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Gastronome Class


Even cooks go on adventures sometimes! 

A chef must forge their culinary path, discovering new cuisine and techniques along with finding rare ingredients. Most importantly, practice makes perfect, and what better test subjects than your friends around a campfire. 

The Gastronome is a complete class for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. The class was inspired by notable chef celebrities, with subclasses that resemble their real-life counterparts. The Gastronome integrates unique flavors that possess potent benefits when eaten. By harnessing this knowledge, the Gastronome can impart these boons to allies both in battle and after a long day of adventuring. 

Inside You Will Find: 

  • Gastronome class description
  • Three unique Culinary Paths
    • Brigade Chef: A chef that specializes in enduring long days of being in the kitchen and indomitable courage. 
    • Culinary Maestro: A chef that leads their kitchen staff (and adventuring party) while possessing a sharp tongue to dish out the harshest of criticisms. 
    • Revolutionist: A rebel chef that masters the ability to incorporate hidden flavors and being able to change their prepared flavors when necessary. 
  • Rules for Culinary Duels! Inspired by competitive cooking shows such as Iron Chef, Top Chef, and Chopped. Now you can take your Gastronomes on a chef vs. chef battle to determine whose cuisine reigns supreme. 
Special Thanks to Chef Mike Haracz for collaborating for the inspiration for this class.

This project is dedicated to the late Anthony Bourdain, who passed away during the development of this class. He was an inspiration for me as a culinary nerd, world explorer, and writer. He will be deeply missed. 

Other Titles: 

Journey into the FeywildFactotum winds of midwinter

This project was made possible by the awesome people who support me on Patreon.

Please feel free to send me feedback to improve the class! 

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Angela M February 15, 2019 8:07 am UTC
Being able to cast a minute of "Haste" on a handful of people at a time sounds like a DM's nightmare, lol. Not 100% sure if that particular meal flavor is a little OP. What were your thoughts when choosing spells that could be imparted through flavors? I'm considering fiddling with them a little for thematic reasons, but I'm curious :)
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Jacky L February 15, 2019 8:52 am UTC
It might still be a little OP. It was one that gave me pause when I originally wrote it. I rationalized that the earliest a Gastronome could acquire this powerful flavor was at 11th level, which would still require spending actions to feed adjacent allies, compared to the spell having a range of 30 feet. I also rationalized the idea with a Sorcerer casting the Haste spell with the Twinned Spell metamagic. Granted, haste as a spell required concentration while the flavors did not, so there was always the chance to lose the benefits. It's worth a look again.

As for my thoughts when it came to choosing spells that could be imparted through flavors: Since the class was mechanically driven to provide effects and buffs (at greater precedence than even classes like the Bard), I spent time looking at spells that would first qualify as a buff. Using the spell's level to determine the minimum level of entry for a spellcaster, and then I treated the Gastronome as a caster with a similar progression as the arcane...See more
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Angela M February 15, 2019 9:50 am UTC
I'd maybe consider having it cast a modified Expeditious Retreat instead? It's normally a 1st level self-targeting spell, but being able to do this for multiple people might be fun?

"When you cast this spell, and then as a bonus action on each of your turns until the spell ends, you can take the Dash action"
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Jacky L February 15, 2019 10:11 am UTC
That definitely works, go for it!
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Angela M February 15, 2019 2:25 am UTC
Got a little turned around with hors d'oeuvre rules. What is the time increments for making your allotment (1 + CON) of hors d'oeuvre? It says you are limited, but doesn't express if it's limited per long rest, or limited by the amount of ingredients you can store in your pack and have to go shopping, etc.
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Jacky L February 15, 2019 5:38 am UTC
Hi Angela,

Thanks for reaching out, and yes I can see the concern here, it would seem there was a line or two missing for the allotted hors-d'oeuvres and changing them out. I will note this in an upcoming update for the class, but it should include a line that states: "You can change which hors-d'oeuvres you have prepared in your pack after acquiring new ingredients and completing a long rest." Mechanically, it can be changed after finishing a long rest, but for flavor and roleplay, you can include the element of shopping for the Gastronome too. I hope that helps, and thank you immensely for the feedback!
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Angela M February 15, 2019 8:00 am UTC
thank you so much for getting back to me! That helps me a lot! I'm planning on reflavoring (heh) this as a Mixologist for an upcoming streaming game I'm playing, with hors-d'oeuvres being "shots" and meals services becoming "cocktail hours". I can't wait, and will absolutely sing this homebrews praises!
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Jacky L February 15, 2019 8:35 am UTC
You're welcome! I love the Mixologist reflavor, that sounds super awesome!
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Angela M February 15, 2019 8:41 am UTC
(sorry for too many comments :P) there's also a incomplete sentence on page 8:

Starting at 10th level, your food becomes tantalizing and
you master."
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Jacky L February 15, 2019 8:55 am UTC
Noted! Thank you! It should be read as: "Starting at 10th level, your food becomes tantalizing and you master the ability to endow the powers of flavor from your dishes to allies who smell your wonderful cooking."

- Somehow this was in the original draft document but did not get transferred over to the PDF. Odd. I'll have to see what happened with that.
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Angela M May 28, 2019 7:07 am UTC
Hi there! I have sent you an email (or attempted to) regarding the mixologist idea I'm working on (it's going gangbusters btw :) ) thank you again for being so responsive and awesome with my unending comments and questions. Have a good one!
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Michael N July 15, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
fun concept! am a bit curious about some rules though

for meal services are they cooked at the start of the day and stored like prepping spells or they cooked on the spot?
and if its the former would their be a limitation to how much chow a person can eat in a day?

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Jacky L July 16, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
A little bit of both, but for mechanical purposes, it's assumed that you have the equivalent of MREs, but you can also have precooked ingredients to assemble quickly to make a decent meal from them. For subclasses such as the Revolutionist, where they can replace Flavors, it's similar to the idea that the Gastronome had the extra ingredients available to alter the meal accordingly. There's no limitation how much food a person can eat in a day (unless your DM wants to impose such a restriction), but the effects from Flavors do not stack.

Hope that answers your question!
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Michael N July 17, 2018 12:03 am UTC
indeed it does!

and it also tangentially clears up somthing else cause I thought each individual "meal plan" had its own 1+con mod but its that across all possible meals which makes much more sense

time for Rungar Sporkweaver the Golaith food artisan to shine!
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Angela M February 26, 2019 4:44 am UTC
Quick clarification: I'm reading this as, rather than you MUST serve 1+CON number of people in one sitting during a meal service, you have 1+CON SERVINGS of that meal service? Like, you can spread out those meals over the course of a day, serving someone 1+CON times rather than having to feed them all at once?

is that an accurate reading?
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Jacky L February 26, 2019 5:55 am UTC
You have 1+Con servings of meal service. I'll make a note of it. And yes, it means that you can spread out the meals over the course of the day.
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Ozzy B June 24, 2018 9:51 pm UTC
This is fun! Also thank you for the dedication to Anthony Bourdain, that's a wonderful touch.
I'm now playing with the idea of a one shot of all Gastronomes. :)
(Came here from the Escape from Flavortown stream).
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Jacky L June 24, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
Aww, thank you! It was a lot of fun to make. I have a lot of Anthony Bourdain's books & was a devoted fan since his first televised appearance, his passing hurt me deeply. I'm also going to be hosting a Gastronome inspired one-shot for some of my friends soon too! I hope you enjoy it!
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