Too many cooks spoil the broth

Idiom

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Definition

The quality of a task deteriorates when too many people are involved in the process.

Examples

Having too many cooks in the kitchen was a recipe for disaster

With so many people giving their opinion, the project was doomed to fail

Origin

Unknown but thought to have originated in 16th century England.

FAQs

Does the idiom only refer to cooking?

No, the idiom is used in other contexts

Can more than two people work together?

Yes, but it’s important to understand each person’s role and to make sure the task is not overcomplicated