Can Cooking Video Games Teach You How to Cook?

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At one time, the only way to learn how to cook would be by learning from another person, whether that be a parent, a teacher or a friend. However, these days, there’s another option that many people have never considered – video games.

Video game developers have now taken their industry far beyond the basics of strategic gameplay and instead are using the latest technology to teach players something new. There are now several games that have been designed to educate while also entertaining. So, if you’re ready to start developing your culinary skills, it’s time to see a full selection of waitress aprons here, protect your clothes from splashes and spills, switch on your video game console or PC and start playing and cooking now!

Nintendo DS – Personal Trainer: Cooking

If you have a Nintendo DS, you can try out this cooking game that gives you the impression of having walked into a virtual cookery book. This title has over two hundred different recipes to browse through, all of which show ingredients and preparation steps, all read out loud by a helpful, easy to understand voice.

Nintendo DS – Gourmet Chef: Cook Your Way To Fame

There’s plenty of actual gameplay involved in this title, and that’s what makes it even more fun to play. It’s a great choice for teens who are just learning how to prepare their own meals but who would rather spend time gaming than cooking! The idea of the game is that you’re a French chef who is cooking in a gourmet restaurant. The better the reviews you receive for your creations, the more complex dishes you learn how to make.

Windows PC – Mastercook Deluxe 9.0

This game for PCs features an enormous number of recipes (more than 8000). This software has been designed to make it easier than ever to plan meals with step by step instructions and shopping lists for every recipe. You can search for the ideal recipe to make according to calories, nutritional content and fat, while the video tutorials make it easy to get to grips with the basics of food preparation.

Nintendo Wii – Food Network: Cook or be Cooked

Thanks to the name “Food Network” in the title, this game has been extremely popular and it’s easy to see why. Not only is this a fun and easy to play video game, but it’s also very helpful in teaching you how to cook a range of meals. The skills which you use to complete this game are so realistic that you can use them while cooking in your kitchen at home. Not only are the techniques you need to learn explained in full, but you also learn why you need to carry them out in certain ways to achieve the desired results. This makes this title a perfect choice for beginner cooks who want to get started with their first simple recipes.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to put on that apron, set up your device and start cooking!

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