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Classic Cooking Profession Guide

Last updated on Mar 23, 2020 at 06:15 by Blainie 9 comments

Cooking allows players to create food and drinks for players to consume to regenerate health and resources. This is a secondary profession, meaning it does not take up one of the primary slots that others would, such as Blacksmithing or Mining.

If you are going to level up Cooking, we recommend leveling it alongside Fishing, as you can use most of the fish that you catch to level up Cooking.


Cooking Trainers and Where to Find Them

Just as with Fishing, you can learn Cooking from any of the Cooking trainers, but you cannot learn Expert and Artisan Cooking from trainers.

For the first 2 ranks, you can learn them from any of the following trainers.


Alliance Cooking Trainers


Horde Cooking Trainers


Quest Recipe Vendors

Rather than completing low level quests for Cooking recipes, you can visit Kendor Kabonka in Stormwind City to buy quest reward recipes. Note that there is no Horde-only equivalent to this vendor.

Kendor Kabonka sells the following recipes:


Expert Cooking and How to Learn It

Expert Cooking can only be learned after buying a cookbook from a vendor of your faction. The book is called Expert Cookbook Icon Expert Cookbook and costs 1 gold.

For the Alliance, you will need to head to Mystral Lake in Ashenvale and buy the book from Shandrina.

For the Horde, you will need to head to Shadowprey Village in Desolace and buy it from Wulan.


Artisan Cooking and How to Learn It

Artisan Cooking can only be learned through a questline that you can start once your Cooking skill is 225 or above and your character is Level 35 or above.

For the Alliance, head to Daryl Riknussun in Ironforge and pick up I Know A Guy.... For the Horde, you will need to head to Zamja in Orgrimmar and pick up To Gadgetzan You Go!.

Both of these quests will send you to Gadgetzan in Tanaris, where you will have to meet Dirge Quikcleave. He will ask you to give him 12 Giant Egg Icon Giant Eggs, 10 Zesty Clam Meat Icon Zesty Clam Meat, and 20 Alterac Swiss Icon Alterac Swiss.

Make sure to prepare the materials ahead of time, so you do not have to make the journey twice.


Leveling Cooking from 1 to 300

Cooking is not particularly hard to level, but it can be quite expensive. We recommend leveling it alongside Fishing to make use of the fish you will catch.

You should follow the Cooking and Fishing Leveling Guide on wow-professions.com for the best method of doing so.

If you choose to level Cooking without Fishing, we recommend saving the meat you loot when leveling or cooking it immediately. This can save you time and money later on, rather than simply vendoring the meat.


Making Money from Cooking

Ideally, you will want to use Cooking to make food that players will need when raiding or PvPing in the endgame phase. It is the easiest way to ensure demand of the food you are making.

Alternatively, you can also make cosmetic food, such as Savory Deviate Delight Icon Savory Deviate Delight.


Best Food for Each Class

Note that the food included in the list is all currently available in-game. While there may be better options later in the game, these are not included yet as they are not available.

The recommendations for certain melee DPS will change once the Dragons patch goes live in Phase 4, with melee instead using Smoked Desert Dumplings Icon Smoked Desert Dumplings. We will update this list once the patch is live to fit the recommendations in each class guide.


Cosmetic Food


Savory Deviate Delight

Of the potential options, Savory Deviate Delight Icon Savory Deviate Delight is certainly one of the easiest and most reliable to make money with. It transforms players into a Human pirate or ninja, with the gender depending on your character's gender.

To obtain Recipe: Savory Deviate Delight Icon Recipe: Savory Deviate Delight, you will need to either buy it on the Auction House, or you can farm it from mobs in The Barrens. The recipe requires only 1 Deviate Fish Icon Deviate Fish and 1 Mild Spices Icon Mild Spices.

The Deviate Fish Icon Deviate Fish can be found in the pools of water throughout The Barrens. You can either find these in pools or you can simply fish them from the water without a pool. Note that, if you are not fishing in a pool, the chance to receive one is much lower.

You can also buy these fish if you do not want to farm them yourself, but they are also used in the Elixir of Giant Growth Icon Elixir of Giant Growth and can cut into your potential profits very heavily.



  • 23 Mar. 2020: Added mention of Phase 4-specific food.
  • 29 Sep. 2019: Added note about saving meat to level Cooking.
  • 27 Sep. 2019: Updated Making Gold section with more information on Deviate Fish.
  • 28 Aug. 2019: Added section on Kendor Kabonka and updated trainer list.
  • 26 Aug. 2019: Guide added.
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