The Best of the Swedish Chef: Watch the Clumsy Muppet’s Hilarious Kitchen Catastrophes

03/21/2014 at 02:13 PM ET

Muppets Swedish Chef
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Who doesn’t love the Swedish Chef? The unintelligible Muppet has a cooking style that is all his own — often complete with flying utensils!

Plus, he’s even gone head-to-head with the foul-mouthed Gordon Ramsay. Now that takes some gusto.

No matter what he’s cooking (pancakes? meatballs? dessert?), the Chef kicks off his step-by-step tutorials with a silly song and dance before putting his culinary skills to work… or at least trying to before disaster strikes.

In honor of Muppets Most Wanted hitting theaters Friday, revisit these five classic clips from our favorite food-loving puppet. You may not learn how to make a meal, but you will satiate your funny bone!

Making Meatballs
We couldn’t profile the Swedish Chef without a demo of him cooking up a batch of delicious Swedish meatballs! With a sprinkle of seasoning, the Chef’s meaty morsels are one-of-a-kind, with a healthy bounce and a whole lot of fun!

Fun Factor: The meatballs take on double duty as tennis balls in an amusing game with balcony heckler Statler.

Basket’ Case
This recipe is a slam-dunk for the Chef, who goes to court with his Chicken in a Basket dish. He scores extra points for his dribble skills and amusing (albeit indecipherable) play-by-play commentary.

Fun Factor: It’s just in time for March Madness!

Manic for Moose
When it’s time for dessert, the Chef’s chocolate ‘moose’ recipe was off to a good start, with a decadent mix of rich chocolate. But the sweet treat takes a goofy turn when Chef layers the chocolate on the moose.

Fun Factor: The always-loveable Kermit the Frog races in to stop the insanity!

Morning Flap Jacks
The comical cook uses the breakfast staple to illustrate the art of flipping morning flapjacks, proving it’s all in the wrist.

Fun Factor: The Chef doesn’t know his own strength, flinging and sticking each pancake onto the ceiling!

Spring Chicken
Chef discovers that his feathered friends are unwilling subjects as he begins to prepare the Spring Chicken entrée. When he tries to lay down the law, his chickens spring out of control — and out of the kitchen! With a meat cleaver in hand, he attempts to retrieve his main course.

Fun Factor: Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie all make a surprise appearance, offering a few zingers of their own!

—Karen J. Quan

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THE SWEDISH CHEF! The Meatballs and Spring Chicken, priceless! I needed that laugh today!

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No matter how old I get, the Swedish chef will always crack me up!

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