Cooking in the Shinra Tower
Tseng doesn’t cook unless absolutely necessary, and even then, he only cooks the barest minimum. He does, however, have an excellent collection of take-out menus, and over his years with Shinra, he’s slowly become the guy who always knows the best places to eat. A running joke has it that if Tseng ever retires from the Turks, he would end up writing for various food magazines in Midgar.
Reno can cook, but he rarely does. In fact, the only proof anyone has that he can cook is the one time Rude was too sick to get out of the bed, food kept appearing on his nightstand every time Reno dropped by to check on him. There was a suspicious lack of take-out boxes in the trash when Rude eventually stumbled into the kitchen. As it stands, Rude has never asked, and Reno has never volunteered. He will help cut vegetables though, if someone else is cooking, but it is generally a good idea to give him more vegetables than are actually needed, because he grazes while he cuts.
Rude, Junon boy at heart, grew up with thick fish stews and chowders and more seafood than almost anything else. He still prefers seafood, but he cooks far more Wutaian these days, especially after cooking with Reeve and for Tseng became a common thing. He’s okay with that though, because the Little Wutai markets in Upper Eight are far better stocked than the few Junon specialty shops he has found.
Elena bakes, but she doesn’t cook. And even more importantly, she bakes by look and feel more than by any sort of actual recipe. She occasionally jots down notes when she particularly likes something she’s come up with, but everyone knows better than to actually expect her to ever make the same thing again. Reeve often steals her notes and formulates actual recipes out of them.
Reeve both cooks and bakes, but he is a stickler for recipes. Almost everything he’s ever made has been handwritten onto an index card in a set of perfectly labeled boxes in his kitchen. He has a box purely for Tseng’s favorites and a box purely for Elena’s confections. Everyone in Urban Dev fights for the privilege of attending a meeting with Reeve, because everyone knows that no matter how long the meeting may be, Reeve always brings an assortment of homemade baked goods to thank everyone for their patience.
Rufus likes to watch people cook, and he can cook breakfast. Truthfully, he could probably cook anything he wanted if he bothered to try, but the fact is, he prefers to eat out, if only because he can have it delivered to his office where it will sit in his fridge for a few days until Tseng comes by and demands to know the last time Rufus ate. Then it will be reheated and Rufus will eat it, just to make Tseng happy.
Sephiroth has been a vegetarian for years, and he doesn’t often let anyone else prepare his food. Among SOLDIERs, this is often viewed as another point of his finicky nature, but the truth is, the sheer number of experiments and extreme stress his body is under has left him with dozens of allergies. It’s easier and safer for him to prepare his own food, and he’s learned what he can and can’t cook with. He will, however, eat food that Reeve has prepared if Reeve knew he was coming by.