I'd like to make a Goliath who cooks for his team and is generally a friendly guy. He likes cooking a lot, and wants to be a master chef. Unfortunately, life in a Goliath tribe doesn't allow for the pursuit of such a sissy hobby, so he got left behind.
Figured the best subclass for a Goliath Bard would be Valor, to take advantage of the STR/CON boosts and be functionally a half-caster like a Paladin.
Is this a question? If yes and this isnt just about what subclass to pick then here we go.
First, if its renegade culinary exile, lizard man is another option - their savage manufacturing skill will mean with your cooking you can eventually make a meal and cooking tools out of a carcass and the party will like it 'What is... it?' 'Hagissssssss. eat eat!'
Second dont limit yourself to any subclass. You can make any fluff fit your character, just as long as your happy with it.
You MUST take prestidigitation, you can change the heat and taste of something so when you start cooking at low levels and realise your food hasnt cooked properly? 'add magic herbs and spices' If the party never find out the meal was actually raw? meh no problem ahahah.
Bards arent half casters, they full casters and potential headaches for a game at 10th for a gm (magic secrets) when they take paladin or ranger 5th spells a full 7 levels before the class they borrowed them from can cast them. (check out pally auras zey are vewy tazty yez!
Heroes feast is expensive, you might want to grab it with magical secrets if your going for a theme and lore bard subclass magical secret at 6th could get you create food and water - I mean its a non metagame pick but darn it a magic chef who can cook food out of thin jerky and have it taste amazing? priceless!
I was asking for spell advice and such. Might grab the Folk Hero background and such to get artisan's tools proficiency. He left his tribe to become the greatest chef. Making him a Valor Bard was just to take advantage of the Goliath's STR and CON boost.
Well cook out spells and weird uses are covered above :) Lore gives you a third level slot at 6th, the cook thing is background and character building, I cant speak for what your prefer t be / melee or caster but obviously choose the subclass that lets you do what you love :)