So you think you can write a funny caption? Come on, now.. you know you can! Today, I am thrilled and pretty much crazed with excitement to be able to share this with you. New Yorker’s super talented cartoonist Liza Donnelly drew a cartoon JUST FOR THIS BLOG!! Now, all you have to do is give her a caption she loves. She will pick the winner and I will send the winner a KINDLE copy of her new book, Women on Men  and a KINDLE copy of my new book, A Life of Spice,

Here is the cartoon and Liza says, “”Cartoonists write captions as they draw the idea (and sometimes the other way around): the two are integral and hard to separate. But, my advice is to  have fun with this image, go wild, go intellectual, go playful. Whatever strikes you!”:

Chef drawing

Here are her rules:

1. This contest is only open to non-New Yorker Magazine people
2. Being lewd will get you nowhere
3. Judge:  Liza Donnelly, New Yorker cartoonist

How to enter:
1. Post your caption here in the comments section.
2. Enter as many times as you like.
3. You can be based anywhere but the prizes are KINDLE files. I will gift the winner the two books on Amazon.
4. Liza will determine the winner on Friday, May 15th at 1:00 pm est. And we will post the winning caption along with the cartoon right here so do stay tuned!!


Liza Donnelly is a staff cartoonist with The New Yorker Magazine. When she first began selling toThe New Yorker in 1979, she was the youngest and one of only three cartoonists who were women. Donnelly is a public speaker and has spoken at TED, the United Nations, and The New Yorker Festival, among many other places. Donnelly has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC and BetterTV, and has been profiled on radio and in numerous magazines, newspapers and online. Donnelly’s cartoons and commentary can be seen on various websites:;;;;; Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The Nation and The Harvard Business Review, and her cartoons have been exhibited around the world.

Donnelly has published fifteen books, her most recent is When Do They Serve the Wine?: The Folly, Flexibility, and Fun of Being a Woman (2010, Chronicle Books). She also wrote Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists And Their CartoonsSex and Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love…in 200 Cartoons and Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony by The New Yorker’s Cartooning Couple (with Michael Maslin).

She conceived of and is editor for World Ink, a site of international cartoons from contributors around the globe on She is a charter member of an international project, Cartooning for Peace, helping to promote understanding around the world through humor.  Her website is and her blog Donnelly teaches part-time at Vassar College. and is a member of PEN, Authors Guild and the National Cartoonist Society. She and her husband, New Yorker cartoonist, Michael Maslin, live in New York.

What will you win? Here are the two books –











Chef drawing contest final-1



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  1. Truly a “Top Chef” who towers over all the rest!

  2. Supposedly, he got his head stuck in the pasta extruder years ago.

  3. “And he’s only a sous-chef.”

  4. You know what they say about a chef with a big toque? Big head.

  5. “he’s cooking a souffle under his hat”

  6. “You need a hat that tall to contain such an ego.”

  7. “Looks like SOMEONE is overcompensating for having a small knife.”

    1. Tom Racine – you won!!!! I will be emailing you both the books soon!! Thanks so much!!!

  8. “do you think that’s his head, or is chef just happy to see us?”

  9. Apprentice chefs waiting to perform in the shadow of their master

  10. “Today a toque, tomorrow the world.”

  11. ‘Don’t worry. He can only make the same mistake five times.’

  12. “Who does he think he is? Top Hat Chef?”

  13. That’s one toque over the line.

  14. No wonder the guests don’t like the cocktail wieners.

  15. But his hat us too tall?!

  16. My chef hat is bigger than all of yours put together

  17. I know his ex, and she said the hat only correlates to the size of his ego….

  18. How not to cook a dry soup

  19. He should have listened to his Mother saying ‘Don’t let things go to your head’.

  20. Jane Grant Tougas

    Toque envy.

  21. Jane Grant Tougas

    If Pinocchio were a chef.

  22. Jane Grant Tougas

    Napoleon conquers in the kitchen.

  23. He’s known for his whoppers..can’t you tell by his Pinocchio hat?

  24. He’s taking his cooking to a higher level.

  25. I am not eligible, of course, but I cannot help myself! Here is mine – “And this, people, is how you dispose off the body”


  26. When I can balance a stick of celery on my head as large as that, I too will become a master chef!

  27. He toques big, but let’s see if he woks the wok.

    1. Jane Grant Tougas

      The one is hilarious and “feels” like the New Yorker.

  28. This was the only way they could get the pastry chef to help out on the hot line.

  29. Pierre’s habit of always adding too much yeast has now extended to his hair gel.

  30. Abe Lincoln was his idol.

  31. The other pant leg he uses to strain his yougurt.

    1. As Julia Cild used to say, “You can. always tell the size of a chef’s spatula by the height of his hat”

      1. Spelling error. It’s from Jan Marshall. Big hats always make her a bit faklempt.

  32. They say the chef with the biggest hat wins….

  33. Recipe Mnemonic competition:
    [S]hitake, [H]eart of palm, [A]nise, [K]ale, [E]ggplant. Yeah shake it off – shake it off…wait. What were we doing?

  34. (inside though bubble) “Statistically, one out of five people don’t wash their hands…”

  35. I saw that same hat at Target. I almost bought it but to be fair I should really enroll in this course first.

  36. Only the trainee closest to him is thinking, what happens after Chef has run out of HIS fingers?

  37. So that’s where he hides the peels!

  38. Watch out! If he stops, his toque deflates.

  39. We just punch it down every evening and let it rise again.

  40. Lisa Collier Cool

    Big hat, not much food.

  41. “He hides his secret recipes there”

  42. i like luca marchiori’s one :). And here’s my attempt:
    “Lesson 10: Finger Foods”

  43. “With a annual bonus, they allow you to accrue 2 inches every year of tenure”

  44. Thinner the slice, taller the hat!!

  45. We punch it down but it just keeps rising…

  46. He used to work at Trump Tower.

  47. Taste of mettle is all hat and no kettle!

  48. Popsy Kanagaratnam

    Toques in waiting…and the Big Toque.

  49. Must be a tall rat hiding in there.

  50. Looks like the chef stores his tricks and tips in his toque!

  51. With the right recipe, one is a majority.

  52. That is one tough toque.

  53. That is one tall toquer.

  54. I heard he has a Marge Simpson haircut he regrets.

  55. Ummmmm! he is the CONEHEAD masterchef.

  56. When they turn off the heat, it turns into a beret.

  57. Size does matter

  58. So that’s where Jaime Oliver’s been hiding.

  59. Culinary perfection? A tall order— master chefs in waiting.

  60. “I hear he is all toque”

  61. “He has never been chopped.”

  62. THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! We will be posting the winner shortly

  63. Just like the guy with the new red Ferrari, Chef here must be compensating for something.

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