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 coloured 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!
A la carte is a game for 2-4 players and takes approximately 45 minutes