Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked! is an interactive cooking title utilizing the Wii's motion controls as you, the player, mimic cooking gestures as you replicate authentic recipes endorsed by the American cooking specialty television channel Food Network. The game contains twelve meals with multiple dishes each that are prepared by going through various mini-games. You are judged not only on how well you perform the gestures, but also must use strategy to ensure that all components of the meal come out on time and at the proper temperature.
The game can be played in singleplayer, in the Pass and Play mode with four people working in a single recipe, and in multiplayer as a cook-off between two people. The game features likenesses and voice-overs of Food Network stars Susie Fogelson and chef Mory Thomas.