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Cooking is one of the secondary professions in World of Warcraft.

Cookin' Reno HS

Cookin' Reno in Hearthstone.

It is a crafting profession which, as the name suggests, revolves around making food-type consumable items. Food made with Cooking grants the Spell misc food [Well Fed] buff which, depending on the food eaten, provides temporary stat buffs which typically last for 1 hour. Examples include Inv misc clefhoofsausages [Clefthoof Sausages] which boosts Versatility, Inv misc food legion barracudamrglgagh [Barracuda Mrglgagh] which boosts Mastery, and Inv cooking 80 ravenberrytart [Ravenberry Tarts] which boosts Haste. Nearly all foods, even the ones not made with Cooking, also grant increased health regeneration while eating. Cooking can also be used to make certain entertaining consumables like the famous Inv misc monsterhead 04 [Savory Deviate Delight] or "feast" items such as Ability hunter pet boar [Great Feast] which can be placed on the ground in order for several players to eat and benefit from it.

The base ingredients for food is meat and fish though many foods also require spices, Cooking-specific ingredients such as Inv misc food vendor carrot [Juicycrunch Carrot], or even other food items. In some cases eggs (such as Inv egg 01 [Small Egg]), alcohol, herbs, or even more exotic ingredients are also used.

High-level Well Fed buffs are powerful enough to make Cooking a popular profession. In particular end-game content often requires characters to have as good stats as possible to overcome various challenges, making Cooking foods a must.

Official overview[]

Cooks experiment with strange and wondrous ingredients gathered from the far corners of Azeroth. A dedicated chef is able to turn mundane ingredients, recently caught fish or leftover animal meat into a delectable and nutritious meal. Ambitious cooks can even create massive feasts to sate the hunger of entire adventuring parties. Food made with cooking speeds health recovery, and some foods provide long-term buffs to heroes with full bellies.

Cooking is a secondary profession - anyone can train to be a cook, no matter how many other professions they've devoted themselves to.

Most cooking must be done over a heat source - either a cooking fire you've started yourself, or an open stove, campfire, etc.

Though many cooking recipes utilize meat from animals you've slain in the wilderness (making cooking a convenient way to utilize your leftovers), the fishing profession also provides you with a great deal of stock to try out new recipes. The health benefits of Azerothian seafood are well-documented.[1]

Suggested classes[]

All classes benefit from cooking: damage dealers (DPS), tanks and healers alike. With the addition of the new recipes available in Outland, Northrend, and Cataclysm there is something for everyone!


Creating food usually requires three components: A recipe, ingredients, and heat.

  • Cooking recipes can either be learned from Cooking trainers, who can be found in capital cities as well as some minor cities, or from blueprints (recipes as items) which may drop from monsters, be sold by vendors, or rewarded from quests.
  • Your ingredients will usually be meat from the beasts or fish in Azeroth and Outland. Some recipes also require vendor-sold ingredients such as Inv drink 07 [Refreshing Spring Water], or herbs gathered with Herbalism. Since patch 3.1.0, the vast majority of recipes have been streamlined and no longer require additional ingredients, with the exception of the "higher" food versions in Wrath of the Lich King (see below).
  • Your heat source must be a Cooking Fire, such as a Campfire, a Stove, a Brazier, or a Fireplace, but not a Forge.

Summary of skill levels[]

Cooking Recipes

Outland Bc icon
Northrend Wrath-Logo-Small
Cataclysm Cataclysm
Pandaria Mists of Pandaria
Draenor Warlords of Draenor
Legion Legion
Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth
Shadowlands Shadowlands
Dragon Isles Dragonflight


Cooking works just like any other crafting-profession; in order to advance your skill, you must constantly create dishes or higher levels by obtaining the recipes and ingredients. Whenever you create an item at a proper profession level, you may be guaranteed or have the chance of gaining a skill point.

The color of the recipe in your cooking window (menu) indicates whether you will gain a skill point in Cooking when you create the item. The color codes of all professions, including Cooking, are as follows:

  • Red = Cannot create yet; you need a higher skill level in Cooking before you can create this recipe. You'll never see this on a recipe you know as an ability, but you may see it on a recipe as an item (such as Inv scroll 03 [Recipe: Clam Bar]).
  • Orange = Will always receive a Cooking skill point when you create that item, unless if you're at max skillpoint for your current skill level.
  • Yellow = Likely to receive a Cooking skill point.
  • Green = Unlikely to receive a Cooking skill point.
  • Gray = No chance for skill increase.

All items in crafting-professions eventually end up being gray as your skill improves. Most begin as orange when you learn them, but some begin at yellow, green, or even gray (meaning the recipe cannot give you any skillups at all, such as Inv drink 23 [Hot Apple Cider]).

When you gain enough Cooking skill points, you will need to visit a Cooking trainer to advance to the next skill level. Notice that as with other crafting-professions, a higher skill level may be trained prior to "finishing" the one before it. For example, Journeyman may be obtained at skill 50 although Apprentice goes to 75.

Expansion Proficiency Title Skill Recipes
WoW Icon update Apprentice




1 - 300

1 - 75

75 - 150

150 - 225

225 - 300


Bc icon Master 1 - 75 Outland
Wrath-Logo-Small Grand Master 1 - 75 Northrend
Cataclysm Illustrious Grand Master 1 - 75 Cataclysm
Mists of Pandaria Zen Master 1 - 75 Pandaria
Warlords of Draenor Draenor Master 1 - 100 Draenor
Legion Legion Master 1 - 100 Legion
Battle for Azeroth - 1 - 175 Battle for Azeroth
Shadowlands - 1 - 175 Shadowlands
Dragonflight - 1 - ??? Dragon Isles

Apprentice (0-75)[]

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See also: List of Apprentice Cooking Recipes
  • Cooking trainers which are able to train you all the way to Illustrious Grand Master are found in several places in the game. For young chefs, cooking trainers can conveniently often be found in the second village a player is likely to find, such as Kharanos in Dun Morogh or Bloodhoof Village in Mulgore. This is common for most professions.
  • Apprentice Cooking can be obtained for a cost of 1s.
  • Apprentice Cooking can be learned at level 5. Unlike most professions, however, Cooking does not have any level-requirements in order to learn skill levels. Technically, this means a level 5 player could level cooking all the way to skill 525 (max) as long as higher-level players supplied the ingredients and recipes needed.
  • Upon obtaining the Cooking-ability, you will instantly learn three recipes; Inv misc food 18 [Roasted Boar Meat], Inv misc food 18 [Charred Wolf Meat] and Inv egg 03 [Herb Baked Egg]. In addition, you may learn Inv misc food 95 grainbread [Spice Bread] right away from the trainer.
  • Trade fishing Fishing is a very useful, possibly mandatory profession for anyone who practices or levels cooking. It is a good idea to learn it at the same time you learn cooking, and afterward try to level both professions at the same time (no matter how boring fishing may be).
  • You can start doing the Cataclysm-daily cooking quests in Stormwind or Orgrimmar once you become level 10. Each quest turned in yields +1 or +2 skills to cooking (depending on the quest). The Chef's Awards can be used much later.

Journeyman (76-150)[]

See also: List of Journeyman Cooking Recipes
  • Journeyman Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 5s when you reach Cooking skill 50.
  • Most cooking recipes are not learned from the trainer, but from recipes as items. While 9 recipes are available from the trainer from skill 0-75, only 2 are available from skill 80-125. This means that the foods you'll be using to level cooking with will likely be learned from recipes purchased from different vendors. This is the case with higher levels of cooking as well.

Expert (151-225)[]

See also: List of Expert Cooking Recipes
  • Expert Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 1g when you reach Cooking skill 125.
  • Before patch 3.1.0, chefs had to buy the item Inv misc book 08 [Expert Cookbook] from a vendor some distance from any major city in order to learn Expert Cooking. This is however no longer needed as trainers after the patch is able to teach it.

Artisan (226-300)[]

See also: List of Artisan Cooking Recipes
  • Artisan Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 2g 50s when you reach Cooking skill 200.
  • Before patch 3.1.0, obtaining Artisan Cooking required the completion of a quest. The quest, N Cooking [15-30] Clamlette Surprise, is still available and now teaches a recipe instead: Inv misc shell 03 [Clamlette Magnifique].
  • Cooking at skill 300 will also grant access to a few Bc icon-recipes.
    • In patch 2.3.0, The Rokk <Master of Cooking> Bc icon was added to the game. He gives daily cooking quests which require a cooking skill of at least 275 and are only available for players at or above level 70. The rewards for these quests are the only way to obtain a few recipes.
    • A few recipes at 300 skill and above are sold by NPC's which are members of factions. This means that a certain standing with the relevant factions is necessary in order to obtain them. This was already the case with several recipes used in other professions such as Blacksmithing and Enchanting prior to the Burning Crusade, but none in Cooking. The factions, along with the required standing, are:
Notice that the standing with all these factions does not affect whether a player can learn the recipes or not, only whether it's possible to buy them. It is possible for a player that is at Neutral to buy the recipes and give them to a player who is still at Unfriendly.

Master Bc icon (301-375)[]

See also: List of Master Cooking Recipes
  • The Burning Crusade expansion pack offers master level cooking.
  • Master Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 10g when you reach Cooking skill 275.
  • Before patch 3.1.0, chefs had to buy the item Inv misc book 10 [Master Cookbook] from one of a few vendors in Outland in order to learn Expert Cooking. After the book was removed, Master Cooking could only be learned from cooking trainers in Outland and Northrend. Now, the skill is learned from all cooking trainers.
  • As mentioned, the Burning Crusade-food is a lot more varied than the food cooked below skill 300.
  • Cooking up to skill 375 will also grant access to several Wrath-Logo-Small-recipes.
  • There are more faction-relevant recipes beyond skill 300. The factions, along with the required standing, are:

Grand Master Wrath-Logo-Small (376-450)[]

See also: List of Grand Master Cooking Recipes
  • The Wrath of the Lich King (Wotlk) expansion pack offers Grand Master level cooking.
  • Master Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 35g when you reach Cooking skill 350.
  • The WOTLK daily cooking quests rewards a cooking-currency called Inv misc ribbon 01 [Epicurean's Award]. These are used to buy Wotlk cooking recipes, and the Achievement profession chefhat [Chef's Hat]. Many of the cooking recipes in Wotlk are obtained this way.
  • Cooked food in Wotlk often have "lower" and "higher" versions, depending on whether the player uses Inv misc ammo gunpowder 05 [Northern Spices]. For example, a Inv misc food 135 meat [Shoveltusk Flank] can be cooked into a Inv misc food 89 [Shoveltusk Steak] which yields 35 SP and 30 Stamina. With Northern Spices, you can cook it into a Inv misc food 122 steak [Tender Shoveltusk Steak] which yields 46 SP and 40 Stamina instead. Lower versions can be learned with 375 cooking, but the higher ones require 400. It is the higher versions that are purchased with Cooking Awards.
  • Some recipes at skill 425 and beyond will be "feasts" which can be placed on the ground (or anywhere less dirty) in order for several players to eat from it at once. This saves materials and time. The Inv misc fish 52 [Fish Feast] which is made at skill 450 was the most powerful food in Wotlk.
  • Cooking up to skill 450 will also grant access to a few Cataclysm recipes.

Illustrious Grand Master Cataclysm (451-525)[]

See also: List of Illustrious Grand Master Cooking Recipes
  • The Cataclysm expansion pack offers Illustrious Grand Master level cooking.
  • Illustrious Grand Master Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 50g when you reach Cooking skill 425.
  • While the daily cooking quests in Stormwind and Orgrimmar are available to level 10-players, most of the cooking recipes which are purchased with the cooking-currency Inv misc ribbon 01 [Epicurean's Award] require a skill over 450 to learn.
  • While Wotlk-feasts aim to fit all types of classes by giving a Well Fed which supplements different stats, Cata-feasts work a little different. Depending on the player's highest stat, Well Fed apparently gives either strength, agility or intellect. The most powerful feast in the game at the moment, Inv misc food meat cooked 02 [Seafood Magnifique Feast], is made at skill 525 (max).
  • Like in Wotlk, most Cataclysm-recipes have a "lower" and "higher" version. The difference is that the versions in Cataclysm use different materials and no spices.

Zen Master Mists of Pandaria (526-600)[]

See also: List of Zen Master Cooking Recipes
  • The Mists of Pandaria expansion pack offers Zen Master level cooking.
  • Zen Master Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 51g when you reach Cooking skill 500, or from the quest N Cooking [10-35] Ready for Greatness.
  • It is possible to buy cooking ingredients for Zen Master Cooking using Inv relics idolofferocity [Ironpaw Token], gained by doing cooking quests, dailies or by a repeatable quest, N [10-35] Replenishing the Pantry, located at Halfhill in Valley of the Four Winds.
  • Similar to Wotlk and Cataclysm, Pandaria foods have three different versions, a "lower", "middle" and "higher" version.
  • The vegetable ingredients for recipes may be grown at the new player-controlled farm, Sunsong Ranch.

Draenor Master Warlords of Draenor (601-700)[]

See also: List of Draenor Master Cooking Recipes
  • Draenor Cooking is taught from Inv scroll 03 [The Joy of Draenor Cooking], a world drop.
  • Recipes can be discovered through cooking recipes, or sampling the dishes themselves. Recipes grant skill points all the way from 1-700.
  • Standard dishes offer +75 buffs, while delicacy dishes are combined through a meat and fish selection, and offer +100 buffs. Only +75 feasts are produced through Cooking, while the +100 feasts are obtained from the Barn. +125 buff food was added in 6.1, purchased from Garrison vendors.

Legion Master Legion (701-800)[]

See also: List of Legion Master Cooking Recipes
  • The Legion expansion pack offers Legion Master level cooking.
  • Legion Master Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 48g when you reach Cooking skill 700.
  • Legion food is split into several categories. Snacks provide small buffs, Light Meals provide +225 buffs, Large Meals provide +300 buffs, Delicacies combine large meals with more reagents to provide +375 buffs, and Feasts.
  • Recipes can be obtained through drops or purchased from Nomi in Dalaran.


Main article: Cooking quests

The majority of cooking quests are dailies. They, including other non-daily cooking quests, usually have in common that they somehow supply the player with cooking recipes. Other quests ask the player to cook something by using Cooking and some both. At higher skill (+375) it is necessary to complete several dailies in order to access more recipes.


Like other secondary professions, Cooking includes a number of achievements. Most of them focus on learning recipes, making food, and performing the daily cooking quests.

Cooking achievements
Note: This list is up to date as of Patch 10.1.7

Patch changes[]


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