The Hot Shot Chef / A Spice Odyssey is the 29th episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! It is notable for the first and only appearance of the Superspicy Curry and the appearance of a monster with the ability to speak: Monsieur Goan.
King Dedede gets tired of his food at the castle. He decides to head to Kawasaki's, but he really isn't much better off eating there. Annoyed, he decides to open his own restaurant when he realizes that he doesn't have much of a choice in places to get food, and he does it the usual way, through Customer Service's teleporter machine. He sponsors his new chef monster a brand new restaurant right opposite Kawasaki's and the two began a novelty food duel, eventually with Dedede's restaurant burning down because his plan to hurt Kirby gets thwarted yet again.
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King Dedede eats some dinner, which he finds to be completely revolting. Escargoon offers him instant noodles, cat food and dog food, all of which Dedede refuses, as he wants something tasty for once. They head to Kawasaki's restaurant, where the food is even worse than what he just ate. Kawasaki states that it's all he has, and Escargoon asks for a secret recipe, as all chefs should have at least one. Kawasaki tells them he doesn't have any, and the two leave. He asks for the bill, and Dedede responds by throwing a pizza at his face.
Annoyed that Kawasaki's cooking is even worse, Dedede asks how he is still in business. Escargoon points out that it's the only restaurant in town. Dedede quickly realizes that he should get a restaurant of his own, and contacts Customer Service. Customer Service is amused by his idea, but sends him a cooking monster, Monsieur Goan. Goan immediately offers Dedede a tournedo, which the king confuses for a tornado due to similar pronunciation. Escargoon tells him the actual meaning, before being bashed in the noggin by Dedede to silence him. Customer Service then tells Dedede to try Goan's food, and he eats it. Dedede is delighted by the taste of the food, leaving behind a clean plate. Escargoon wants some, but Dedede bashes his noggin again. Dedede tells Goan that they will bring his tastes to the Cappies before they deal with Kirby. Goan smirks.
The next day, Kawasaki opens his restaurant and wonders where the new restaurant came from. Inside, Escargoon instructs the waiting staff, consisting of Waddle Doo and several Waddle Dees. Goan is cooking in the kitchen, and tells Escargoon that he is ready for service. Mayor Len Blustergas and his wife Hana are their first customers, and soon a line starts forming outside the restaurant. Kawasaki is uneasy as the customers are outside Goan's restaurant. Tiff tells Kawasaki that Dedede is trying to throw him out of business. He is supported by Professor Curio, Iro, Spikehead and Honey as they believe that the food isn't guaranteed to be good just because of a long line, and that it will probably be expensive.
Blustergas and Hana come out and are asked on how the restaurant was. Both were pleased, with the food and decor being good and cheap. Everyone forms a line outside Goan's restaurant, causing Kawasaki to become saddened. Inside Goan's restaurant, Tiff, Tuff, Sir Ebrum and Lady Like are dining. Everyone enjoys the appetizers. Goan and the Waddle Dees bring out the entree; some small steaks. Tuff is surprised the portions are small, but Escargoon tells him that just because its small doesn't mean it's bad.
Back at Kawasaki's, Tiff and Kawasaki voice their disappointment and suspicions of the new restaurant. Tiff tells the chef that Kawasaki should try to undercut Goan with offers to persuade the Cappies. Kawasaki tries to advertise with free coffee, but Escargoon drives him away. He then tries to offer lunch specials for $2.50, but a Cappy tells him that Goan's sells for $1.75. Defeated, Kawasaki returns to his restaurant in shame. Tiff states that he could pay people to eat at his place, but Kawasaki refuses and begins to cry.
Chief Bookem arrives at Kawasaki's, only coming because Goan's was so popular that he couldn't wait too long to each lunch. While he'd still prefer Goan's, he realizes that he went too far by accidentally insulting Kawasaki. Bookem wants spicy food, since after eating at Goan's, he just can't stand bland food anymore. Kawasaki begins to prepare an order of spicy dumplings, and asks Kirby if he wants to assist.
The two cook in the kitchen. Kawasaki tells Kirby to grab one of the peppers hanging on the wall. Kirby does so, but he accidentally drops the whole batch into the chowder, worrying him. Kawasaki serves the spicy chowder to Bookem, who states that it doesn't look too bad. As he eats, he turns red and starts breathing flame before running out of the restaurant. The Cappies look on in surprise. Kawasaki asks Kirby if threw all the peppers in, and Kirby confirms it. Kawasaki falls into despair, but suddenly, Curio and the others come in and ask what he served Bookem. Kawasaki apologizes, but Curio states that he wants a double order of what he just served Bookem, surprising the chef.
Kawasaki cooks the spicy chowder, with assistance from Lololo & Lalala. Tiff serves her brother the spicy chowder, who eats it. Kirby is unaffected by the spicy and continues to eat as nothing happened. Tuff takes a second bite, before running out of the restaurant spewing flames. All the Cappies want to try the spicy chowder.
Across the street, Dedede, Escargoon and Goan look and declare war against Kawasaki. They advertise a spicier pizza, causing the Cappies to run towards Goan's. The pizza is simply an overdose of spicy mustard, as Escargoon states. The Cappies breathe fire out their mouths, while Kirby is unaffected and happily gobbles the pizza as if it was nothing. Kawasaki and Tuff advertise super spicy dumplings, and like before, the Cappies breathe out fire. Kirby is still unaffected by the spice. In response, Goan's creates the Heat-Seeking Burn Burger, and all the Cappies breathe out fire again. Dedede and Escargoon try the burger and they too find it too spicy.
Goan offers them sorbet and they take it. Goan injects a pink dye, which Dedede and Escargoon realize what he is up to. They serve it to the Cappies. The two state that anyone who eats it will have an irresistable urge to eat anything pink and round-shaped.
Tiff tells Kawasaki that Goan's is offering dessert. However, Kawasaki has already prepared his Toxic Atomic Curry. Tiff tells him that everyone is tired of spicy food. Kawasaki asks Tiff where Kirby is, and she tells him that Kirby is at Goan's. Kawasaki decides to take a small taste of his curry, and he spontaneously combusts. However, he shows no fear, as he has finally created the most spiciest curry ever and advertises it.
Tuff tells Tiff that Goan's is serving sorbet. Everyone has turned crazed over Kirby because of how tasty he looks. This is due to the hallucinogen Goan injected in the sorbet. The Waddle Dees serve Kirby-like sorbets, and everyone except Tiff becomes mesmerized because they ate the sorbet. Dedede, Escargoon and Goan come out. Goan turns into a monster, and the Cappies break out of their trance. The Cappies run out juts as Kawasaki comes in. Kawasaki gives Kirby his cooking pan, transforming him into Cook Kirby. However, not even Cook Kirby can withstand Goan's prolonged assault.
Defeated, Goan puts Kirby in a freezing ball to turn Kirby into a sorbet. Kirby is unable to withstand the cold and begins to freeze.
Kawasaki becomes worried that he can't save Kirby. However, he suddenly remembers his Toxic Atomic Curry and runs back to the restaurant to grab a serving of the curry. He then runs back to Goan's and throws the plate of curry to Kirby, who eats it. The curry is so spicy that even Kirby cannot resist the spice. The glass bowl becomes so hot that Goan drops it. Tuff believes that Kirby turned into Fire Kirby, but Meta Knight states that it is just heartburn from Kawasaki's food.
Kawasaki is delighted that he managed to outspice Kirby. Kirby breathes flame onto Goan, who combusts. Everyone runs out of Goan's before he explodes, taking the restaurant alongside it.
Later that night, Dedede and Escargoon are punished for trying to harm Kirby. Tuff states that they'll have to eat Kawasaki's Toxic Atomic Curry. Dedede and Escargoon laugh, believing that they can handle the curry and eat it. After eating, they feel the spiciness and spontaneously combust, before being reduced to cinders. Everyone laughs at them.
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Changes in the dub
- The ramen in the dub is called "chowder", even though in a later episode, "Delivery Dilema", Mayor Blustergas ordered Noodle Soup, which is what ramen is called.
- The ramen bowl has the katakana "Rāmen" digitally erased in the 4Kids dub.
- The katakana on the sign for Kawasaki's restaurant is digitally erased in the dub.
- The kanji is digitally removed from the picture in the restaurant.
- The sign has the English words, "Restaurant Goan" replaced with a two forks sign only in Kirby Channel.
- The Coffee papers that Chef Kawasaki are showing have the English word, "COFFEE," digitally erased.
- The scene where Chief Bookem tells Yabui about Kawasaki's ramen and dumplings is cut from the English dub due to time constraints.
- The sign has the English words, "100% OFF" replaced with a "No Dollar Sign."
- The sign has the English words, "HOT! HOT! PIZZA" digitally removed only in Kirby Channel.
- The sign has the English words, "HOT X 10!!" digitally removed only in Kirby Channel.
- The sign has the English words, "HOT! 100!!" digitally removed only in Kirby Channel.
- The ramen flag on Kawasaki's restaurant has the English word, "HOT!!" digitally removed.
- The sign has the English words, "The Most Hot CURRY in the world" digitally removed only in Kirby Channel.
- The scene where Monsieur Goan is being burned by Kirby is shortened in the dub.
- In the dub version, one can see Monsieur Goan fly through the roof after the restaurant is destroyed. This was absent in the original as Goan instantly disintegrated.
- This episode's name in the dub, "A Spice Odyssey", is most likely a pun on the title of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Kawasaki's frying pan reappears in this episode.
- Although Tiff said, "that's not Kirby, it's sorbet," she was supposed to say it in reverse to the brainwashed Cappies.
- This is one of the three episodes where Hana sounded like an old lady, the others being "A Blockbuster Battle" and "The Pillow Case"