A golden spatula is a specific type of spatula that first appears in the episode "Plankton!"
It is completely golden, except for the black handle. Many golden spatulas are prominently featured in the Battle for Bikini Bottom video game as one of the main objectives is to collect as many golden spatulas as possible. Golden spatulas have been known to be awarded to the great chefs and bakers of Applied Nutrition 3.
It serves as a gift from Plankton to SpongeBob in order to befriend him. It even has SpongeBob's name carved into it. Plankton claims it will be his birthday the following day, and SpongeBob is invited to his party. Plankton then says he wants SpongeBob to get him a Krabby Patty for his birthday in return for the golden spatula. Upon saying this, SpongeBob then realizes that all Plankton really wants is the Krabby Patty secret formula and is thus deceiving him.
They are collectibles and if the player collects all 100, an extra life/bonus area will be unlocked.
Battle for Bikini Bottom
The golden spatulas act as a goal for completing a level/task. Once the player has collected a golden spatula during a task, the player knows that it is completely finished. Once the player has received one from a task, the player cannot receive the same one or a different one from that task, even if the player redoes all of the steps for getting it.
The golden spatulas are one of the main collectible items in the game, alongside shiny objects and Patrick's socks, as there are 100 golden spatulas in all. At least one can be found in each level, the amount ranging from 1-8. Here is a list of levels with their spatula amounts (representing the number in parentheses):
It appears as an item that the player can touch to earn 10,000 points.
The golden spatula featured in this game is the only collectible treasure in level 6.
In the console version of Battle for Bikini Bottom, once the player defeats Robo-Patrick at Industrial Park, they cannot trade shiny objects for spatulas until they save the Krusty Krab.
In "SpongeBob You're Fired," Mr. Krabs mentions that golden spatulas were used as a form of achievement while he was in the navy. He tells Squidward, "I was five times golden spatula in the navy, so I'll be runnin' the grill."