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Store:  Strategy Games
Theme:  Food & Beverage
Format:  Board Games

Too Many Cooks

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 60-90 minutes 3-5

Designer(s): Andy Merritt

Manufacturer(s): Andy Merritt

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Product Description

Each player plays the part of the owner and chef of a restaurant, who is competing with other restauranteurs to provide the best selection of meals and make the most profit.

Players must collect ingredients which make up complete meals and then claim the recipe as their own, and earn the money for it. It is possible to use other players' recipies, but the rewards are less. At the end of the game there are bonuses paid for the restaurant which specialises most successfully in each of 5 types of cuisine, and penalties for restaurants which do not provide a vegetarian option!

Beware, the restaurant business is a harsh one, and it is quite possible to lose money. Watching your cash flow is very important, and unused ingredients are worthless at the end of the day.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Andy Merritt

  • Manufacturer(s): Andy Merritt

  • Year: 2001

  • Players: 3 - 5

  • Time: 60 - 90 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 330 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are printed in English. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.


  • game board
  • 20 recipe cards
  • 60 ingredient cards
  • 4 information sheets
  • 2 game progress cards
  • turn marker (large nut)
  • game money (beans)
  • rules

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4 in 1 review

Interesting game for your friends and family
January 02, 2002

We played this game for several time, and think it is an interesting game. During the game, you need to use indegrients to make your meal, and the ingredients mainly gets by bidding it among players.

All the ingredients and the meals are real, that means you can find them in the real world. Once I play this game with my friends, they said the dishes are very delicious.

One disadvantage to this game is that the decision maling is quite long -- as you need to refer to both ingredient and dishes quite often to see if they are match, so you will be familiar most of them by playing lots of times.

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