakes intense heat for flavor, leading to today’s Food Network query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) suspects that my answer is going to be either Ma Hunkel of the Justice Society or Ben Grimm of the Fantastic Four (who clearly had Reed make him some special spatulas), asking: Which fictional character would be the BEST cook?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Condiment King. He knows how to perfectly grill those hotdogs and hamburgers that the condiments are going on.

  2. I feel like most comic characters would destroy the kitchen (if not the whole block) in the cooking process, so you’re just gonna have to make peace with that.

    Any aliens might be out of the running. What looks and tastes good to them might not agree with (or might just kill) the rest of us.

    Maybe someone from a mythical/fantasy background, like a Thor or a Wonder Woman would have a pretty decent grasp at whipping together a decent feast that would be recognizable to us mortals, and also taste correspondingly good.

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