Published on March 12, 2022, Last modified on June 9th, 2022
Chef is a feat to spice up your character by adding a bit of flavor to your backstory. How well will it work for your build? Find out here.
Steve Prescott - Wizards of the Coast - Gyome, Master Chef
What Is Chef 5e?
We all like a good, home-cooked meal. Not all D&D campaigns need to be like Lord of the Rings, where everyone lives off Lembas bread and rations to survive. Have a cookout, throw a BBQ, and spice up your adventure!
With Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, we got a flurry of new feats, some of which add more roleplay flavor over mechanical advantage. The Chef feat is one of these, and today we’re going to crack the lid on this and see what’s brewing.
How Does Chef Work?
With this feat, you gain four benefits, thanks to your cooking prowess:
- You may increase your Constitution or Wisdom by one to a maximum of 20.
- If you aren’t already proficient with cook’s utensils, you are now.
- During short rests, you can cook special food if you have the proper ingredients and cook’s utensils. You can cook meals for a number of creatures equal to 4 + your proficiency bonus. Any creatures who ate your food and used a hit die to heal gain an additional 1d8 of healing.
- If you spend at least an hour or during a long rest, you can cook a number of treats equal to your proficiency bonus. These treats last eight hours and can be consumed as a bonus action to gain temporary hit points equal to your proficiency bonus.
Is Chef Good?
In our 5e Feats Tier List, Chef was given a B Tier rating, making it a niche feat that can improve some builds in D&D 5e.
Chef is a solid, flavorful (heh) pickup that is beneficial for any class. The biggest benefit is the “special treats”. These treats can be eaten as a bonus action and provide temp hitpoints.
Coupled with the fact that you get a CON or WIS ASI and bonus healing from hit dice for you and your party during a short rest and you’ve got yourself a feat worth having.
For those who want to add a little flavor to their D&D campaigns, the Chef feat is one of the spiciest feats available. We don’t all need to play ultra-effective damage dealers; we can have fun with the best part of D&D: roleplaying.
How do you feel about the Chef feat or other flavor feats? Tell us all about your bizarre characters in the comments below!