WotLK Classic Cooking Profession and Leveling 1-450 Guide
Cooking allows players to create food and drinks for consumption. This is mostly used to create raid-consumable food for various different buffs. Cooking is a secondary profession, meaning it does not take up one of the primary slots that others would such as Engineering or Tailoring.
If you are going to train up Cooking, we recommend getting skill-ups for it alongside Fishing, as you can use most of the fish that you catch to level up Cooking at the same time.
Cooking is one of the three secondary professions available to all players in WotLK Classic. Because of this, it can be learned by all players without conflicting with other professions. This can be useful early on to provide yourself with free food while leveling.
Cooking goes great when paired together with Fishing as you can use most of the fish you catch while Cooking to level your cooking at the same time, leveling 2 professions for free at once.
Training Cooking in Wrath of the Lich King
Apprentice & Artisan
You can learn Cooking from any Cooking trainer, which are found in capital cities. When you arrive at a major city, you can ask any city guard for directions and pick the Cooking trainer option under the professions section. This will mark its location on your map, allowing you to easily find them and get the Cooking skill.
To train past 300 skill level, you need to speak with a Master Cooking trainer in either Outland or Northrend. This will allow you to train up to level 375 Cooking.
To learn Cooking past 375 skill level you must travel to Northrend and talk with a Grand Master Cooking trainer found below. This will allow you to max your Cooking skill out at 450.
Leveling Cooking in Azeroth (1-300)
Cooking is a very easy profession to get skill-ups in. Most of them can also be obtained by using fish caught from Fishing as there are plenty of different Cooking recipes that use fish that can be caught.
Spice Bread — Its recipe is learned from the Cooking Trainer and the materials needed are sold by the nearby Cooking Supplier.
Smoked Bear Meat — This recipe will need to be bought from Andrew Hilbert in Silverpine Forest at the Sepulcher for Horde, and Drac Roughcut in Loch Modan at Thelsamar for Alliance players. You may also find it on the auction house for a low price.
Dry Pork Ribs — You can take these much further than just 100, but typically there are cheaper alternatives. Pick whichever option is the easiest to acquire.
Bristle Whisker Catfish — Buy this recipe from a cooking or Cooking Supplier in any major city.
Rockscale Cod — Buy this recipe from a Cooking or Cooking Supplier in most major cities.
Leveling Cooking in Outland (300-375)
Here we have a few options for our choice of food to cook. You can pick any of the three options; choose whichever recipe is easiest to get or is the cheapest to get skill-ups with:
- Ravager Dog — Recipe: Ravager Dog
- Buzzard Bites — Recipe: Buzzard Bites
- Quest reward for both factions from Smooth as Butter.
- Blackened Trout — Recipe: Blackened Trout
Again we have a few options for our choice of food to level with. Pick whichever recipe you want based on cost of materials or ease of obtaining to get skill-ups with:
- Golden Fish Sticks — Recipe: Golden Fish Sticks
- Roasted Clefthoof — Recipe: Roasted Clefthoof
- Talbuk Steak — Recipe: Talbuk Steak
- Poached Bluefish — Recipe: Poached Bluefish
- Warp Burger — Recipe: Warp Burger
Leveling Cooking in Northrend (350-450)
Be sure to head to a Grand Master Cooking trainer in Northrend as shown above to unlock Grand Master Cooking, allowing you to max out your Cooking at 450 skill level.
The cheapest way to level from 350-400 is by making Kungaloosh. This recipe however can only be learned by completing a long quest chain in Sholazar Basin, ending with the quest Fletcher's Lost and Found, which will automatically teach you how to make Kungaloosh. Since both of the reagents needed to make Kungaloosh can be purchased from a vendor, this recipe is very easy and cheap to make, only costing around 50 silver per skill-up.
If you wish to skip the long quest chain, or are looking for other ways to level cooking, use one of the recipes below to skill up until 400. Check your servers price on the reagents and use whichever recipe is the cheapest:
|Baked Manta Ray||1 x Imperial Manta Ray|
|Dalaran Clam Chowder||2 x Succulent Clam Meat|
|Grilled Sculpin||1 x Musselback Sculpin|
|Mammoth Meal||1 x Chunk o' Mammoth|
|Pickled Fangtooth||1 x Fangtooth Herring|
|Poached Nettlefish||1 x Nettlefish|
|Rhino Dogs||1 x Rhino Meat|
|Roasted Worg||1 x Worg Haunch|
|Shoveltusk Steak||1 x Shoveltusk Flank|
|Smoked Salmon||1 x Glacial Salmon|
|Worm Delight||1 x Worm Meat|
Black Jelly is the best way to level from 400-425 as it does not require Northern Spices to make, allowing you to easily level up. Be sure to check the price of Borean Man O' War on your server and try to buy it whenever it is cheap.
The only way to continue leveling at this point is by using one of the patterns that can be purchased with Dalaran Cooking Award. This will require you to complete cooking dailies to be able to purchase the recipes. Below is a list of all of the recipes you can buy and use to finish leveling your cooking skill to 450. Some food will be in higher demand than others, make sure to check your server's auction house to find whichever food is in highest demand.
Cooking Dailies in Wrath of the Lich King
Wrath of the Lich King Cooking Dailies
WotLK brings 5 new Cooking daily quests. Each day Katherine Lee or Awilo Lon'gomba will offer you one of the five quests, rewarding you with a 1 Dalaran Cooking Award and a Small Spice Bag upon completion.
The five daily quests are:
- (A) Cheese for Glowergold / (H) Cheese for Glowergold
- (A) Convention at the Legerdemain / (H) Convention at the Legerdemain
- (A) Infused Mushroom Meatloaf / (H) Infused Mushroom Meatloaf
- (A) Mustard Dogs! / (H) Mustard Dogs!
- (A) Sewer Stew / (H) Sewer Stew
Burning Crusade Cooking Dailies
TBC cooking dailies can still be completed to learn those unique cooking recipes. Every day you will be able to grab one of four different quests from The Rokk who can be found in the Lower City section of Shattrath, offering you the reward choice of either Barrel of Fish or Crate of Meat.
The four different quests are:
Cooking Achievements in Wrath of the Lich King
General Cooking Achievments
|Journeyman Cook||Become a Journeyman Cook.|
|Expert Cook||Become an Expert Cook.|
|Artisan Cook||Become an Artisan Cook.|
|Master Cook||Become a Master Cook.|
|Grand Master Cook||Become a Grand Master Cook.|
|Lunch Lady||Learn 25 cooking recipes.|
|Short Order Cook||Learn 50 cooking recipes.|
|Chef de Partie||Learn 75 cooking recipes.|
|Sous Chef||Learn 100 cooking recipes.|
|Chef de Cuisine||Learn 160 cooking recipes.|
Classic Cooking Achievments
|Captain Rumsey's Lager||Brew up some of Captain Rumsey's Lager.|
|The Cake Is Not A Lie||Bake a Delicious Chocolate Cake.|
Outland Cooking Achievments
|Kickin' It Up a Notch||Complete each of The Rokk's 4 cooking daily quests listed below.|
|The Outland Gourmet||Cook each of the Outland cooking recipes listed below.|
Northrend Cooking Achievments
|The Northrend Gourmet||Cook 15 of the Northrend recipes listed below.|
|The Northrend Gourmet||Cook 30 of the Northrend recipes listed below.|
|The Northrend Gourmet||Cook 45 of the Northrend recipes listed below.|
|Dalaran Cooking Award||Obtain a Dalaran Cooking Award.|
|10 Dalaran Cooking Awards||Obtain 10 Dalaran Cooking Awards.|
|25 Dalaran Cooking Awards||Obtain 25 Dalaran Cooking Awards.|
|50 Dalaran Cooking Awards||Obtain 50 Dalaran Cooking Awards.|
|100 Dalaran Cooking Awards||Obtain 100 Dalaran Cooking Awards.|
|Cooking with Style||Obtain a Chef's Hat.|
|Critter Gitter||Using Critter Bites, coerce 10 critters to be your pet within 3 minutes or less.|
|Dinner Impossible||Present a Great Feast in each of the battlegrounds listed below.|
|Second That Emotion||Eat each one of the "emotion" foods listed below.|
|Our Daily Bread / Our Daily Bread||Complete each of the cooking daily quests offered by Katherine Lee or Awilo Lon'gomba in Dalaran.|
|Hail to the Chef / Hail to the Chef||Complete the cooking achievements listed below.|
Cooking is just one of the many professions you may choose to level in Wrath of the Lich King Classic. To learn more about the other options available, we recommend checking out our overviews of all professions and their unique bonuses below.
- 03 Oct. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 4 release.
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