I’m virtually useless at cooking. My love for food is far outweighed by my impatient hunger. I get frazzled, I worry about timing things correctly, my palate eludes me completely. It seems E*star and Caroline on Crack can’t cook either. Luckily for us there’s a Food Network sanctioned Wii cooking game to help us learn without the risk of diced fingers or four alarm fires.
Chef Symon is really easy-going (much less intimidating than the photo would lead you to believe), has his signature laugh at the ready and provided a comfortable chance to ask questions and generally socialize before the analog vs digital food fight started.
After chatting with the Iron Chef, trying out the game and munching on meatballs, potato pancakes and pierogies, the demo began.
It was pretty amazing to see the timing working exactly as Symon cooked real chicken and broccoli while game developer, Michael Morishita, Wii-cooked the virtual variety.
In terms of a teaching tool and consequence-free cooking environment, Cook or Be Cooked is stellar. As far as satisfying hunger, you’ll still need to make do with real, farm-raised chickens (or Doritos if you’re a serious gamer). You can also try the new online LA restaurant delivery service, Magnifeast- cause heaven forbid you ever actually spoke to a human being again.