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|“||Watch the spectacular demonstration of the famous thousand flying cakes! Our guests seem to have a few tricks up their sleeve, but how will they fare against the blinding stinking cheese bombs?||”|
—Alec Cataldi, "Kung Food"
"Kung Food" is the twenty-first episode of the first season of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. It first premiered on September 10, 2016, on Nickelodeon and February 10, 2017, on Netflix.
Marinette goes with her great-uncle Wang, a renowned Chinese chef, to a cooking competition at the Palace. As they don't speak each other's language, the first contact is not easy. Fortunately, Adrien speaks Chinese and comes to their rescue. Everything would be just fine if Chloé had not sabotaged Wang's dish. Humiliated, the latter then gets akumatized into Kung Food. Anyone who has tasted his dish falls under his power. They all become fearsome fighters that Ladybug and Cat Noir will have to confront in order to free Chloé, held hostage.
Marinette is at her home, waiting for her mother's uncle, Wang Cheng, to arrive. Wang is Chinese, so Marinette uses an app on her phone which helps her with the pronunciation. She has a bouquet of flowers for him but worries that it might not be good enough. It is revealed that Wang is a cook with a global reputation, and is in Paris for a cooking competition called "The World's Greatest Chef."
When Wang arrives, Marinette rushes to the door and tries to greet him in Chinese, but fails. She gives him the bouquet (from which he starts to pluck out the petals) while she uses the phone to translate the greeting for her. The phone does that, but also translates (and repeats) the "Ugh, this is so lame!" that Marinette had said immediately after. Then, after Marinette manages to silence the phone and invites her uncle inside, she calls Alya to ask for help. Alya reassures her and says she has an idea, and then hangs up. A few minutes later, Adrien arrives at the door. Marinette, after an initial surprised reaction, asks him what he's doing there. Adrien explains that Alya called him and asked him to act as an interpreter since he knows Mandarin. Marinette asks where Alya is, and Alya promptly texts her saying that Marinette now owes her twenty thousand croissants.
Wang, Marinette, and Adrien then ride in Adrien's limousine to Le Grand Paris, where the competition will take place. While Adrien and Cheng Shifu are conversing in Chinese, Wang reveals that he knows a little bit of their language, but he's a very bad speaker.
Once they arrive, the Mayor warmly greets Wang and the TV host, Alec Cataldi, asks him which dish he will prepare: Wang answers, "Celestial Soup." After the interview, Wang begins to cook and leaves Adrien alone. Marinette uses the opportunity to apologize to him since the fact her uncle spoke their language meant that she didn't need an interpreter after all. Adrien accepts the apologies, and even thanks her for giving him the opportunity to practice his Chinese. Adrien also says that he's honored to have met Wang since he is a "shifu", which means "master."
Soon, Chloé shows up and starts criticizing Cheng Shifu's choice to make a soup instead of sushi like everyone else. Adrien replies that Cheng Shifu is Chinese and that sushi is a Japanese dish, but Chloé brushes him off. She then reveals that she is a member of the jury for the competition, and states that she will refuse to give a high vote for Wang's dish. So Marinette steps up, tells her she has no taste at all and that Cheng Shifu doesn't need her vote because all the other judges will love his dish. Angered, Chloé storms off. Adrien then compliments Marinette for defending her uncle, and says that he would have been proud if he had been there. However, Marinette answers that she's not so sure, and that she fears that her uncle might not like her as he even ruined the bouquet she prepared for him. Adrien reassures her, saying that Cheng Shifu told him that he would use the flowers for the soup, and that he is always happy when surprise ingredients come into his life. Adrien suggests that Wang showed Marinette his respect, in his own way.
Chloé, angry about Marinette's previous statements to her, storms into the kitchen where Wang is making his meal for the jury and tells him that Marinette is outside and wants to talk to him. Once Wang leaves the kitchen, Chloé mixes several random ingredients into the soup in order to ruin the flavor and get a negative response from the jury. Wang renters the kitchen and says that Marinette wasn't there, but Chloé brushes him off, saying that she "doesn't speak Japanese," much to Wang’s confusion.
Next, the five jury members are introduced: André Bourgeois, Chloé herself, Jagged Stone, Mrs. Césaire, and Alec. When Wang presents the sabotaged dish to the judges during the live broadcast, they all react in disgust and give him scores that Alec says are the lowest scores ever seen on the show. Marinette apologizes to Wang for provoking Chloé and causing this, but Wang leaves, ashamed over his loss.
Hawk Moth senses Cheng Shifu's frustration and sends an akuma after him. Wang realizes that Marinette is right about Chloé, and the akuma possesses his chef hat. Hawk Moth offers Wang the chance to be the world's greatest chef and seek revenge on Chloé and transforms him into Kung Food. The judges who tasted his dish earlier become under his control, and he makes them capture Chloé. They then pour indestructible caramel over the entire building, trapping Adrien and Marinette inside.
Marinette realizes that Kung Food is actually Wang. Meanwhile, the brainwashed judges are making an enormous pot of soup in the rooftop pool, which Chloé is suspended above. Marinette and Adrien transformed into their respective superhero forms, encounter each other in the lobby, and run to the elevator so they can go to the roof, but a flying onion-shaped security camera is monitoring them, allowing Kung Food to see what they are doing. After asking Hawk Moth about the two superheroes, Kung Food decides to also cook both Ladybug and Cat Noir in the soup, and sends Jagged Stone to go capture them. Kung Food reveals to Chloé that she is going to be cooked in the soup as well.
Inside, Cat Noir has trouble opening the elevator doors. Kung Food appears in the monitor to reveal his plan. The elevator doors open and reveal Jagged Stone, who wields a sword made entirely out of seafood. Ladybug and Cat Noir easily defeat Jagged Stone by locking him in a closet and go up the elevator.
When Kung Food realized that the heroes defeated Jagged Stone, he sends André Bourgeois to fight them. By the time the elevator stops at a floor level, the Mayor appears in front of Ladybug and Cat Noir, wielding a string of sausages and potatoes. Before Ladybug and/or Cat Noir attack him, he attacks with the string and manages to restrain Cat Noir, but before he can grab Cat Noir's Miraculous, Ladybug tricks him into copying her yo-yo moves with his string, causing him to accidentally bring down a chandelier on top of himself. The fallen chandelier causes a hole in the ceiling, which Ladybug and Cat Noir use to ascend to the floor above.
Kung Food then orders both Alec and Mrs. Césaire to attack the heroes. The two of them meet the heroes, and attack, respectively, with a crossbow that shoots exploding stinky cheese rounds and a bow that shoots cake arrows. After winning the fight, Ladybug and Cat Noir use the elevator to go up to the roof and save Chloé from being boiled alive.
Angry that his soup is ruined, Kung Food begins to fight the heroes. Ladybug assumes the akuma is in Kung Food's chef hat and promptly uses Lucky Charm, which gives her a credit card machine. After mocking her for trying to defeat him with a piece of paper, Kung Food takes a giant sword made of pizza from his bag and resumes his fight with Cat Noir. After using her lucky vision, Ladybug soaks the paper from the machine in Kung Food's soup, and wraps the damp paper around him, trapping him. Cat Noir uses his Cataclysm on Kung Food's bag, and Ladybug grabs the chef hat and tears it apart, revealing the akuma. Ladybug catches the akuma and purifies it. She then tosses the check machine and cleanses the city, returning everything, including the judges and Cheng Shifu, back to normal.
Later, in the kitchen, Marinette asks Wang if he can teach her how to make Celestial Soup. Chloé then appears in the doorway and insults Wang for making the soup again. Irritated, Adrien asks her if her father had kicked her out of the jury for how she had sabotaged the soup. Chloé denies this, saying that she had resigned of her own accord.During another broadcast of The World's Greatest Chef, Wang makes the Celestial Soup again, getting very positive reactions from the judges. Wang tells the judges that he no longer calls it Celestial Soup, but rather Marinette Soup after his great-niece.
- Marinette Dupain-Cheng/Ladybug
- Adrien Agreste/Cat Noir
- Hawk Moth
- Wang Cheng/Kung Food
- Chloé Bourgeois
- Sabine Cheng (mentioned)
- Alya Césaire
- Alec Cataldi
- André Bourgeois
- Jagged Stone
- Marlena Césaire
- Théo Barbot (background)
- Jean Duparc (background)
- Butler Jean (background)
- Unnamed maid (background)
- Internationally, this episode first premiered in France.
- This episode was the fourteenth to air in France.
- The title is a pun of the word "kung fu."
- Adrien's ability to speak Chinese, which is first mentioned in "The Bubbler", is seen in this episode.
- Both Ladybug's and Cat Noir's transformation sequences are sped up and slightly cut.
- Kung Food's facial markings are a reference to the Monkey King Sun Wukong from the chinese novel Journey to the West.
- The pizza sword is a reference to Final Fantasy VII's Buster Sword.
- Jagged Stone, while under Kung Food's control, and Ladybug each run with their arms behind their backs for a moment, which is the way that ninjas run.
- Bruce Lee was considered a reference for the moves Ladybug and Cat Noir use when they are fighting others to get to Kung Food.
- When Ladybug and Cat Noir throw Jagged Stone into the closet, the door handle is backward.
- When Ladybug pulls on Cat Noir's arm to go to the elevator, the spots on her right arm switch.
- As Ladybug and Cat Noir hold on to Cat Noir's staff to get into the room above them, Ladybug's right leg phases through the pole twice.
- As Cat Noir was fighting Kung Food his staff was in his hand but it was still shown attached to his back.
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