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Sara "Mama" Tomoko (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 (later to adopt the Europeon PAL voice since Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop), 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.

She was born in 1976. Mama is 30 years old.


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 going camping too, which may show a somewhat tomboyish nature.

Mama is very happy, perky, and just a bit playful, but she's also serious about cooking and other things, and when someone makes a mistake or messes up she will try to console them or offer them help.

Mama is very well loved by friends and family, and she loves them back. 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 is half-Asian, half-Caucasian. Her eyes are black, and her hair is a light shade of brown, and is shoulder/neck length with neatly brushed bangs pointing towards the right with a small part of them framing the left side of her face. She also has no nose. If the player scores, she'll have stars in her eyes. If the player fails, her eyes will have flames in them.

Mama's common attire consists of a white long sleeved shirt worn with plain blue jeans, white shoes, and an 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.


"All right, let's play!"

"Eww not mine" - from Cooking Mama Cook Off

"Wow! Even better than Mama!" - from Cooking Mama 3

"Don't cry!" - from Babysitting Mama

"Wow! A new record!" - from Cooking Mama 2

"Try again!" - from Cooking Mama 2

"Baby's about to cry!" - from Babysitting Mama

"Oh! I wonder who that is?" - from Babysitting Mama

"Baby's laughing!" - from Babysitting Mama

"Hooray! Mama's impressed!" - from Cooking Mama 3

"It's perfect! Mama's impressed!" - from Cooking Mama 3

"Don't worry! Mama will fix this!" - from Cooking Mama 2

"Don't rush it!"

"You did it!"

"I'm impressed!"

"Watch for the right timing."

"Great! You gave it your best effort!" - from Cooking Mama 2

"Terrific! Even better then Mama!" - from Cooking Mama 2

"It's OK, Mama will help you!"

"Sorry to keep you waiting!" - from Babysitting Mama

"Hold the baby like Mama." - from Babysitting Mama

"Oh my!" - from Babysitting Mama

"Not bad." - from Babysitting Mama

"Great! Keep it up!" - from Gardening Mama

"Don't delay!"

"Keep it up!"

"No, no, no! Please don't shake the baby!" - from Babysitting Mama

"C'mon! You can do it!" - from Cooking Mama 3






"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?" -From Babysitting Mama's Mama massage game


  • Mama has a joyful, cute, slightly childish accent when she speaks, until 2017, where she adapts to the Europeon PAL voice.
  • As Mama has her own brand named items, she may be a well-known 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 to the supermarket and just about anywhere.


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