Created by: Karl-Heinz Schmiel, Jochen Eeuwyk, Christof Tisch
Published by: Competo / Marektoy, Fantasy Flight Games, Giochi Uniti
Alternate Names: À la carte, à la carte, Lo Chef Pasticcione, 妙廚上菜
In one of his sillier games, Karl-Heinz Schmiel casts the players as semi-psychotic cooks attempting to hone their culinary skills. Each player receives a miniature pan and a hotplate.
Then each turn you can either attempt to turn up the heat, season your dish, or attempt to steal another cook's recipe in the making. Heating your hotplate is a random affair with a die, and could raise the heat on everyone's plate.
Spicing the dish is heart of the game and done by up-ending small bottles filled with little colored wood pellets. When the pellets tumble out of the bottle (sometimes, if they do), the number of pellets can't exceed two, because over-spicing the dish ruins it and you have to throw it in the trash!
The 2009 version includes some changed rules, a new victory condition, additional recipes and some new mechanics in comparison to the 1989 version.
A la carte: Dessert
A la carte: Die Beilage
Guldbrikken Best Family Game Winner 2012
Guldbrikken Best Family Game Nominee 2012
Vuoden Peli Family Game of the Year Nominee 2011
Lys Grand Public Finalist 2011
Årets Spel Best Family Game Nominee 2011More (4)
Spiel Des Jahres Nominee 2010
Spiel der Spiele Hit für Familien Recommended 2010
Deutscher Spiele Preis Best Family/Adult Game 2nd Place 1990