The Swedish chef cooks for Ikea

The real Swedish chef was a young cook who messed up while on live TV in the states back in the seventies. Caught in a sudden stagefright he began mumbling to himself in Swedish. The audience were mighty amused and years later, the Muppet show asked if they could base a muppet on the real Swedish chef's live TV cockup. This story isn't enterily unknown, I've even made of note of that dalmål legend in my ascii log, so it seems only fitting that the chef is now used to shill Ikeas foods!

Yep, see the Swedish chef in action at The real Swedish Chef.

Hat tip for the link to Bold forums.

Comments (4)

  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    I was watching the Muppet Show on DVD the other week. In one of the special features they talk about how a concerned viewer wrote in to let them know the Swedish Chef was not actually speaking Swedish.

    Nor any other language that was spoken in Sweden.

    Feb 17, 2006
  • caffeinegoddess's picture

    Wow I had no idea. I learneded something today! :D
    Thanks for the background Dab.

    Feb 18, 2006
  • Dabitch's picture

    the concerned viewer probably never heard Dalm

    Feb 18, 2006
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    Wow, that is really cool. I'll have to head over and have a listen some time.

    Feb 20, 2006

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