Cooking Guide

Everything you need to know about Cooking rolled into one helpful guide!

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is one of several secondary professions available to players in World
of Warcraft. Secondary professions are considered minor and as such do
not count towards your two primary profession limit. Other secondary
professions include: Archaeology, First Aid, and Fishing. Cooking
allows WoW players to combine various ingredients such as meats,
mushrooms, and fish into fantastic food items that can be consumed by
your character to restore health and mana as well as grant powerful
buffs. Many of these food items may be sold on the WoW Auction House
for some extra gold.

Learning and Training Cooking
in WoW

To begin your career as a WoW
cook you must first start at the very beginning; training. To train
Cooking in WoW you must seek out a Cooking Trainer. These specialists,
who hold a vast wealth of knowledge about this skill, can be found
inside every major city. If you are having trouble finding the nearest
Cooking Trainer simply speak to any city guard for directions.

In order to skill up your
Cooking you must constantly challenge yourself to create increasingly
more difficult dishes. Each of these dishes has a chance to grant you a
skill point. The color of the recipe in your cooking menu will
determine if you will gain a skill point in Cooking or not. The colors
you will find inside your WoW Cooking menu are as follows:

  • style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102);">Gray
    - No skill points.
  • style="color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Green
    - Unlikely to receive a Cooking skill point.
  • style="color: rgb(255, 204, 51);"> style="color: rgb(204, 153, 51);">Yellow
    Likely to receive a cooking skill point.
  • style="color: rgb(255, 102, 0);">Orange
    - Will always receive a Cooking skill point, unless the skill is maxed.

As you gain skill points you
will notice that from time to time you will be unable to gain anymore.
This typically means that you need to visit your Cooking Trainer to
advance to the next skill level. The various skill levels are:

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style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Apprentice 1-75 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Journeyman 50-150 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Expert 125-225 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Artisan 200-300 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Master
(The Burning Crusade) 300-375 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Grand
Master (WotLK) 350-450 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Illustrious
(Cataclysm) 450-525

WoW Cooking Requirements

To start cooking you will need
three very simple things: a recipe, the ingredients for that recipe,
and a heat source to cook upon.


Most cooking recipes can be
purchased directly from your Cooking Trainer. However, more advanced
recipes may be found as world drops or even require the completion of
the Cooking Daily Quests to obtain. Learn more about the Cooking Daily
Quests in the section titled “WoW Cooking Daily
Quests” below.


While it may have seemed like a
great idea at the time, vendoring those pieces of random meat, eggs,
and fish you may have picked up during your time in WoW will come back
to haunt you with Cooking. All these items and more are ingredients
needed to be a successful cook. Some recipes may also require
ingredients that can be purchased only from a vendor such as [Mild
Spices], however, these recipes are far and few between.


What you decide to cook your
food over it entirely up to you. Many heat sources can be found inside
cities and towns throughout WoW including; stoves, cauldrons,
fireplaces, and braziers. Forges, however, are off limits when it comes
to Cooking. If you find yourself lost in the wilderness, or just a bit
to lazy to seek out the nearest heat source, simply plop down a Cooking
Fire of your very own, a skill you will learn the second you first
train Cooking. No matter your heat source of choice, your food will be
of the same quality and provide the same benefits.

WoW Cooking Daily Quests

Daily Quests for Cooking can be
found in each faction‘s major cities (Orgrimmar, Undercity,
and Thunder Bluff for the Horde and Stormwind City, Ironforge, or
Darnassus for the Alliance). Each day a new random daily quest will be
offered from the Cooking Trainer found in each of the above cities. You
may only complete one city’s quest each day meaning after you
have completed the quest in Thunder Bluff you may not complete the
quests offered in the other two Horde cities.

Each time you complete one of
the WoW Cooking Daily Quests you will be rewarded with one or two
Chef’s Awards. These awards can be used to purchase skill
level 450+ recipes from the Sous Chef in your characters home city. Be
sure to complete the daily quest each day to collect the most awards in
the shortest amount of time.

Another set of Cooking Daily
Quests are also available in Dalaran. These daily quests work exactly
like the quests above except that they award the player Dalaran Cooking
Awards instead of Chef’s Awards upon their completion.
Dalaran Cooking Awards can be used to purchase patterns, however, most
of these recipes are obsolete and it is up to the player to decide if
they are worth the time to collect.

Do you have any tips or tricks
relating to Cooking in WoW? Be sure to share them with the rest of the
community using the comments section below!

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