Chef
One who prepares foodstuffs for other sophont beings (usually bionts but in some cases vecs).

Despite the widespread ease and availability of nanofactured and bionaofactured foodstuffs, some bionts still enjoy a meal preferred by another sophont. Chefs may be of any race, clade or gender, but need to have a general knowledge and ability in food preparation, as well as a specialized knowledge of preferred dishes. Most chefs are SI:<1 and are not expected to know every foodstuff in the known galaxy, although they should be familiar (usually via implanted knowledgebases or companion remotes) of all the important ones, and especially which dishes are preferred by which races and cultures, and which should never be served for metabolic or psychological reasons (some empaths for example have been known to have a severe psychological breakdown when presented with sentient fruit).
 
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 24 September 2001.