A Grundo Chef's Legacy
Gargarox Isafuhlarg, the monster-sized, yet mild-mannered mutant Grundo, has been
running Grundos on the Virtupets Space Station for several years now. Better known
as the Grundo Chef, Gargie (as he is affectionately referred to by close friends
and family) is, without a doubt, the most innovative and hard-working cook Neopia
has ever seen. Responsible for introducing such delicacies as Beef Rouladen and
Spotted Pudding to Neopia, Gargarox will certainly be remembered for as long as
Neopians continue to have cravings for odd kitchen concoctions.
Everyone who has eaten at Grundos knows how much Gargarox adores cooking,
but that is pretty much all that anyone really knows about him. What is this
gentle giant's story? Many Neopians have just been dying to know, and lucky
for you, I have the full dirt that Gargie's friends and family were happy to
Gargarox was born into a loving, yet competitive family of green Grundos.
The youngest of four brothers, Gargie (as his mother came to call him) always
aspired to be just like his older siblings. His father, Horace Isafuhlarg, had
been a Gormball champion in his day, as had his father (Gargarox's grandfather).
All three of Gargarox's older brothers were star Gormball players, making Horace
the proudest Grundo dad in Neopia. Naturally, Gargarox wished to follow in his
siblings' and father's footsteps to make his family name proud by becoming a
star Gormball champion, but sadly, it was not to be.
Up until the age of ten, Gargie strived with Little League Gormball practices
and tried his best at all the home games, but his hand/eye coordination was
terrible, and the coach often kept him seated on the bench. Still, being benched
did not dampen little Gargie's spirits. He always cheered his teammates on and
congratulated them on their wins.
One day, around mid-afternoon, while Gargie and his team mates were out on
the field practicing for the upcoming Gormball Championship, a strange looking
delivery truck pulled up in front of the coach's office. Gargarox grew suspicious,
as he saw a tall, cloaked figure jump out of the cab and rush into the office.
Quietly and cautiously, Gargie approached the office door and put his ear to
it. At first, all he could hear was muffled conversation, but it soon turned
to shouting, and Gargie, fearing for his coach's safety, pushed open the door
and ran in. Gargie to the rescue, he thought, but how very wrong he was!
Standing before him, with an iron grip around his coach's neck, was none other
than Dr. Sloth himself! Gargarox, who had only read about the evil scientist
in books, screamed in horror and turned to flee. Dr. Sloth, who had been attempting
to once again put together a strong Grundo army, quickly pulled a strange vial
from within his cloak and tossed it straight at poor Gargie, just as he reached
the door. The vial smashed over the top of Gargarox's head, and a putrid, green
liquid washed over his skin. Both Gargie and the coach screamed as a green cloud
of smoke engulfed Gargarox. Dr. Sloth fled to his truck, jumped in and sped
The coach rushed toward the large green cloud , ready to pull Gargie out,
but sickening gurgling sounds stopped him dead in his tracks. "G..Gargie? Are
you alright?" the coach stammered. Silence ensued. The coach grew nervous. What
had Dr. Sloth done to the boy? "Gargie? Answer me!" he demanded. A deafening
roar ripped through the silence, shaking the walls of the tiny office. The coach
shouted in fright, ran past the cloud and out the door. The rest of the young
Grundos had fled at hearing the terrifying roar.
Back inside the office, the putrid, green cloud had begun to dissipate, revealing
a monstrous figure standing in its midst. Authorities arrived on the scene immediately,
and were shocked to find a green mutant Grundo curled up in the corner of the
room, crying like a frightened child. Gargie's parents, having heard about the
incident, had rushed to the playing field to make sure their youngest baby was
"Momma!" the mutant hollered at seeing Mrs. Isafuhlarg enter the room. Everyone
gasped, as they realized that the hideous mutant was, in fact, Gargarox! The
evil Dr. Sloth had heartlessly poisoned the young Grundo with a transmogrification
potion. Now three times the size of a normal Grundo, Gargarox stood at a good
nine feet tall. His face was the scariest of all. His red eyes seemed to glare
menacingly at everyone, striking fear into the hearts of all he cast his eyes
upon, but their fears were soon assuaged when they saw the fat tears leaking
out of those red eyes. Gargie sobbed and sniffled, instantly breaking everyone's
heart. He was a boy trapped in a mutant's body. "What is to become of our son?"
his father wailed. No one could provide him with an answer.
Because of his frightening appearance, Gargarox was taken out of public school
and placed in a homeschooling program. At first glance, he looked like a blood-thirsty
monster ready to rip someone apart limb from limb, but then he'd give his sweet,
lopsided grin and everything would be fine. Over the years, while his brothers
and friends would go out to play Gormball, Gargie would remain indoors and watch
his mother cook. He'd occasionally help out with a recipe or two, and after
a while, he came to realize how much he enjoyed cooking. His mother would hand
him a clean apron and a wooden stirring spoon and let him go to work. His size
made him clumsy, but he was always as gentle as he could possibly be.
He'd occasionally join his brothers and father outside for a family game of
Gormball, but cooking became his real passion, and he no longer cared whether
or not he could play Gormball professionally. For his 15th birthday, his mother
gave him The Book. Passed down for many a Isafuhlarg Grundo family generation,
The Book contained hundreds of recipes that were both odd and delicious.
Presently age 32, Gargarox runs Grundos, a quaint little cafe on the Virtupets
Space Station. He has come a long way from a little Grundo who loved to play
in his mother's kitchen and has since introduced many strange, yet surprisingly
popular dishes to the pets of Neopia. He still has The Book, which he plans
on passing down to his own children some day, and turns to it for inspiration
from time to time. He likes to call his creations Gargarox's Delights, and when
Neopets ask him what his favorite dish is, he smiles his lopsided smile and
proudly says, "My very own Spotted Pudding!" Gargie's legacy is truly one to
be remembered for always and will most likely be added to little Neopets' history
books some day!
What are Gargarox's future plans? Smiling mischievously, Gargie only reveals
two projects which he is working on for the future. One is to publish his very
own recipe book entitled Space Delicacies and the other is to cater for the
upcoming Gormball Championships! He still plays with his brothers and friends
when he's not in the kitchen whipping up some Spotted Pudding, and he is content
because his father is very, very proud of him! Here's to Gargarox and his Grundo
Chef legacy! *digs into Spotted Pudding* (Yum!)
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