SpongeBob vs. the Big One: Beach Party Cook-Off is loosely based on a popular episode of the hit underwater cartoon series. Both the episode and game feature surf king Jack Kahuna Laguna, famously voiced by Johnny Depp on the TV show (but not in the game, sadly). Following the genre-hopping tradition of previous SpongeBob video games, the game isn't a straightforward adventure however. Instead, it's a zany cooking simulation quest in line with the Cooking Mama series.
The basics of the storyline has Jack Kahuna Laguna throwing a big beach party, and the Chum Bucket and Krusty Krab restaurants both want to cook for it. To decide who will do the cooking, a contest is held and players, as SpongeBob, are put in charge of teaching the Krusty Krab's new crew of tiny plankton chefs how to cook.