CookingSimulator – Beginner Tips

Questions and answers

Is this another stupid simulation?

No, it’s not. The game is far from being another “game for an hour” to fool around with and quickly forget about – even if many YouTubers present it that way.

Is this a VR game? Does Cooking Simulator support VR?

Nope. The game currently doesn’t support VR at all, so obviously doesn’t require a VR kit.

The developers have stated that they will consider a VR port if the “core” game is successful.

Does the game have a multiplayer mode?

Not now. The developers have confirmed that they want to enable multiplayer and are trying to figure out how to properly implement it (the main problem is gameplay, not technical issues).

However, the game is currently only for one player.

Does the game support SteamWorkshop?

No, but the developers want to add it over time.

How long does it take to complete Cooking Simulator?

When it comes to career mode, the developers say that on average reaching the level of a 5-star restaurant (which is the main goal of a career) should take the player about 10 hours (in one day – about 30 minutes in real time), however, you there are also all the recipes to unlock, achievements to get, a free mode (sandbox) on which we will test and learn, as well as tutorials at the very beginning.

Completing an average recipe (once you learn how to cook) takes about 10 minutes. Multiply that by the 67 existing recipes in the game… quite a lot. So, if you sum it all up, we think the game will easily provide over 30 hours of fun.

Is it possible to cook a dish on your own “whim”?

Yes, but only for recreation – according to what we wrote in the next section, we cannot get a bill or money for such a dish….

So, can you create your own recipe?

No, but with the Steam Workshop it should be possible.

How to change the difficulty level?

You can not. The game at the time of release has no difficulty in setting up, however, it is relatively simple at its core (this game uses the principle easy to learn – hard to learn), in addition, our Guide will show you a few tricks that will increase your scores among customers.

How to hide food in the refrigerator?

You can not. The refrigerator functions only as a “shop” with products, just like a vegetable stand.

Game content

As of release date, the game offers:

  • Career mode (with a simple economy and progress model).

  • Free mode (sandbox).

  • Culinary school (tutorials).

  • 67 real recipes to complete.

  • Visual customization (but not layout or functionality) of the kitchen.

  • 2 mini-games related to knife throwing and the ability to play with gravity in sandbox mode.

  • Radio with 3 David Bowie plays and other (unimpressive) “radio stations”.

  • Possibility to add your own music to the radio (in .mp3 format) …

  • … and (streaming) internet broadcasting.

  • Ability to take a mandatory food photo (with filters!).

  • The ability to cook any dish we dream of…

What the game does not offer:

  • the ability to enter your own recipes your scores.

  • flour and recipes requiring its use, baking cakes and yeast fillings.

  • unlimited physics for slicing. Unfortunately, we can only cut each thing a couple of times, which leads to big simplifications, for example, with french fries – you can’t cut a potato into really thin fries, which matters, since the “proportions” of a dish are often calculated from the weight chopped ingredients (recipe specifies exactly).

Game modes

Below we will describe each of the modes and advise you on the best order to start playing CookingSimulator.


This is a set of several tutorials that teach the rules of the game. I recommend that you start the game in this mode.

Note: this list [учебников] scrolls. By moving the mouse wheel, we will see the remaining ones.


A mode where you can experiment, practice, learn, fail and test whatever your heart desires. Everything is unlocked and available, all the recipes are there. We can also play mini-games with throwing knives, experiment with interior design (available from laptop), test skills (also on laptop), play with gravity (N key) or just see what we can break.

There are no goals and objectives – you decide what you do.


Main Course and Game Focus is a mode that provides a standard zero-to-hero journey where, like Gordon Ramsey, you can turn a shabby old restaurant into a glitzy Michelin star-worthy place. It is based on 2 overlapping systems: an economic one (as currently told to us in the tutorial) and a level of “fame” and prestige related to the enjoyment and ratings of our guests – which directly affects our income.

Of course, all this happens under the pressure of time, which determines the pace of the game.

Our career goal is to reach 5-star restaurant prestige and unlock all 67 recipes.

kitchen tools

CookingSimulator puts an impressive range of real-life items and kitchen tools in our hands, so below we have included a small table describing what they are used for and tips on how to use them.

Kitchen equipment (moving from the side of the refrigerator):

Low Heat Baking Pan – Anything we don’t fry in oil is baked here using kitchen scrapers to turn the meat over (make sure to brown the meat on both sides).

A gas stove is a versatile tool where we will fry, cook and simmer.

Oven – we have 3; two main ones, in the corner, near the sink, and one called “spare”, under the gas stove. Warm them up briefly before use.

Deep Fryer – Requires a deep fryer basket for proper use (purchase in the same place as other tools). The left button fills the fryer with oil, the right button drains the oil, the button at the bottom turns the frying process on and off.

Food Processor – Used to make sauces, purees, etc.; rather inconvenient – a portable blender (described below) seems much more convenient to use.

Microwave – although we can learn in the manual that “a real chef will never dishonor himself with a microwave”, this is the only equipment that allows you to heat food that has cooled down;

The table in the center of the kitchen is the place where at least half of the work is done (cutting, spices, shopping, organizing food), it should be well organized

kitchen utensils

  • Radio – you can play several songs from the game, or stream your own songs or radio broadcasts from the Internet;

  • Laptop – you can check activity statistics, unlock new recipes, new skills and abilities (more on them below) and items to change the interior of the kitchen;

  • Phone – used to order repair of damaged kitchen equipment. Lost your phone? Click once on the phone stand and give it time to return to its place;

  • LCD display – displays information about recipes (on the left – ingredients, on the right – what we do with them; the list with instructions can be scrolled by looking at the screen and using the mouse wheel);

  • Boxes are just a portable store. Place one near where you work;

  • Knives – their use is obvious; with subtle movements in “fine manipulation” we can use them to fine-tune the position of individual dishes on the plate.

  • The frying pan is one of our main working tools. Don’t forget to use oils.

  • The paella pan is one of the best “containers”, as well as a frying pan that allows you to fry several more extensive dishes at the same time (which is not usually recommended), was originally used for rice and saffron dishes in Spanish cuisine.

  • Grill pan – on a conventional stove, it allows you to fry without oil (pseudo-grill), due to the sufficiently long time required for cooking meat. In the real world, these pans need some oil (which we can actually add in here), and meat cooked this way is much healthier than meat fried in a regular frying pan.

  • Kitchen scrapers are one of the best and most versatile tools: simple and easy to use, and in context mode, it practically prevents painful mistakes; use also with grill!

  • Tongs – a tool for turning meat on the grill. It’s inconvenient and problematic.

  • Stopwatch – or timer; you can set an alarm on it to find out, for example, whether it’s time to remove the dish from the fire; accuracy within 10 seconds;

  • Sieve – for draining water from pasta.

  • Plates are the main dish for serving meals. Dishes are best served on large plates.

  • Baking Pans – Used for baking, but due to their size, they are also handy for use as a “container” for ingredients and as cutting boards (due to their shape and size).

  • Sponges are the only way to clean anything that isn’t on the floor. Does not require liquid (soaked by default), does not need cleaning and washing.

  • Mop – similar to sponges, only for the floor.

  • The heat gun – in theory it should be used to dye meat – but at least in the early game, it doesn’t make any sense other than to ease the destruction in our beautiful kitchen.

  • The bucket is a much less convenient version of the mop, and also a tool that we can combine with it. We have not been able to find a practical use for it.


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