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Cooking Diary is a Time Management Game by Mytona for Android and IOS platforms.

The game starts off with the player moving back to their hometown of Tasty Hill to become the owner of their grandfather's (who is a famous chef) restaurant. The player then proceeds to record all the events that happen in the restaurant as well as all of the new people they meet in their diary. There's also a subplot where the player and grandpa try to uncover the truth about a past incident that created a blemish in the former's reputation.


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  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Andy's kitchen "helpers" end up going beyond the scope of his intentions, including an instance where one named "Ant" tried to turn its creator into a cake.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Completing goals from game events can net you limited edition clothing items.
  • Big Eater: Hungry Customers, who have more than three orders before they leave. Finishing the first set of dishes instantly springs a second order, while also restoring some patience.
  • Caustic Critic: Monsieur LeShaun, formally a friend of grandpa's who now holds a grudge due to a past incident. However, he is honorable and will judge the player character harshly but fairly.
  • Character Blog: Vivien has her own blog on instagram where she posts photos of all her travels and adventures.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Creighton isn't above underhanded schemes to climb his way to the top, using a flavor enhancer to beat the player in a competition. It ends up working against him since said formula causes a rather unsightly allergic reaction that gets him disqualified.
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  • Crossover: With Stranger Things for Halloween 2020. Players got to interact with the main cast, work at Scoops Ahoy! as part of a special stage, and could get a baby demogorgon as a pet.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Johnny has consistently done nice things for Vivien in the hopes of winning her over. Unfortunately, for him, she still sees him as a friend.
  • Edible Theme Naming: All the districts in Tasty Hills have food related names like Brocclyn and Ketchunnaise.
  • Einstein Hair: Andy has unruly red hair that sticks up. It matches scatterbrained inventor persona quite while.
  • Forgetful Jones: Forgetful Customers, whose orders blink on and off as they attempt to remember.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Put into play in Episode 60: Goodbye, Johnny. Creighton tries to offer Johnny into a big Head Chef job, but that would lead to him leaving the player character behind. He ultimately sticks with the player character, as it was a scheme to split the team apart.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Andy the inventor. While not quite qualifying as a Mad Scientist, he embodies many related tropes.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: You can name the player character just about anything. The same goes for pets.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Andy, the resident scientist and inventor, is of course always seen in his white lab coat.
  • Love Triangle: All over the place:
    • Johnny and Martin both have crushes on Vivien and consider each other arch-rivals as a result.
    • Later both also get crushes on Alexandra, while maintaining their crushes on Vivien. Although, Johnny later decides to solely focus his affections on Vivien.
    • Grandpa eventually reveals there was one between himself, LeShaun, and the player character's grandmother. This was not the cause of their falling out however.
  • Mr. Fixit: Andy is known for his great inventive ability and can fix just about anything. Although, it's rare he gets things right the first time around.
  • Oblivious to Love: Vivien the food blogger, who regards Johnny the assistant chef as her Best Friend while he pines desperately after her.
  • Play Every Day: Attending the game daily grants you a nominal amount of coins, but higher login streaks increases the allowance little by little, with the max 5+ streak giving you precious rubies. It also refreshes the Wheel of Fortune timer, allowing you to spin it for free every 24 hours.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: You can choose to be either male or female. The gender of the player is never addressed in the by other characters or the story itself.
  • Save Our Team: The player character helps the town's truly pathetic football team train up and regain their respectability.
  • Second Place Is for Winners: Although the football team lost their first big match, it's by a hair and everyone is impressed, including their opponents. They win on the rematch.
  • Secret Ingredient: Creighton has one. He's also convinced that the player character and their grandpa have one that they refuse to reveal, but both insist that the only special ingredient in their cooking is heart.
  • Supreme Chef: The player character's goal, and their grandfather's former title. Celebrity chef Creighton Styles is also regarded this way by the townspeople, but is subject to Broken Pedestal as the story proceeds.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer: The Impatient Customers, who have half the usual amount of patience than normal. It's best you serve them first before they angrily leave, potentially failing the "Don't lose customers" stages. Downplayed in that they can leave very satisfied, if you fill out a 3-item order fast enough.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: You can change your character's hair, eye color, facial features and their clothing to your liking. Many in game events give the players opportunities to get new clothing and hairstyle options.
  • We Used to Be Friends: The subplot about grandpa's past revolves around the breakup of his former group of friends.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The player character when they receive a purified flavor enhancer during a competition with Creighton. A talk with Johnny convinces them to smash it and win fairly.

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