You are a Chef!

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Hilarious from start to finish, January 3, 2023

by Lance Cirone (Backwater, Vermont)

You are a Chef! is flat-out one of the silliest games I've ever played. Stuff randomly falls from the sky and you have to put it in a pot. There are jokes like "It's called a parking lot because there is a LOT of parking!" It's a game that consistently makes me laugh whenever I play it, and I love it for that. Not the hardest or most complex entry in the IF catalog, but it's fun to turn your brain off and just laugh at a funny clown getting a safe dropped on it.

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- Zape, August 24, 2020

- William Chet (Michigan), July 20, 2020

- Edo, June 18, 2020

- Sobol (Russia), May 13, 2018

- Ivanr, May 25, 2017

- Audiart (Davis, CA), March 7, 2017

- Rollersnake (Rogers, AR), May 1, 2016

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Short and intentionally dumb. For fans of Pick Up the Phone Booth and Die., February 3, 2016

You are a chef! is a short and purposely dumb game. The game has bad spelling and grammar, poorly defined locations, and mainly consists of picking up ingredients falling from the sky.

The humor is that of Pick Up the Phone Booth and Die: make a minimalist game with dumb puzzles. Some people don't like it; I admit, I chuckled the first time I played it.

I came up with an interesting hypothesis as I played the game. Everytime you put an item in the pot, the game says:

"Good work Chef!!! But you must find more!! Ingrredients!!"

This game came out in 2000. Savoir-Faire came out in 2002. I suspect Emily Short found this message amusing and incorporated it into her game, as the cooking device in that game says almost the same thing with similar punctuation. In fact, I have to wonder if a lot of the food puzzle in Savoir-Faire was somehow born out of an attempt to make this game into something with more substance, in which case, she succeeded. It is also possible that they are both referencing something earlier; I don't know.

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- Guenni (At home), January 25, 2016

- mousetail (India), November 2, 2015

- Trobairitz (USA), October 28, 2015

- Caleb Wilson (Illinois), May 24, 2014

- Jason McIntosh (Boston), March 12, 2014

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Original in a silly way, February 22, 2014
by Simon Deimel (Germany)

A very short game with a silly premise: So you are a chef and have to prepare a meal. There is a list of ingrediences that you have to use, and then a number of objects fall from the sky and you have to put the ones mentioned on the list into the pot (Spoiler - click to show)(or you take everything and then "put all into the pot" -- it also works, the game will automatically choose the right ones). Some things cannot be taken without previously getting hold of corresponding objects (luckily the game explicitly states the possession of which other item is required, as in some cases there is hardly any logic -- maybe it is knowledge based on community conventions which I am not familiar with). So there are no puzzles and the game progress takes place almost by itself. It just takes a short time to reach the ending.

Recommendable to people who feel like being silly for some minutes and cast the deadly seriousness aside.

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- Molly (USA), December 22, 2013

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