Cataclysm Classic Cooking Leveling Guide 1-525

This Cataclysm Classic Cooking leveling guide will show you the fastest way to level your Cooking skill up from 1 to 525 in Cataclysm Classic.

I recommend trying Zygor's 1-85 Leveling Guide if you are still leveling your character or you just started a new alt. The guide will help you to reach level 85 a lot faster.

Table of contents:

Cooking Trainers

Horde trainers:

Alliance trainers:

Cooking Leveling

If you also want to level Fishing but haven't leveled it yet, you should use my Fishing and Cooking leveling guide instead:

Fishing & Cooking Leveling Guide 1-525

1 - 40

60x Spice Bread - 60x Simple Flour, 60x Mild Spices

Cooking Supply vendors near your trainer sell these:

Don't buy them from the Auction House!

The recipe will be green for the last few points, so you might have to make more.

40 - 65

Make around 25-35 from any recipes in the table below. You don't have to make the same recipe. You can make a few from each.



Recipe Source

35x Roasted Boar Meat 35x Chunk of Boar Meat Trainer
25x Smoked Bear Meat 25x Bear Meat

Sold by Andrew Hilbert / Drac Roughcut

30x Spiced Wolf Meat 30x Stringy Wolf Meat Trainer
35x Brilliant Smallfish 35x Raw Brilliant Smallfish Vendors
35x Slitherskin Mackerel 35x Raw Slitherskin Mackerel Vendors

Journeyman Cooking

Learn Journeyman Cooking from your trainer. (Requires level 10 and Cooking 50)

65 - 110

You can keep making Smoked Bear Meat, but only up to around 90, so you will need around 35 Bear Meat.

Make around 65 from any of the recipes in the table below.



Recipe Source

65x Boiled Clams 65x Clam Meat
65x Refreshing Spring Water (Vendor)
65x Coyote Steak 65x Coyote Meat Trainer
65x Longjaw Mud Snapper 65x Raw Longjaw Mud Snapper Vendors
65x Bat Bites 65x Bat Flesh Master Chef Mouldier (Horde only)
65x Strider Stew 65x Strider Meat Tari'qa (Horde only)

110 - 130

Make around 20-30 from any recipes in the table below.



Recipe Source

30x Crab Cake 30x Crawler Meat Trainer
25x Dry Pork Ribs 25x Boar Ribs Trainer
20x Bristle Whisker Catfish 20x Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish Vendors
23x Cooked Crab Claw 23x Crawler Claw Kendor Kabonka (Alliance only)

Expert Cooking

Learn Expert Cooking from your trainer.

130 - 175

50x Curiously Tasty Omelet - 50 Raptor Egg

Alliance: Sold by Kendor Kabonka in Stormwind City
Horde: Sold by Nerrist in Northern Stranglethorn and by Keena in Arathi Highlands.

Alternative recipes

175 - 225

50x Roast Raptor - 50 Raptor Flesh

The Recipe: Roast Raptor is sold by Hammon Karwn and by Keena in Arathi Highlands.

Alternative recipes

Artisan Cooking

Learn Artisan Cooking from your trainer.

225 - 250

Make 25 from one of the recipes below.

Spotted Yellowtail is the only recipe from the trainer, the rest of them are from vendors.

Recipe Source
Recipe: Undermine Clam Chowder

Sold by "Chef" Overheat in Badlands and by Mrs. Gant in Booty Bay. It's a limited supply recipe, so if someone bought it before you, you must wait for it to respawn. I'm not sure about the exact respawn timer. (or buy it from the Auction House)

Recipe: Monster Omelet

Sold by Himmik in Winterspring at Everlook. He is inside the inn
Or by Malygen (Alliance only) in Felwood.

Recipe: Tender Wolf Steak

Sold by Dirge Quikcleave in Tanaris.

Recipe: Filet of Redgill

Sold by Kelsey Yance at Booty Bay. (He is in the large building at the end of the ship dock in Booty Bay. Enter the building and make an immediate left.)

250 - 285

40x Juicy Bear Burger - 40x Bear Flank

You can also make Charred Bear Kabobs.

Alternative recipes

285 - 300

15x Smoked Desert Dumplings - 15 Sandworm Meat

You must complete two Silithus quests for this cooking recipe.

  1. Desert Recipe
  2. Sharing the Knowledge

You can farm the needed 15x Sandworm Meat from Dredge Strikers and Dredge Crushers in Silithus.

Alternative recipes

Both recipes are sold by Vivianna / Sheendra Tallgrass in Feralas.

TBC Cooking (300-350)

Learn Master Cooking from your trainer.

300 - 325

Make one of these:

30x Ravager Dog - 30x Ravager Flesh
30x Buzzard Bites - 30x Buzzard Meat

Recipe location:

Recipe: Ravager Dog is sold by Cookie One-Eye (Horde) and Sid Limbardi (Alliance) in Hellfire Peninsula.

You have to complete a quest chain for Recipe: Buzzard Bites. You can pick up the first quest from Legassi in Hellfire Penninsula. /way 49.2 74.8

  1. Ravager Egg Roundup
  2. Helboar, the Other White Meat
  3. Smooth as Butter

325 - 350

You have 3 choices now.

40x Talbuk Steak - 40x Talbuk Venison
40x Roasted Clefthoof - 40x Clefthoof Meat
40x Warp Burger - 40x Warped Flesh

Recipe location:

Kurenai Reputation

Alliance characters start as 'Unfriendly' with the Kurenai, so you can't buy recipes from Uriku if you haven't completed any Kurenai quests.

  1. Talk to Ikuti at the Orebor Harborage. Pick up Ango'rosh Encroachment and Daggerfen Deviance from him.
  2. Interact with the Wanted Poster near Ikuti and pick up the Wanted: Chieftain Mummaki quest. (if you face him, the poster is to your left)
  3. Completing these 3 quests will give you enough reputation to reach Neutral with the Kurenai faction then Uriku will sell you her cooking recipes.

There are other ways to reach neutral. This is just how I did it with my characters.

WotLK Cooking (350-450)

Learn Grand Master Cooking from your trainer.

350 - 365

Pick up the Northern Cooking quest from one of these trainers below.

You will need 4x Chilled Meat to complete the quest and it will teach you the Northern Stew recipe. Make around 23 to reach 365

23x Northern Stew - 23 Chilled Meat

The recipe will be yellow, so you might have to make more.

365 - 400

Make around 70 from any of these recipes below.

Rhino Meat, Worm Meat, Shoveltusk Flank, or Fangtooth Herring will probably be the cheapest.



Worm Delight Worm Meat
Shoveltusk Steak Shoveltusk Flank
Roasted Worg Worg Haunch
Rhino Dogs Rhino Meat
Mammoth Meal Chunk o' Mammoth
Smoked Salmon Glacial Salmon
Poached Nettlefish Nettlefish
Pickled Fangtooth Fangtooth Herring
Grilled Sculpin Musselback Sculpin
Baked Manta Ray Imperial Manta Ray

400 - 415

23x Black Jelly - 69x Borean Man O' War

If you can't get Borean Man O' War or it's expensive, you can make more from the previous recipe (around 70-100).

415 - 440

50x Darkbrew Lager - 100x Skin of Dwarven Stout, 50x Jug of Badlands Bourbon

You can buy the Skin of Dwarven Stout and the Jug of Badlands Bourbon from these vendors:

440 - 450

10x Blackened Surprise - 10x Toughened Flesh

Cataclysm Classic Cooking (450-525)

Learn Illustrious Grand Master Cooking from your trainer.

Cooking Daily Quests

From this point, every recipe will be purchased with Chef's Award. This currency is rewarded for completing daily cooking quests for Marogg in Orgrimmar and for Robby Flay in Stormwind City.

Once you have enough awards, you can buy recipes from Shazdar in Orgrimmar and Bario Matalli in Stormwind City. One recipe usually costs 3x Chef's Award

450 - 475

Check the price of the items below at the Auction House and choose the one that is the cheapest and you can buy about 20-25 from it.

Striped Lurker - Recipe: Lightly Fried Lurker
Lavascale Catfish - Recipe: Lavascale Fillet
Blood Shrimp - Recipe: Whitecrest Gumbo
Monstrous Claw - Recipe: Seasoned Crab
Snake Eye - Recipe: Salted Eye

The easiest item to farm is Blood Shrimp if you want to farm the reagents. Blood Shrimp can be found in Abyssal Clam, which is dropped by most mobs in Vashj'ir.

475 - 500

Check the price of the items below at the Auction House and choose the one that is the cheapest and you can buy about 30-35 from it.

Highland Guppy - Recipe: Pickled Guppy
Blood Shrimp - Recipe: Hearty Seafood Soup
Giant Turtle Tongue - Recipe: Tender Baked Turtle

500 - 525

Same as above, check the price of the items below at the Auction House and choose the one that is the cheapest and you can buy about 30-35 from it.

Algaefin Rockfish - Recipe: Baked Rockfish
Basilisk "Liver" - Recipe: Basilisk Liverdog
Crocolisk Tail - Recipe: Beer-Basted Crocolisk
Blackbelly Mudfish - Recipe: Blackbelly Sushi
Deepsea Sagefish - Recipe: Delicious Sagefish Tail
Dragon Flank - Recipe: Grilled Dragon
Lavascale Catfish - Recipe: Lavascale Minestrone
Fathom Eel - Recipe: Skewered Eel

Congratulations on reaching 525! Please send feedback about the guide if you think there are parts I could improve, or you found typos, errors, wrong material numbers!

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