Mama (ママ?) is the title character who instructs the player and rates them based on their performances. She has appeared in every installment to date.

She is well known for speaking a mixture of Japanese and English, and her amusing reactions to mistakes the player makes in the games.

Mama is the wife of Papa, and the mother of Ringo and Ichigo.

In Japan, she is voiced by voice actress Youko Nishino.


Mama is a passionate cook who loves to teach others how to do things. A housewife with many skills and talents, Mama also loves to garden, babysit, and do crafts in her spare time. She seems to also enjoy getting in touch with nature by going camping, and despite her feminine hobbies she appears to be tomboyish.

Mama is energetic and bright, and a bit playful. She is serious when it comes to cooking and can be stern if others mess up, but she is never mean. She will try to console others and offer to help them. She is also well-loved by friends and family of all ages, and she cares about them deeply. She tends to grow sad when she thinks they are ignoring her or are too busy for her. She also loves to make new friends.


Mama appears to be half-Asian, half-Caucasian. Her eyes are black (sometimes appearing brown), and she has short flared brown hair with her thick bangs neatly brushed and parted. Her features and simple, and she appears to have no nose.

Mama's common attire consists of a white long sleeved shirt worn with plain blue jeans, white shoes, and a golden orange apron worn over it. In her hair she wears a pink kerchief with white polka dots. In later games her outfits can be customized by the player.


Sound Transcript Game(s)
N/A "Perfect! Just as skilled as Mama!" Cooking Mama
N/A "Good job! Keep going!" Cooking Mama
N/A "Don't worry. Mama will fix it." Cooking Mama
"Wonderful! Better than Mama!" Cooking Mama: Cook Off
"Not bad, keep going!" Cooking Mama: Cook Off
"I will help you." Cooking Mama: Cook Off
"Do not mind!" Cooking Mama: Cook Off
"Bravo!" Cooking Mama: Cook Off
"Wow! A new record!" Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends
"Try again!" Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends
"Terrific! Even better then Mama!" Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends
"Great! You gave it your best effort!" Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends
"Don't worry, Mama will fix this." Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends
"Cooking Mama 2 - Dinner With Friends" Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends
"We did it." Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends
"Wow! Even better than Mama!" Cooking Mama: World Kitchen, Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures, Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop
"Keep it up." Cooking Mama: World Kitchen, Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures, Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop
"It's okay. Mama will help you." Cooking Mama: World Kitchen, Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures, Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop
"Perfect! Mama's impressed!"
"Excellent! Looks like Mama's out of the job!"
"Great! Maybe you should teach me!"
"Perfect! Look who's teaching Mama now!"
"Way to go! Now you can take over for Mama!"
"Wow! You are better than Papa!"
"Hooray! Mama's impressed!"
"It's perfect! Mama's impressed!"
"C'mon! You can do it!"
"Don't cry!"
"Baby's about to cry!"
"Oh! I wonder who that is?"
"Baby's laughing!"
"Sorry to keep you waiting!"
"Hold the baby like Mama."
"Oh my!"
"Not bad."
"No, no, no! Please don't shake the baby!"
"Great! Keep it up!"
"Don't rush it!"
"You got a new recipe!"
"Don't worry!"
"You did it!"
"I'm impressed!"
"Watch for the right timing."
"It's OK, Mama will help you."
"Don't delay!"
"Now for the final results."
"Way to go! You'll be a great Mama!"
"Don't do that!"
"Ta-da! Time for pictures!"
"*sighs* Oh, well!"
"What a mess!"
"I'll be right there!"
"What a cutie!"
"That's it! Pretty soon, you'll be great!"
"It's okay!"
"That's why Mama is number one!"
"That was so close."
"Wait here, OK?"
"All right! Next."
"Mama's impressed!"
"Oh! I just thought of something."
"Come here, cutie."
"Where's Mama? Where could Mama be?"
"Oh! I just got a great idea."
"Here's Mister Rattle."
"It's Mr. Teddy!"
"How about a bath?"
"Time to wash your hair."
"Is baby hungry?"
"Let's all eat together!"
"It's milk time for baby! Let's have milk with everyone."
"Tell Mama what you want."
"How about a snack?"
"Baby ate a lot."
"You are even better than Papa!"
"How about a massage?" Babysitting Mama
"Yikes! Uh oh!"
"Oh no! What now?"
"No, not like that!"
"No, no, no!"


  • Mama has always had a joyful, cute, slightly childish accent when she speaks, until 2017, where she adapts to a new European PAL voice she had in that region.
  • As Mama has her own brand named items in series, it can be assumed she is famous or an established figure in the Cooking Mama world.
  • In Wii games like Babysitting Mama the back of her hair has more spikes.
  • In one of the photos and in the Japanese promo for Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop, she has a light blue scooter she uses to travel.
  • In the YouTube video "In The Garden", she is shown to be afraid of caterpillars.


Game Art

Game Screenshots


Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends

Note: These sprites use Mama's default outfit.