Cherry’s first dish(It’s actually a game Review!)

Hello everyone! Your new Chef has arrived! As Pinkie already explained, I’m Cherry and will be doing some posts from now on as well as part of the team here on the resort! I’m a little bad at thinking where to start, so I will just get right into it! I love playing games, and I also love cooking! I do quite a lot of cooking my home life and usually try to do my own recipes, so a combination of both gaming and cooking seems like perfect for me. And it mostly is! Lately I have been playing one game in particular, and it is what I will be giving a brief overview of today, so without further ado, here is Chef: A Restaurant Tycoon!

Game Introduction

So! Chef is a Restaurant management/cooking simulator game currently available on Steam! It game out of early access in 2020 and recently had its first expansion(which adds in a bunch of new features primarily focused on Eastern Asia Cuisine).

The premise for the game is pretty simple, you are a chef and you run and manage a restaurant, the rest is up to you! It is a very free game in terms of options. The end-goal is up to you, as is what kind of restaurant and food you wish to be playing with. For some players, the goal might simply be to run a single seafood restaurant. For others, it could be to have a large burger franchise with several restaurants. All of this is available to do!

The character creation

Getting Started

So first things first. After you get past the main menu, the first screen you will see is the character creation! Here you decide how your chef will look. You have a few options, first being body(This is where clothing is. You got a variety of clothing outfits/styles for both a more masculine & femining body, but no specific gender lock thing!) Secondly, you pick a headshape and then a hairstyle. As a finish touch you can then change your chef expression as well as colour for the various things!

Once you feel happy with your Chef, you get to pick a difficulty option. These come in 4 categories: Normal, Hardcore, Relaxed & Sandboxed. Normal is how it sounds, it’s the game with the original settings. Hardcore is more of a challenge run, stakes will be higher and it will be more difficult to manage the resturant.

Relaxed mode is a lighter version of normal. The pace is slowed down, the difficulty curve is a bit easier, allowing you more freedom to pick and play exactly how you want. Finally Sandbox is more of Relaxed. Atop of having easier settings, you start with near infinite money, and enough skill points to create whatever kind of resturant you want from scratch. Otherwise you need to gradually progress to get exactly what you want.

In my personal opinion, I would say that I greatly prefer Sandbox or Relaxed mode. While I really enjoy the game and think it has alot of creativity and fun, the normal difficulty can sometime feel a bit stressful and straining. You get more or less forced to try and minmax various stats for the most optimal way to make money. But if that is what you are into, then go for normal. It’s still fun!

Pick a location!

Next on the list is to actually pick where you want to have your first resturant! You are taken to a pretty large map(Which is randomly generated each new game). You have a variety of districts to choose from. For example, do you want to have your resturant in a factory area, towncenter, out on the countryside and so on. This will determine some things such as price of rent, how many people will come to your resturant and what types of people(As seen on the right of the picture!)

Each district has a few choices of a resturant themselves, which can be varying in size of both the kitchen and dining area. The resturants can also have small traits that will affect customers and rent. A resturant that is in a dangerous neighbourhood will have lower rent, but the richer customers will refuse to come there, for example.

The restaurant layout!

Running a restaurant

Once you have locked in your pick of resturant, you will be taken to the beautiful image above, specifically your resturant! This is the main layout of the game and where you will be spending most of your time. While I will give a rough explaination of all of the options, I only have two deep-dives left to do however(With pictures).

At the top right corner of the screen you can set the name of your resturant. This has no gameplay effects and can be changed at any time you feel like! Below that is a small panel showing some customer statistics. In order from left to right they are: Customers waiting to be seated, customers waiting to order, customers waiting for food, customers eating, customers waiting to pay, and amount of customers who ran out and didn’t pay/just left.

On the right side is your crew management, and here is where you will see your staff and how they are doing. You can also set them to do different tasks here.

And now for the menus! Going from left to right I will explain a bit what each one does before focusing on the two big ones later as a final touch!

So first, starting with the chef’s hat icon is the Skill Panel! Here is where you see the skill level of your Chef and your crew. As you do activities like cooking or serving customers, your characters will level up. You can then spend points to increase their performance or unlock new options. For your main chef, this for example lets you unlock new recipe templates for the recipe creator, which we talk about later!

Next up is the decorations panel. Here are the options for building up your resturant! You have options to change the colours of the exterior and interior, this doesn’t do much other than look nice! The actual decorations, such as tables and wall-art, clocks, shelves and so on, all affect what type of customers will want to come to your resturant! They add to a specific type of atmosphere(examples being Rustic, Modern, Fancy, Cheap). Finally, you also buy your kitchen appliances here, which determines stats for your cooking. In order to fry food for example, you need a fryer. You can add in a microwave to make food cook faster, but lose quality. Fridge to reduce ingredients costs, and so on!

Following the decorations is the staff manager! It’s here you go to hire new staff. Currently there are two types of staff available,waiter and chef. You can also use different ways to seek out more high quality staff by either just asking people on the street, put out ads or hire a recruiting agency.

Menu is next on the line! Here is where you set up your resturant menu with what is available as well as prices. What type of food you got, as well as how much variety and options will all affect your customers. When you unlock new ingredients you also get pre-created food which you can’t edit, so if you don’t feel like creating your own recipes, there will always be things to serve as you progress! The menu offers alot of options, as you can set up the following: Apetiziers, Main Dish, Soups, Salad, Side Dish, Dessert and drinks! Delicious! As a final note on the menu as well, it is here you go to edit recipes you created yourself.

Next up is the Recipe Editor! Here you will create your own custom recipes, which I will go into more detail later, so for now I leave it as it is and move on to the next option!

The next menu is a bit smaller, and simply details your types of customers you are getting and some customer statistics, not alot to say there! It can help you if you are trying to pinpoint a specific customer base, as it will tell you what your customers tends to order, what they like and so on!

After the customer menu is the ingredients panel, which I will cover with the recipe editor!

Next up is the Chef Advisor! It is basically a built in Yelp/Review site for the game. Your previous customers will sometimes rate your resturant with stars and leave reviews. Some can be helpful, others just really stupid. But it’s always good to pay attention to what they are rating as they can rate everything from staff, speed, food and how the resturant looks! The more stars you get on Chef Advisor increases the amount of people coming your resturant!

After the Chef Advisor comes decisions. At the beginning you can’t do that much here, but you still have a few options. On the decision panel you can set staff wages as well as cleaning routines for the resturant. You can also gradually start to unlock different types of advertising. From billboards to blogs to commercials and so on. You will also be able to buy new furniture options, and eventually, set up mulitple resturants! All of these bigger options though, costs influence. Influence is the measurement of your larger success. As your resturant climbs in popularity, you also gain influence, which allows you to do bigger decisions and begin the path from a small diner to a large, five-star resturant chain!

Next is the city map. It will take you back to the screen at the beginning of the game and lets you choose new locations for your resturant(if you wish to move), or if you want to open up a second one!

Following that comes the financial menu, where you can see more details about your costs and income. It is a good way to determie if you need to lower any decisions or change your prices!

The calendar is the next one! It shows you information about dates. You have twelve months, and 4 days every month. Each day represents a full week. During some months there are special events, like christmas for example, that can change how many people come by your resturant!

The last two menus are not very much to talk about, as they are just more information about the resturant/and a secondary rating/Chef advisor, just without the details. So with those out of the way, let’s go into the ingredients and recipe editor as the final parts of this lengthy article!

The vegetable section of the ingredients panel!

So this is the ingredients panel, and it is huge! If you can think of a type of food ingredient, it is probably in here! The ingredients come in sections of Vegetables, carbs, meat, seafood, nuts, fruits, milk products, drinks, spices and so on! There is quite alot of it.
When you start a new game you begin with 10 ingredient points(510 if you play sandbox), which you can use to buy ingredients. As you unlock ingredients, you get more options to add to your recipes as well as pre-created recipes on the menu depending on what you unlock. You earn ingredients points by cooking your custom made recipes!

Each recipe also comes in 3 levels of quality. Silver, gold, platinum/purple. The more higher-ranked ingredients you use, the better the food quality, but the cost of preparing the food is also higher. I really like this system simply because it has so many options!

The main menu for the recipe editor!

Fun with Recipes

Finally, we have now reached the recipe editor, the highlight of this game! Here you have the option to create your own recipes using a basic template! As you first enter the recipe editor, you are greeted with the option to pick what type of dish you want to create, based on the template. Do you want to make a pie, a sandwich, a soup and so on. Once you have picked that, you can customize the image for your dish. This has no gameplay impact and is just for fluff. And finally you name your dish, and decide where on the menu it sits(Apetizer, main dish, dessert etc).

Once you have saved your template, you are taken to the next menu. Here you will have a small icon telling you what ingredients(and the amount of each) you need to make the basic recipe. Once you have those done, the recipe can be created and you can go nuts with everything else! You have every single ingredient you own available to you, and can throw them in as you please in terms of quality an amount. Each ingredient will add stats to the dish, such as fatness, bitterness, sweetness and so on, as well as the flavour, cost, cooking time and calories. If the ingredients matches well in terms of taste, you can gain special buffs, and the recipe quality will generally be better if the ingredients are matching!

And that is all! My first article here on the resort! I hope all of you will enjoy it, and perhaps even get curious to try out the game yourself! I am very happy to be here, to be able to make all the delicious food with my friends(Which I might share recipes with here soon!) and to be able to geek out!
This is Cherry, signing off on her first post! Bon Appetit!

Pinkie does Random Things: Playing Never Have I Ever – The Embarrassing Edition

As a Virtual YouTuber you will have to answer chat, many of these questions are kind of like blog tags! But I haven’t been nominated for those in a while! Or if I have I haven’t been getting notifications anymore! So when I need Random Questions to answer.. I go to Random Websites and let Random Websites Generate Random Topics for me! #CONTENT! Today we will play Never Have I Ever! As found Here

I got the options between: Adult (In which I probably would always answer I have Never)  Everyday (which felt a bit too soft), Illegal (which I will do next) Travel (you can request that one) and Work… but I am NEET ! However one tag fascinated me most! Embarrassing! This will be fun! Time for Random Generated Content!

Never Have I Ever: Eaten Bugs?

Chigau! Wrong!  I have eaten bugs on a few occasions. I am very convinced someone has to try and experience everything in their life… though with my luck I won’t jump out of planes and stuff or get cattle prodded or something.  I am extremely open minded about food!  The first time I ate  bugs I was at a wholesale store, they had  this “try our mealworms sign”  out and I was like.. Okay?! Mom looked at me like I had gotten insane but I took a little spoon of Mealworms.. they could have used a dash of salt.  They kind of taste like harder browner its of crisp/potato chips you find at the bottom of the bag. I bet they would taste nice with some chili flakes or maybe a caramel! It needed some love!  I have also eaten a scorpion like that.. it was actually kinda tasty! It had a bit of a shrimpy taste.. It also had a bit of a popcorny feel! It would be great with loads of butter!

I only once paid to eat bugs! It’s in this coffee place called Bagels and Beans. It had a mealworm bagel!  It had some Avocado and sundried tomatoes on it and a locust! I did not like the taste of the locust as much. The experience kind of reminded me of slightly burned walnut covered in that popcorn skin that gets everywhere. The mealworms with Avocado Tomato and a bit of spread was pretty nice though! It’s very emision friendly protein as well and I could see myself eating it again! It is really overpriced though to eat as a daily meal and  I don’t like the popcorn skin feeling afterwards too much. Maybe a thick butter sauce would fix that by coating them!  Who knows! It was a fine bagel though not my favorite.  The bug I want to still eat.. A Moreton Bay Bug! Yum!

Never Have I Ever: Fallen Down In Public

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Super Chigau! I’ve fallen down a LOT in public! Whether that was from me being knocked unconscious during gym class and plummeting to the earth, or just trippin on my own feet! That was before I got my virtual wings though!  I think I have done every kind of falling known to man, crashing, tripping, plummeting and diving.  I slammed down hard at the Doge Palace in Venice, I tumbled of a staircase in Notre Dame (and decided it would be wise not to climb up further)  and biked off a hill due to a sneeze.. and mild intoxication and fell into the fence of a petting zoo!  Much to the children’s entertainment! 

 My best known fall though was around the time of Mardi Gras, the southern provinces of the Netherlands celebrate “Carneval” then which is like Carnival.. but less slutty and with a lot of Halloween things added such as the Candy and the silly costumes. It’s a season though from the 11th of November until somewhere in Februari we have several parties and occasions. I was at one of these parties when one of our province’s biggest local artist was performing their music on stage.  They invited  people to dance in the background on the stage and I could go! 

It was a song called Druk Druk Druk (Which I will leave down below)  and we had to run around the stage like crazy!  Yay atmosphere! However I tripped on the music installation and flew a bit  landing face first on the middle of the stage just behind the two singers.  The music cutting out because I tripped on a cable and ripped it out.. well not the entire music but it sure as heck got a lot softer!  A few friends picked me up and carried me off stage. My glasses looked a bit dishevelled and my foot hurt but my pride was hurt even more when the group had to take a small intermission after that song to get the music fixed.  Then I saw the thing was being filmed for local televisions! Guess who never told THAT fact to her mom and dad! The first day I had to work after I was getting lunch in my break and the woman at the register asked me if I was the one that fell on stage in the other town!

Never Have I Ever : Scrolled too far on Someone else’s camera roll and saw a picture I REALLY wasn’t supposed to? 

I solemnly swear I have never done this! They mean nudy shots or something right?!  My friends both offline and online often refer to me as a Panda. Which means I don’t get laid.. but I am known for my actual ability to avoid sexual context. It’s like a super power or something! People can be watching a porn in a room and I walk in and I spill my drink on me and have to go to the bathroom before noticing porn was on!  And yes that actually happened. People tried to show me hentai drawings and I got a bug into my eyes!   One time the group decided to watch Hentai together, which I found a super weird thing to do, for “comedy” and I objected but lost the vote!  But their internet provider was doing maintenance at the time! I went home a bit earlier due to not feeling too great and the mindset of the evening being a bit to “vagrant” to me and as soon as I sent them a text I got home , their internet had come back. 

The most blatant one was that I somehow completely zoned out in a van while a guy was being .. stimulated by his girlfriend next to me!   I was quite drunk after a party and was just looking at some footage I took of the party and trying to play Angry Birds (it was a while ago yes) I was very frustrated I could not play Angry Birds dead drunk.. but I only found out that happened right next to me a whole year later! I did not sleep in the same room as them but apparently they  slept next to a guy and just moved a closet in between him and them so they could hump as well.. he  could still hear them though and then they looked at me and said that I had seen stuff.. and I have not seen a thing.. they told me that was strange since they weren’t subtle!  So your phone is safe with me! It might explode if I get near one of those photos but it will never show me your naughty pics!

Never Have I Ever:  Been Carried Out of a Bar

Questionable, I have never been thrown out of a bar, nor have I passed out in one. I have been to a bar where people needed to assist me outside because I got so drunk. Once on by birthday , none of my friends would make time for me , one of them preferred to go to a party that was thrown by a friend’s sisters, best friend. That was more important than my Birthday, another said he did not want to come because he just not felt like it! They all cancelled at the last minute and cancelled petty! So only one friend and his cousin showed.. It felt like a pity party and I bought booze for everyone and I drank it all out of feeling miserable that I had been blown off!  I got so drunk people put funny hats on me and posed for pictures. Imagine “Weekend at Bernie’s”.. but drunk me! I do have an autopilot so if you tell me to go home , I neatly go sit in your car ..but I may have needed a bit of guidance!  Also got pneumonia for sitting in the outside area of the club so much! 

Only once WOULD I have ever been kicked out of a bar.  This girl thought I made out with her boyfriend and attacked me.. I could have been reasonable but she knocked the drink out of my hand and grabbed and wrinkled my outfit! I headbutted her in the face!  She stumbled outside and told me to come at her there.. security was surely coming to kick us out. She was challenging me  and indeed security was approaching… I walked to the bar and grabbed a half empty bottle of drink someone left. Security asked me if I was fighting this girl and I denied it saying I was drinking here for a while showing my half empty bottle. They checked if I was raging or drunk and I was neither , I was polite with them and  told them  I would leave if they had to be sure.. I would understand but if I could please tell my friends about the misunderstanding because I would not be able to go home otherwise. I then told them she mistook me for someone else earlier as well.. so the one who fought probably looked like me. They said it was okay and they believed me .. I never caused trouble and if people bother me I can always come to them… not much later they threw out a girl that looked like me a fair bit. For some reason she was super angry and aggressive as well.

Never Have I Ever : Thrown up in a Roller Coaster

I have never actually thrown up in a Roller Coaster. I have thrown up in a fair bit of public places though. I have been prone to spells of travel sickness, on busses and even more so boats.  I have also thrown up in one of these spinny theme park rides which sorts of counts I guess?!  I don’t handle spinning all that well. One time we got to a theme park and it was quite deserted.. Me and my friend always visit theme parks in the off -season on weekdays to get a quiet experience.  Wanting to go on a spinny ride . I  agreed, hoping it would not last too long.. it was one of those older rides.. so not one that is on a timer but one that can be stopped and manipulated like the ones at the fair. … then the guy in the cabin got a phone call. The ride lasted on and on!  Luckily my friend rode in another spinny thing as me!   I knew what time it was so I cleared out my backpack of stuff.. and got a new backpack in the gift store a bit later. 

The one time that got me into trouble though is when I actually faked vomiting.  We were going to a theme park we visited a lot and we were on this Log Ride/ Water Coaster like thing and we always had a competition on who could make the silliest action photo. I brought one of those squeeze yoghurt things.. some orange juice and some M&M’s.  Just before the action photo I put it all in my mouth mixed it up and spit it out at the camera. The result was a thickish yellowish fluid with some green and  brown chunks (yes I sorted them for believability )  the result.. was convincing enough! The people did not really appreciate the joke though! I am still looking for a way to fake rainbow vomit! 

This was fun!  Not all that embarrassing though! I might do this one again! Good Content!
Have you done any of these?! Tell me your story in the comments!  You have my gratitude!Well that’s me done! See you next time! Moth out!