“Baby Chef, Baby Chef, he’s praying for an early death…”

When people talk about children’s television, they tend to wheel out the old cliche about the programmes being “…on drugs!” By drugs, they either mean speed – as shorthand for the super-fast cutting and attention deficit disorder many such programmes display – or LSD, to reflect the weirdness of what’s on screen.

Baby TV’s Baby Chef is on drugs too, but it’s not on speed or on LSD. It’s on heroin.


Before I get into this I’d just like to say that Baby TV is brilliant. Toddlers love it, it’s mainly quite gentle and relaxing, and it’s entirely ad-free. But it also shows Baby Chef.

Baby Chef is a simple wee programme. A puppet chef with the amazingly original name of Cheffy Chef teaches toddlers how to cook, with the help of a mute, lipstick-wearing teapot.

This is, of course, perfectly normal in the world of kids’ TV.

What’s not normal, however, is the theme tune. I believe that Baby Chef is made somewhere in Europe, and the YouTube clips I’ve been able to find of it have a brilliant theme tune recorded by someone who sounds like a cheaper Pavarotti. Here in the UK, though, the theme tune has been handed to somebody who (a) doesn’t have any timing; (b) couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket; and (c) hates himself and wants to die.

It’s extraordinary, it really is. “Baby Chef! Baby Chef!” sing the kiddies. “Cooking is a lot of fun”, Baby Chef honks back, putting the shotgun into his mouth. “Baby Chef! Baby Chef!” the children coo. “It’s fun for everyone,” Baby Chef sobs, his finger tightening on the trigger.

I’m not making this up. Check it out for yourself: BabyTV’s on the second or third page of Sky’s “Kids” category, and Baby Chef’s on at 9am.

Or at least, he was today. I’m not convinced he’ll still be around tomorrow.





0 responses to ““Baby Chef, Baby Chef, he’s praying for an early death…””

  1. Have you seen Waybuloo on Cbeebies? It’s, like, way trippy, man. Like. Wow.

  2. Gary

    I’ve been trying to track it down – it’s hard to find on Sky’s bloody awful EPG. Is it good?

  3. Squander Two

    Not seen that, due to switching from CBeebies to Milkshake. Milkshake is class, and, now I think of it, short on the trippy stuff. Apart from Bottletop Bill And Corky. That’s kind of weird.

  4. Try this. All that’s missing is the inflatable pig.


  5. karl

    this is the most ridiculous programme i have ever seen, they use far too much bad ingredients in there food such as too much salt, sugar, butter etc, it should be called baby gunna be obese by the time your 12,