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Leveling Cooking from 1 to 600

Updated for Mists of Pandaria 5.3

Pandaren's love to cookLeveling Cooking? Why?

After all, you can buy various foods from the vendors all over Azeroth and Northrend. The foods will heal you up by some amount over 30 seconds or so. Since they’re so readily available why bother with cooking?

For the buffs and the gold. While some foods only heal you (or restore mana) there are many others that will buff your stamina and other stats. At the lowest level you can get something like Herb Baked Egg, which buffs 2 stam and spirit for 15 minutes. At the highest level you can create feats which will heal, restore mana, and buff your entire party for with 90 Stam and 90 in their best stat (in Cataclysm and far more than that in Mists of Pandaria.)

Some recipes are selling for very high prices. Grab them from a vendor and check prices on the AH. You may be shocked. Buying and reselling recipes is a great way for lower level characters to make some pretty good gold.

Foods that provide buffs, or the raw ingredients to certain foods, also command high prices. Clam meat, for example, is way up there at times. Check prices for the ingredients, check for what drops that ingredient, then go farming.

There is no level requirement for cooking. Go ahead and level your level 1 character to 450, if you like. While there is no level requirement for higher level recipes you will still need to actually get those recipes via the daily quests. Some of those dailies might be a bit rough for a level 1…

Like any other skill you will still need to train up at the appropriate skill levels.

  • 1-75, Apprentice Cook, Requires level 1, Train up at 50+
  • 76-150, Journeyman Cook, Requires level 1, Train up at 125+
  • 151-225, Expert Cook, Requires level 1, Train up at 220+
  • 226-300, Artisan Cook, Requires level 1, Train up at 275+
  • 301-375, Master Cook, Requires level 1, Train up at 350+
  • 376-450, GrandMaster Cook, Requires level 1, Train up at 425+
  • 451-525, Illustrious GrandMaster Cook, Requires level 1, but…, Train up at 425+
  • Mists of Pandaria – 525-600, Zen Master Cook, Requires level 80, train up at 500+
Pandaren Meat Balls
This looks yummy…

Like the other professions there used to be various quests to obtain certain recipes. Pretty much all of these have been removed from the game (and you might be able to sell old recipes, if you have them, for a pretty nice chunk of change.)

Your trainer has enough recipes to get you going, but there are many more from other vendors and from the daily quests. Some of the vendor recipes are limited items (only a very few available at a time, so check all vendors as you come across them.)

Mists of Pandaria

There’s been a change to how cooking awards work. You used to need to do some of the Daily Cooking Quests in Dalaran when you are in the 400 range, then from 450+ all of the recipes were obtained through the Cataclysm daily cooking quests. (These are provided by the quest giver in Stormwind or Orgrimmar. Hand the awards in to the Sous Chef next to the quest giver to get your recipes.)

With Mists all the various old cooking awards have been rolled into one award, which you can spend whereever. Here’s what the Devs say about it:

All (previous) Cooking awards have been combined into a single currency: Epicureans Awards. This not only cleans up your currency list a bit, but means that doing the daily quests in Stormwind can help you buy the Chef’s Hat in Dalaran.

For the Mists of Pandaria there is a new cooking token, the Ironpaw token. You gain those by doing various quests and you use them for ingredients and some perks.

Also, there are now six specializations to lean, in addition to the main cooking skill. Unlike other professions that have, or have had, specializations you can learn all six at the same time. Keep in mind that this means when you’re leveling cooking you will need to gain 600 skill in each specialization to be a master chef.

If you’re able to get to Halfhill Marketplace (whatever your level) and have no cooking skill to speak of, seek out Sungshin. She’ll be able to train you all the way up and will inmtroduce you to the specialist cooks.

You can see details and recipes on our Pandaria Cooking page.

Sneaky tip: If it’s the right time of year and you do the Pilgrim’s Bounty quests then you can easily and cheaply level your cooking to 430 or so , skip almost everything else below, and head straight to Dalaran for the cooking quests. Of course, this will leave you with a LOT of leftover Turkey and fixins… 😉

Cooking from 1 to 525

Note that 525-600 is on the other page.

There is some overlap in the recipes skill ranges, below. This will give you some options if ingredients for one recipe or the other are not available.

Skill Item to be created Requirements to make one item
1-40: Spice Bread Simple Flour
Mild Spices
40-70: Spiced Wolf Meat Stringy Wolf Meat
40-80: Smoked Bear Meat Bear Meat
80-130: Either of the Following Recipes:
Boiled Clams Clam Meat
Refreshing Spring Water
Crab Cake Crawler Meat
130-175: Curiously Tasty Omelet Raptor Egg
175-225: Roast Raptor Raptor Flesh
225-250: Monster Omelet Giant Egg
250-285: Either of the Following Recipes
Juicy Bear Burger Bear Flank
Clamlette Magnifique Zesty Clam Meat
285-300: Smoked Desert Dumplings Sandworm Meat
300-325: Either of the Following Recipes
Ravager Dog Ravage Flesh
Buzzard Bites Buzzard Meat
325-350: Any of the Following Recipes
Talbuk Steak Talbuk Venison
Roasted Clefthoof Clefthoof Meat
Warp Burger Warped Flesh
350-400: Any of the Following Recipes
Rhino Dogs Rhino Meat
Shoveltusk Steak Shoveltusk Flank
Kungaloosh 2x Tundra Berries
Savory Snowplum
Note: The recipe for Kungaloosh is obtained at the end of a quest chain.
400-415: Either of the Following Recipes
Rhino Dogs Rhino Meat
Shoveltusk Steak Shoveltusk Flank
400-450: Critter Bites 2x Chilled Meat
Northern Spices
Note: This Recipe is obtained through daily cooking quests
415-435: Darkbrew Lager 2x Skin of Dwarven Stout
Jug of Bouron
425-450: Blackened Surprise Toughened Flesh
450-525: Beyond this point every recipe is purchased using Chef’s Awards from earned from the daily cooking quests provided by the quest giver in Stormwind or Orgrimmar. Hand the awards in to the Sous Chef next to the quest giver. With Mists of Pandaria, the awards from the daily cooking quests can be used at any recipe vendor.
450-475: Any of the Following Recipes
Lavascale Fillet Lavascale Catfish
Whitecrest Gumbo Blood Shrimp
Lightly Fried Lurker Striped Lurker
Lurker Lunch Striped Lurker
Seasoned Crab Monstrous Claw
Salted Eye Snake Eye
475-500: Either of the Following Recipes
Hearty Seafood Soup Blood Shrimp
Pickled Guppy Highland Guppy
500-525: Any of the Following Recipes
Baked Rockfish Algaefin Rockfish
Blackbelly Sushi Blackbelly Mudfish
Mushroom Sauce Mudfish Blackbelly Mudfish
Grilled Dragon Dragon Flank
Skewered Eel Fathom Eel
Lavascale Minestrone Lavascale Catfish
Delicious Sagefish Tail Deepsea Sagefish
Severed Sagefish Head Deepsea Sagefish
Basilisk Liverdog Basilisk “Liver”
Beer-Basted Crocolisk Crocolisk Tail
Crocolisk Au Gratin Crocolisk Tail

Zen Master cooking, 525-600, min level 80, 500 skill to train up.

See our Mists of Pandaria Cooking page for details on how to reach 600 cooking, in each of the several spacializations. Also listed are the achievements you will earn.


Congratulations on your Mastery of the Cooking skill!

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