SpongeBob vs. The Big One: Beach Party Cook-Off is a 2009 SpongeBob SquarePants video game. It was then followed by Happy Squared Double Pack in 2009. In the EU game it is known as SpongeBob SquarePants: Frantic Fry-Cook.
The player, as SpongeBob, runs the Krusty Krab. When both Mr. Krabs and Plankton want to cook for Jack Kahuna Laguna's Beach Party, Jack demands a contest to decide who will cook at the party. Plankton's cousins want to help him, but Plankton will not pay them for the work. Mr.Krabs won't pay much, but it's better than nothing. Throughout the game, you will play through 5 "Episodes", each with a new judge after every 3 Workdays, and a new theme for the Krusty Krab. The player will then need to help SpongeBob train a group of Plankton’s cousins to become the best chefs in Bikini Bottom.
The game consists of cooking mini-games, similar to Cooking Mama, and restaurant management. The player oversees the staff of Planktons as they work to fill the orders of the day. Occasionally, the player will be asked to help a Plankton complete a task by playing a mini-game representing a cooking activity. In all, there are 25 different mini-games that are used to represent tasks like slicing, stirring, whisking, and garnishing.
While the Planktons do most of the work during the regular shifts, challenges where the player must prepare an entire recipe on their own are unlocked after a few shifts. The player can also buy new recipes, manage the menu, and decorate the restaurant.