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.


"All right, let's play!"

"Perfect! Just as skilled as Mama!" - from Cooking Mama

"Good job! Keep going!" - from Cooking Mama

"Don't worry. Mama will fix it." - from Cooking Mama

"Wonderful! Better than Mama!" - from Cooking Mama: Cook Off

"Not bad, keep going!" - from Cooking Mama: Cook Off

"I will help you." - from Cooking Mama: Cook Off

"Do not mind!" - from Cooking Mama: Cook Off

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

"Try again!" - from Cooking Mama 2

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

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

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

"Wow! Even better than Mama!" - from Cooking Mama: World Kitchen

"Keep it up!" - from Cooking Mama: World Kitchen

"It's okay. Mama will help you." - from Cooking Mama: World Kitchen

"Perfect! Mama's impressed!" - from Cooking Mama: World Kitchen

"Excellent! Looks like Mama's out of the job!" - from Cooking Mama: World Kitchen

"Great! Maybe you should teach me!" - from Cooking Mama: World Kitchen

"Perfect! Look who's teaching Mama now!" - from Cooking Mama: World Kitchen

"Way to go! Now you can take over for Mama!" - from Cooking Mama: World Kitchen

"Wow! You are better than Papa!" - from Cooking Mama: World Kitchen

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

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

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

"Don't cry!" - from Babysitting Mama

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

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

"Baby's laughing!" - from Babysitting Mama

"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

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

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

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


  • Mama has always had a joyful, cute, slightly childish accent when she speaks, until 2017, where she adapts to the Europeon 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.


Game Art

Game Screenshots

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