Be it for leveling or for raiding, food is a very good consumable. That’s why cooking has always been regarded as a useful profession. However, with the WotLK release and items like Great Feast and Fish Feast cooking lost some of its value. Now it’s enough for only one person in the raid to have the needed skill to feed the whole raid. Still, if you’d like to be self-sufficient and have a supplemental source of income, continue reading this WotLK cooking guide.
Cooking is most easily leveled when paired with fishing. Despite that, some players can’t stand fishing. This guide was made for them.
You can either farm the mats needed from the auction or go farm them yourself. My suggestion is to just buy them, it will save you a lot of time. There are many recipes in the game and will take you quite a while to buy them all. That’s why I included only those recipes which are simple to get.
Total mats needed for 1 – 450 Cooking
Cooking guide WoW Classic
Start by learning cooking from one of these trainers:
Apprentice cooking (1 – 75)
- 1 – 40
50x Spice Bread – 50x Simple Flour, 50x Mild Spices (This recipe goes yellow at 30 and green at 35, so you will need to make more than 40.)
You can buy the mats from the cooking vendor next to the trainer.
- 40 – 65
35x Roasted Boar Meat – 35x Chunk of Boar Meat (This recipe goes yellow at 40, so you will need to make more than 25.)
These recipes are the best because you can learn them directly from the trainer, and the mats are easy and cheap to find on the auction house.
Don’t forget to train Journeyman cooking (75 – 150) once you reach skill level 50.
Journeyman cooking (75 – 150)
- 65 – 110
60x Boiled Clams – 60x Clam Meat, 60x Refreshing Spring Water (This recipe goes yellow at 90, so you might need to make a bit more than 55.)
This recipe is another one you learn directly from the trainer. The Spring Water can be bought from the vendor next to the trainer. And Clam Meat is usually very cheap on the auction house.
From this point on, you’ll have to purchase recipes from vendors around the world.
This part of the guide can be a bit annoying without obtaining the Recipe: Bristle Whisker Catfish. It is sold by the fishing/cooking supplies vendor in Stormwind, Orgrimmar, Thunder Bluff, or Orgrimmar.
Don’t forget to train Expert cooking (150 – 225) once you reach skill level 125.
Expert cooking (150 – 225)
- 140 – 175
37x Curiously Tasty Omelet – 37x Raptor Egg (This recipe goes yellow at 170, so you might need to make a bit more than 35.)
- 175 – 225
55x Roast Raptor – 55x Raptor Flesh (This recipe goes yellow at 215, so you might need to make a bit more than 50.)
What makes this recipe the best in this step of the guide is that is sold by some of the same vendors as the Curiously Tasty Omelet – Horde players can also buy it from Keena or Nerrist. However, Alliance players will have to go to Arathi Highlands and buy it from Hammon Karwn or down to Stranglethorn Vale to buy it from Corporal Bluth.
Furthermore, the mats for Roast Raptor and Curiously Tasty Omelet drop from the same mobs. That means you can farm the mats easily yourself, or they will be on the auction house in the same abundance.
Don’t forget to train Artisan cooking (225 – 300) once you reach skill level 200.
Artisan cooking (225 – 300)
There are many options you can do for this part of the guide. My personal favorite is this one. The reason I like it so much is that you can the Recipe: Monster Omelet in Felwood. Alliance players will have to visit Malygen, and Horde players will have to visit Bale. You’ll have to visit those vendors anyway for the next step, so might as well do the Monster Omelets.
- 250 – 285
40x Juicy Bear Burger or 40x Charred Bear Kabobs – 40x Bear Flank (This recipe goes yellow at 275, so you might need to make a bit more than 35.)
This is surely the most annoying part of the whole guide. First, you’ll have to travel to Silithus, which is in the middle of nowhere. Then you’ll have to do the quest Desert Recipe and the follow-up Sharing the Knowledge. Then you’ll have to farm the meat from the sandworms in Silithus if there’s no meat on the auction house or it’s too expensive.
Cooking guide TBC
Master cooking (300 – 350)
Learn Master cooking (300 – 375) from one of these trainers:
Both of these recipes go yellow at 320, so you might need to make a bit more than 25.
Both of these recipes go yellow at 345, so you might need to make a bit more than 25.
Cooking guide WotLK
Start by learning cooking from one of these trainers:
Grand master cooking (350 – 450)
The cooking trainers in Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra will give you the quest Northern Cooking. Bring them 4 chilled meats and they will teach you this recipe.
This recipe will start yellow, so you might need to make more than 15.
- 365 – 380
You’ll be able to learn a lot of new recipes from the trainers. Check the auction house which one sells the best, or has the cheapest mats, and then cook it. You can always cook the one you are going to use yourself. There is no one size fits all solution.
- 380 – 400
30x Great Feast – 30x Chunk o’ Mammoth, 30x Shoveltusk Flank, 30x Worm Meat, 60x Chilled Meat (This recipe starts yellow so you might need to make more than 20.)
Also, Kungaloosh has no value as a consumable and will be hard to sell. I wouldn’t recommend crafting it if you didn’t already finish the quest chain.
- 400 – 450
At this point in time you will be able to do Dalaran cooking daily quests. Each quest will reward you with Dalaran Cooking Award. You can trade those awards for new recipes at the cooking supplies vendor.
Slowly start buying those recipes and cooking them. I suggest first buying the recipes you will use yourself or the ones you think are the most profitable.
It may be somewhat of a longer process, but with a little bit of patience, you’ll easily level your cooking to max skill level.