5 gourmet games to level up your quarantine cooking (Maybe)

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Food. Eats. Nibbles. Scran. Whatever you want to call it, all of us eat, and for many of us, cramming our faces represents one of the most enjoyable pastimes. And, in this era of social distancing, it’s never been more important to have some basic culinary know-how. After all, how will you take comfort in delicious carbs or slow-cooked protein if you don’t know a dauphinois from a bouillabaisse?

While it can be hard learning the skills to cook like a boss, it certainly doesn’t have to be a chore. There are tonnes of fun and inventive cooking games out there, with fantastic looking videogame food and all the knowledge you need. So let our list of excellent cooking games turn you from a once-round-the-fridge into a masterful gourmand.

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Food. Eats. Nibbles. Scran. Whatever you want to call it, all of us eat, and for many of us, cramming our faces represents one of the most enjoyable pastimes. And, in this era of social distancing, it’s never been more important to have some basic culinary know-how. After all, how will you take comfort in delicious carbs or slow-cooked protein if you don’t know a dauphinois from a bouillabaisse?

While it can be hard learning the skills to cook like a boss, it certainly doesn’t have to be a chore. There are tonnes of fun and inventive cooking games out there, with fantastic looking videogame food and all the knowledge you need. So let our list of excellent cooking games turn you from a once-round-the-fridge into a masterful gourmand.

Overcooked! 2

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In this fun yet educational cooking game, you and three friends must assemble a variety of dishes against the clock, either in couch co-op or online play. Taking place in the mystical Onion Kingdom, you’ll build a number of dishes, including sushi, cakes, burgers, and pizzas, all in a variety of wonderful themed kitchen maps. And while the game doesn’t go out of its way to teach you to cook, you’ll at least learn the basics of food safety by extinguishing kitchen fires.

Cooking Mama

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This cookery-simulator was originally launched on the DS, and allowed players to create a variety of dishes from scratch with a little help from Mama. Cooking Mama has spawned a long line of sequels including the most recent, Cooking Cookstar on Switch, as well as spinoffs, like Gardening Mama. No one makes it like mama does.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!

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The year is 2042, war has ravaged America and changed the very face of society itself. But you don’t care about that, as you manage a foodtruck, and travel across the country competing in the Iron Cook Foodtruck Championships. You must manage the kitchen, look after your robot sous-chefs, and produce a variety of dishes to feed the forlorn inhabitants of the future.

Cooking Simulator

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This cooking sim is slightly more ‘what it says on the tin’, teaching you the culinary craft with a straightforward approach. In Cooking Simulator you take control of a state-of-the-art kitchen, cooking with real ingredients and unlocking over 80 vibrant recipes. The simulator also has all kinds of utensils and realistic physics, so you can still experience the joy of that first pancake flip.

Battle Chef Brigade Deluxe

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In the most out-there of our selection, the gorgeous anime cooking simulator, Battle Chef: Brigade, stirs together combo-based hunting and cooking puzzles to create something especially delicious. The game also sees you face off against other cooks, Food Wars style, either in the single player campaign, or online multiplayer.

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