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Cook Your Way

A game about how immigration systems and capitalist discourses of multiculturalism combine to oppress migrants.

In Cook Your Way, visa applicants (i.e. the players) are tasked with cooking a typical dish of their country of origin using a cooking station. Immigration authorities then evaluate applicants according to their efficiency and potential to contribute to the new country’s society. Cooking becomes a standardized test, one step within a longer application process. This game is a research-creation project created during my doctoral research on alternative controller games at Concordia University. You can visit the project’s website here.


2020 – Winner of the Explorer award at the AMAZE. Berlin festival 2020.

Exhibitions and showcases

2023 – Art et/ou jeu : symbiose ou dissonance ? at Centre Culturel Canadien as part of ISEA 2023 – Paris, France.

2023 – JEU_ART_GAME exhibition at Centre BANG – Chicoutimi, Québec, Canada.

2023 – JEU_ART_GAME exhibition at Elektra – Montréal, Québec, Canada.

2022 – Pelipoikilo – Kouvola, Finland.

2022 – PLAYTIME 20.22 exhibition at Culturcentruum Bruges – Bruges, Belgium.

2022 – JEU_ART_GAME exhibition at Sporobole – Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada.

2020 – Explorer Award at A MAZE festival – Berlin, Germany.

2019 – alt.ctrl.GDC 2019 at Game Developers Conference 2019** – San Francisco, CA, USA.

2019 – Demo at Designing Interactive Systems conference – San Diego, USA.

2019 – Artcade – Montréal, Québec, Canada


2019-08-09 – Rock Paper ShotgunIn Cook Your Way you must cook a meal with a strange controller to get through immigration

2019-02-26 – Game DeveloperAlt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Cook Your Way


Cook Your Way was created by Enric Granzotto Llagostera.

Videos, photography and documentation graphics by Vjosana Shkurti.

Music from “Modern Jazz Samba” by Kevin MacLeod. Licence: CC BY. Intro music by John Bartmann.

French translation and localization by Jess Rowan Marcotte.

I would like to thank a few folks for their ongoing support and various contributions to this project: Carolina Chmielewski Tanaka, Rilla Khaled, Rebecca Goodine, Jess Rowan Marcotte, Dietrich Squinkifer.

Cook Your Way  was created with the support of a Hexagram Student Grant and the Reflective Game Design research group.

This project was partially funded with the support of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), as part of the Doctoral Research Scholarship 2020-B2Z-276952.


Granzotto Llagostera, Enric. 2019. Cook Your Way. Videogame with alternative controller.

Related publications

Granzotto Llagostera, E. and Khaled, R. 2023. On Cooking a Sour Game. Journal for Computer Games Criticism, Volume 5, Bonus Issue: Surviving Whiteness in Games.

Granzotto Llagostera, Enric. 2019a. “Cook Your Way: Political Game Design with Alternative Controllers.” In Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion, 25–28. DIS ’19 Companion. New York, NY, USA: ACM.

Granzotto Llagostera, Enric. 2018. “The Design Process of Cook Your Way.” Conference panel presented at the 2018 Canadian Game Studies Association (CGSA/ACÉV) Annual Conference, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan.

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