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Mama (ママ?) is the titular character who instructs the player through various recipes and rates them based on their performances.

Mama is married to Papa with two children, Ichigo and Ringo, and has a dog named Max. She is well-known for speaking a mixture of Japanese and English, as well as her amusing reactions to mistakes the player makes in the games. In Japan, she is voiced by voice actress Youko Nishino.



Mama has light skin and shoulder-length light brown hair with her thick bangs neatly brushed to the right. It is adorned by a pink kerchief with white polkadot motifs. In Babysitting Mama, the back of her hair has spikes. She has black eyes.

Her initial clothing consists of a white shirt beneath yellow apron, denim pants, white shoes, and a pink kerchief around her hair adorned by white dots. In some games, her attire can be customized.


A passionate housewife and cook, Mama is very knowledgeable. Although Mama is serious when it comes to cooking, she can also be very encouraging and forgiving. She will console those who struggle and offer to help them, and has many friends due to her caring nature. Mama loves to make new friends and feels sad when she's lonely or ignored, but will find new things to do to occupy herself.

Besides cooking, Mama also likes to garden, babysit, and crafting in her spare time. She also enjoys getting in touch with nature by going camping.


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 than 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!"


  • In the North American localization, Mama has a joyful, cute, slightly childish accent. In PAL versions, her voice is notably calmer and more mature with a slight British accent.
  • 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 one of the photos and Japanese promo for Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop, she has a light blue scooter she uses to travel.
  • On the YouTube video "In The Garden", she is shown to be afraid of caterpillars.
  • Based on preferences over certain regional recipes in the Cooking Mama series and the birthplace of her voice actress, it can be assumed that Mama and her family currently live in the Kansai region of Japan or at least have grown up there.


Game Art

Game Screenshots


Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends

Note: These sprites use Mama's default outfit.