A la carte*

In A la carte, players don the hats of eccentric chefs embroiled in the culinary showdown of a lifetime. This lighthearted and quirky game, conceived by Karl-Heinz Schmiel, is as much about managing the chaos of a kitchen as it is about the precise art of cooking itself. Each chef is armed with a mini pan and a hotplate, competing not just against time but against each other's culinary shenanigans.

Gameplay Overview

  • Cook with Caution: Players take turns cranking up the heat, seasoning their dishes, or sneakily nabbing recipes from their rivals. The fate of your dish teeters on the edge of a die roll, pushing the temperature up for all players in a high-stakes kitchen environment.
  • Seasoning Shenanigans: The core of the game lies in seasoning your dishes. Accomplished through a delicate operation of flipping small bottles filled with colorful pellets, the aim is to season just right. Overdo it, and your culinary creation heads straight to the trash bin.
  • Recipe Rivalry: Beyond the balancing act of heat and seasoning, players can engage in a bit of playful treachery by attempting to steal each other's recipes, adding a layer of strategy and unpredictability.

Special Features

  • Tangible Cooking Elements: The inclusion of miniature pans and hotplates, along with bottles for seasoning, brings a delightful and tangible aspect to the gameplay, immersing players in a simulated cooking experience.
  • Revised for More Flavor: The 2009 version of the game introduces revised rules, a fresh victory condition, additional recipes, and new mechanics, enhancing the original gameplay while keeping the spirit of culinary competition alive.
  • A Dash of Luck with a Sprinkle of Strategy: Successfully balancing the randomness of the die and the skillful choice of when and how to season or sabotage, players must navigate through culinary chaos to emerge as the top chef.


A la carte serves up a whimsically chaotic cooking experience that combines luck, skill, and a pinch of strategy. It's a game that delights in its silliness, inviting players into a competitive kitchen battleground where the stakes are high, and the flavors are wild. Whether you're a seasoned board gamer looking for something light and entertaining, or a culinary enthusiast eager to test your seasoning skills in a less conventional setting, A la carte promises a hilarious and engaging adventure into the world of competitive cooking. Perfect for family game nights or a fun session with friends, this game is sure to cook up some memorable moments.

Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2010

  • 2 - 4 Players
  • 30 Minutes
  • 8+ years old
  • Immediately playable

We like A la carte so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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