Jeremy Stahl gets to the bottom of an important question:
The Swedish Chef does not speak any known language, and the fact that his nonsense words are so widely interpreted as Swedish-sounding is bewildering and annoying to Swedes. "What has always struck me is that the Chef is probably based on a Norwegian sing-songish accent rather than a Swedish one," Maaret Koskinen, a film studies professor at Stockholm University, wrote in an email when I asked her about the Swedish Chef’s cultural influence in Sweden.
Update from a reader:
Were you aware that today is Ingrid Bergman's birthday (b. 1915)? We always eat Swedish Meatballs on August 29th in her honor.
Oh Dish readers.