Released for PC on October 6, 2020, Cooking Companions: Appetizer Edition is a freeware visual novel developed and released by Deer Dream Studios. A playable prologue to Cooking Companions, the Appetizer Edition follows a group of friends as they play a game of hide and seek with Cabbage and the Chompettes, albeit with a surreal horror twist. The game prompts players at the start that the game's contents are not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed, however, the game does not contain blood/gore, sex/nudity, or swearing.
The title was developed in the Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine. While the game is free, players can support the developer by purchasing a downloadable "Stuffed Fanpack" edition of the game (containing concept art, a dev diary and the game's soundtrack.)