SAN FRANCISCO -- Social game developer Zynga has announced that its next concept is a cooking-themed game called ChefVille.

ChefVille allows players to create and run their own virtual restaurants, learn about different ingredients and master more than 200 dishes. Advanced players can unlock extra social elements like VIP Service, which allows them to serve food to their friends, and admission to the ChefVille Cooking Academy, where they can unlock new cuisines, cookware, recipes and more.

"We put our heart and soul into cooking up ChefVille for our players," Zynga developer Jonathan Knight said in a statement. "ChefVille brings social gaming full circle. We're giving players a chance to take a 'snack break' from their day and connect online with friends, but also dish out real recipes that we hope serve as a catalyst for continued dining experiences with loved ones at home."

ChefVille is available in 17 languages and is free to play on Facebook.

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