Laura, her Mom and her Dad are watching one of those cooking shows of the type that have become so popular on television these days. Laura is impressed by the chef's apparent skills, perhaps too impressed. Hearing Laura gush over this chef, her Dad declares that he can cook well too. He says that tomorrow he's making dinner and he'll show her who's a good cook. The next morning, Oxnard is heading towards the clubhouse. He has a large bunch of sunflower seeds, but is beginning to wish he didn't. He bought a huge amount in bulk and they're beginning difficult to carry. He loses his balance and some of the seeds go flying through the air. Fortunately for him, they land in the pan of a ham-ham he's never seen before. This ham is a chef of some sort and decides to make a meal out of them. He compliments the quality of the seeds and Oxnard explains that they're organically grown, without any preservatives. Chef Ham quickly makes them into a great meal, which Oxnard loves. Oxnard calls him "fast" and the Chef says, in his Italian accent, that he hasn't seen anything yet. Oxnard says that he loves food, but this is the first time he's tasted anything gourmet. He asks Chef Ham to come to the clubhouse with him and prepare a meal for the ham-hams. Chef Ham, however, says he needs to get home to his wife and kids. Hamtaro arrives on the scene and asks Oxnard "what's cookin'?" But Chef Ham is already gone. While Oxnard and Hamtaro are heading to the clubhouse, Laura's Dad is out shopping, with Laura and her Mom along. They're arguing over tomatoes: Laura's Mom thinks that Dad could save money by buying cheap tomatoes, but he shoots back that he "only uses the finest ingredients when he cooks." At the clubhouse, Oxnard tells the ham-hams about Chef Ham. They all seem pretty excited, except for Howdy, who seems to be a cynic. He says that a "sunflower seed is a sunflower seed." Bijou, Pashmina and Penelope, however, all agree that it's good to try good things. And Boss says that they don't have this opportunity every day. So they set out to find Chef Ham, but as Howdy notes, it's like "finding a needle in a haystack." They really don't have any idea to find him because they don't know where he lives, or which way he headed. Then, luck strikes. It turns out that Chef Ham is still hanging around the same area where Oxnard ran into him. Chef Ham explains that the truth is that he's kind of afraid to go back to his wife and kids. He's worried that they may not like his cooking. He has been all around the world training, even to France, as Bijou notes, but he's still not sure of his skills. The ham-hams don't mind. They all ask that he make something for them. Hamtaro says that they'll do the dishes. Chef Ham agrees, pleased to have the opportunity to cook for them. They go out and gather ingredients for him. He comments that sometimes the best meals come from the simplest ingredients. He creates them all a tasty pizza. Bijou calls it the best pizza she ever tasted. Howdy even goes back on his previous comment, which gets him a jab from Pashmina. At Laura's, Laura's Dad seems to be making a mess in the kitchen, but he claims he has everything under control. Now that Chef Ham has cooked for the ham-hams, they encourage him to cook for his children. He's still worried: what if his own children don't like his cooking. He says he's more nervous no than he ever was at cooking school. The ham-hams, however, maintain their upbeat attitude and encourage him to give it a shot. They'll throw a big party for his kids and invite them all over. He can serve them their first meal cooked by him at the clubhouse. Sometime later, at Laura's, Laura's Dad announces that dinner's ready. Hamtaro comments that Chef Ham isn't the only one in the kitchen. In any case, he needs to be getting back to the clubhouse. At the clubhouse, Chef Ham is just about done. He's very pleased with the feast he's created and thinks that everyone will be smiling and laughing and eating. Oxnard calls it a feast fit for a king. The feast even gets Snoozer talking. He thinks that it smells good. It's tempting, but he doesn't want to get up... yet! Chef Ham's children arrive... all ten of them! They're all white hamsters, like him. Chef Ham presents them with his feast and they gobble it quite happily. He worries that they're just being polite, but Hamtaro notes that they've cleaned their plates. They wouldn't have done that if they didn't like it. Oxnard, however, is worried about something else - Chef Ham's kid's have eaten all of it. That means there's nothing left for him! Chef ham's delighed with his results, but Oxnard is panicked. At Laura's, Dad's meal turns out not to be as bad as everyone thought it would. Laura liked it so much that she had seconds. Laura and her Mom, impressed, insist that they should do the dishes. However, he wards them away, saying that it would be best for them not to go into the kitchen, as it's a disaster. That evening, Hamtaro reflects on Chef Ham. He figures that even grown-ups sometimes like to hear that they've done a good job. Laura reflects on her Dad's cooking and how she was surprised that it actually turned out well.moreless
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