Chef is a minor character in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. He is an associate of Trevor Philips and an employee of Trevor Philips Enterprises. He is the head manufacturer of crystal meth, hence the nickname "Chef." His real name is never revealed. In the latter part of the game he becomes available for recruitment as a Heist Crew Member.
Chef meets Trevor at an unknown point before the events of GTA V. During The Paleto Score, Chef says that in his "job interview" he needed to rob a cash for gold guy who was in Sandy Shores, getting $50,000 from the score, and burying (with Trevor) the corpse of the guy and his bodyguards (or what's left of them according to Chef) in a junkyard.
Events of Grand Theft Auto Online in 2013
In the mission Meth'd Up the GTA Online Protagonist must take an RV full of meth from the Liquor Ace store in which Chef operates in. Chef attacks as he must defend his "product." Chef will not go down to the car park to defend the RV however; rather he will stay on the rooftop along with some other goons shooting at the player.
The best way to find him is to either go up the stairs to the roof, or to park the RV itself to climb up onto the roof. Chef will be there amongst the other enemies and can easily be eliminated. He also appears in Crank Up the Volume after the player delivers a Journey to the meth lab, he can be seen approaching the RV from the back alley.
He appears at the beginning of the Series A online heist entering in the GTA Online Protagonist's apartment along with Trevor and Ron. He later appears in the Series A - Steal Meth mission, where the players deliver an Tanker full of meth juice that he then uses to create the meth lab in the Liquor Ace gas station.
Events of Grand Theft Auto V
During a business meeting with the Los Santos Triads, Trevor's meth lab gets raided and attacked by the Aztecas after Trevor attacked one of their members, Ortega, who could've been either killed or spared (player's choice). Chef assists Trevor in fending off the attacking Aztecas and Ortega also, if he was spared.
After the mission Blitz Play, Chef texts Trevor, asking Trevor to contact him if he needs a gunman for any future service for helping out during the attack. Chef will become available as a gunman for the heists. He can be selected in The Paleto Score and The Big Score only.
Chef is a very skilled gunman, with a heist cut of 12%, making him a good choice as an experienced crew member, but still with a reasonable price. He doesn't die in The Paleto Score and is even complimented by Michael, who says, "Hey T, your guy is really good".
In the subtle approach of The Big Score, he doesn't drop gold bars if selected as the first gunman and neither causes consequences if selected as the second gunman, regardless of previous experience.
In the obvious approach of The Big Score, he will do a good job of being either the first or second gunman, regardless of previous experience, and provides great help in the shootout against the police if he is the second gunman, helping kill a lot of enemies.
Events of Grand Theft Auto Online
Los Santos Tuners
In 2021, Chef finds himself in another dispute with The Lost MC over their meth business, so he puts out a contract through KDJ, enlisting the online player to put The Lost MC out of business. After some preparation works, the player launches an attack on four of The Lost's meth labs, destroying them with the explosive stolen from their clubhouse earlier. Once that's accomplished, the player storms The Lost at Stab City and steals their tanker, which they then deliver to Chef.
Grand Theft Auto V
- Trevor Philips Industries
- Blitz Play (Post-mission text message)
- The Paleto Score (Optional)
- The Big Score (Optional)
Grand Theft Auto Online
Los Santos Tuners
Chef's skills include:
- Max Health
- Shot Rate
- Weapon Choice
- It's possible to kill Chef in the GTA Online mission Meth'd Up; however, this doesn't affect the storyline of GTA Online and/or GTA V in any way, as Chef is still alive in late 2013 in GTA V and summer 2021 in GTA Online: Los Santos Tuners.
- In the subtle approach of The Big Score, if he is placed as the first gunman, while he is loading the Gauntlets, he makes a little reference to the gold classification in the periodic table, saying, "Gold, Au, Atomic number: 79."
- Chef probably believes Ron's conspiracy theory about lizard people taking the form of humans to work for the government as he shouts about the cops being lizard people if he is the second gunman for The Big Score - Obvious. Perhaps this conspiracy is a continuation of the reference from the tramps in GTA IV, which said bizarre things to the player such as "fuck you, reptilian" or, "can you spare a small buck for the alien resistance?".
- Unlike most of Trevor's associates, Chef doesn't seem to be afraid, or even intimidated by Trevor.
- Chef will sometimes be found on the second floor of Liquor Ace outside of missions as a normal pedestrian. If interacted with, the player will use a default greeting. He can also be killed, but will always respawn.
- He doesn't talk to the player in response, despite knowing Trevor.
- Even though he's unlocked as a gunman from the Paleto Score onwards, he's not available to hire for The Bureau Raid, probably out of loyalty to Trevor.
- Chef does not wear his glasses during heist missions.
- Simply being known as Chef is maybe a reference to the character Phil "The Chef" Bushey from Stephen King's novel Under The Dome, as Bushey also cooks and samples his own batches of meth in the novel.
- Chef is also very similar to Walter White from the first/second seasons of Breaking Bad.
- They are both the cooks in their respective meth empires while occasionally confronting the competition, which happen to both be Hispanic gangs (in Chef's case it was TPI and the Aztecas, while in Walter's it was his own empire and Tuco Salamanca).
- Both associate themselves with violent sociopaths who help get their product out (In Chef's case it was Trevor, while in Walt's it was Tuco).
- Both keep meth in RV's.
- Both are also bald, wear glasses and have facial hair.
- The main difference of the two is that Chef has done meth, while Walter only cooks.