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The Swedish Chef is a Muppet that appeared on The Muppet Show. He was operated by Jim Henson and Frank Oz simultaneously and is now puppeteered by Bill Barretta.

A parody of television chefs, the Swedish Chef wears a toque blanche and has bushy eyebrows that completely obscure his eyes. He was one of the few Muppets to employ an actual puppeteer’s hands, originally Oz’s, in the designs – that is, they were visible to the audience through his sleeves and facilitated handling food and utensils.

Nearly all Swedish Chef sketches begin with him in a kitchen, waving some utensils while singing his signature song in his typical mock Swedish – a semi-comprehensible gibberish which parodies the characteristic vowel sounds of Swedish. The song’s lyrics vary slightly from one episode to the next, but always end with “Bork, bork, bork!” as the Chef throws the utensils aside.

After this introduction, the Chef begins to prepare a recipe while giving a gibberish explanation of what he is doing. His commentary is spiced with the occasional English word to clue in the viewer to what he is attempting; for example, “Aweenda shmure da froog’s legs.” These hints are necessary as he frequently uses unorthodox culinary equipment (firearms, tennis racquets, etc.) to prepare his dishes. The sketch typically degenerates into a slapstick finale where the ingredients or equipment get the better of him.

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  • zzophia

    terminalfrost87 - You can translate an entire web-page on Dialectizer (http://www.rinkworks.com/dialect/) to Swedish a la the Chef (or Redneck, Jive, Cockney, Elmer Fudd, Moron, Pig Latin, Hacker). But Google need to do a lot of home-work because the letter: ø is used in Norway and Denmark but not in Sweden. And he says: Mört! Mört! Mört! (Which is referring to the fish Rutilus rutilus ;)

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • zzophia

    I also read the story about a real Swedish chef being model for the Muppet one. But Daxxe, this Kuprik-guy dosen´t even have eye-brows!! Is there any photo/film of him, from the time when he was supposed to have done this commercial?

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Jormogundr

    This exists?

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • brettlayton

    chickee in du baskeet

    24 Oct 2010 Reply
  • rustedempire

    this is a nugget...a purely hidden gem!

    7 Sep 2010 Reply
  • e8ghtmileshigh

    conskruuska bernana!!

    2 Aug 2010 Reply
  • terminalfrost87

    I love that Google have a search page in Swedish Chef-speak. Børk børk børk!

    28 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Daxxe

    The real chef "Kuprik" as this muppet stereotypes comes from my hometown :] http://www.kuprik.se/about.html

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
  • vivaelbritpop

    BORK BORK BORK!

    26 Nov 2008 Reply
  • ardianek

    funiest thing ever made

    4 May 2008 Reply
  • D3thhunter

    <3333333333333333333333333

    26 Dec 2007 Reply
  • FreestyleNL

    Hördiburdiburdiburdi bjork bjork bjork!

    21 Jul 2007 Reply

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