Matlock (1986–1995)

The Chef 

During the taping of her TV cooking show, chef Victoria Edwards' ex-husband Mike, whom she hates, samples her cooking, then keels over dead from cyanide poisoning. Ben and Charlene investigate and the killer moves to strike again.


Bob Sweeney


Dean Hargrove (created by), Anne Collins (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Griffith ... Ben Matlock
Linda Purl ... Charlene Matlock
Kene Holiday ... Tyler Hudson (as Kene Holliday)
Roddy McDowall ... Christopher Hoyt
Allan Arbus ... Peter Leonie
Ray Reinhardt Ray Reinhardt ... Stefan Lichtman
James McEachin ... Police Lt. Frank Daniels
Lee Garlington ... Paula
Nancy Lane Nancy Lane ... Leslie
Craig Claiborne Craig Claiborne ... Michael Edwards
Michael Durrell ... D.A. Lloyd Burgess
Cathryn Damon ... Victoria Edwards
Jeff Austin ... Police Officer
Joseph Burke Joseph Burke ... Bakery Manager
Richard Newton Richard Newton ... Judge Richard Cooksey


Ben defends the host of a cooking show when her ex-husband appears on her show and he dies after tasting what she was preparing and it's no big secret that she hates him. Because he wrote a cookbook using her recipes. Later the police find what was used to kill him in her house, when they get an anonymous tip. Ben operates under the assumption that she's the intended target, because other than her, no one has reason to kill her ex-husband,,and normally she tastes what she cooks. And she narrows it down to three men who just happen to be at the taping. So Ben asks the arresting officer to accompany him and record the three men and see if he can identify the anonymous caller. And when he thinks who it might be, Ben goes to see him but finds the man dead. Written by

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

6 January 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final appearance of James McEachin as Lt. Frank Daniels, although McEachin did return for the Season 9 episode The Assault, but in a different role. See more »


During trial testimony, no trained "chef" would crack an egg on the side of the bowl when separating eggs as there is too much of a chance of breaking the yolk. See more »


References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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