Often the materials are based on a case that you will gain one skill point for each craft. This won't happen, so you will have to buy a few extra materials while you are leveling your Cooking.
If you also want to level Fishing but haven't leveled it yet, you should use my Fishing and Cooking leveling guide instead:
I recommend trying Zygor's 1-60 Leveling Guide if you are still leveling your character or just starting a new alt. It will help you to reach level 60 a lot faster.
Table of contents:
Classic Cooking Trainer Location
To become an Apprentice Cook you need to reach level 5 and find a Cooking trainer.
Just click on any of these links below to see the trainer's exact location.
If you are having trouble finding the trainers, you can walk up to a guard in any of the major cities and ask where the Cooking trainer is located. After you ask the guard, the trainer will be marked with a red mark on your map.
- Zamja in Orgrimmar.
- Eunice Burch in Undercity.
- Aska Mistrunner in Thunder Bluff.
- Duhng in The Barrens
- Mudduk in Stranglethorn Vale
- Pyall Silentstride in Mulgore.
- Stephen Ryback in Stormwind City.
- Daryl Riknussun in Ironforge.
- Alegorn in Darnassus.
- Gremlock Pilsnor in Dun Morogh.
- Tomas in Elwyn Forest.
- Zarrin in Teldrassil
Classic Cooking Leveling
1 - 50
Make around 55 from one of these two:
Season of Discovery Tip
If you are playing on a Season of Discovery realm, then you should learn Spiced Wolf Meat from the trainer at 10 and make that instead of Charred Wolf Meat. You can sell them at the Auction House because they are needed in Waylaid Supplies: Spiced Wolf Meat.
- (Horde only) - Make Crispy Bat Wing if you got some Meaty Bat Wing. The recipe is sold by Abigail Shiel in Tirisfal Glades.
- (Horde only) - Make Scorpid Surprise if you got some Scorpid Stinger. The recipe is sold by Grimtak in Durotar.
- (Alliance only) - Make Kaldorei Spider Kabob if you got some Small Spider Leg. The recipe is a reward from Recipe of the Kaldorei. You can get the quest from Zarrin in Teldrassil.
Visit your Trainer again and learn Journeyman Cooking. (Requires level 10 and Cooking 50)
50 - 80
80 - 130
You can also go to Ashenvale and head to the Zoram Strand (where the sea is at north-west) and kill all kinds of sea creatures there.
Cook around 30 Boiled Clams first because the recipe turns green at 110 and then make Crab Cake up to 130.
Alliance players should also buy Recipe: Cooked Crab Claw from Kendor Kabonka in Stormwind because some of the sea creatures will drop Crawler Claw. While you are there, don't forget to also buy Recipe: Curiously Tasty Omelet.
To learn Expert Cooking you need to reach level 20 and level up Cooking to 125, then buy the book Expert Cookbook from Wulan (Horde) in Desolace at Shadowprey Village or from Shandrina (Alliance) in Ashenvale.
Season of Discovery: Professions are currently capped at 150 on Season of Discovery realms. The vendors won't sell this book until they raise the level cap to 40.
130 - 175
175 - 225
Make Soothing Turtle Bisque if you can get some Turtle Meat. The recipe is a reward from the "Soothing Turtle Bisque" quest. You can pick up this quest from Chef Jessen and from Christoph Jeffcoat in Hillsbrad Foothills.
Artisan Cooking is a reward from Clamlette Surprise. The quest can be obtained at level 35+ with 225 Cooking skill.
You will need these to complete the quest:
Don't go to Gadgetzan before you get the quest items!
225 - 275
Make around 65 from one of the recipes below. (You can make these up to even 285 if you can get really cheap meat/fish.)
- 65 x Undermine Clam Chowder - 130 Zesty Clam Meat, 65 Ice Cold Milk
- 65 x Spotted Yellowtail - 65 Raw Spotted Yellowtail
- 65 x Monster Omelet - 65 Giant Egg
- 65 x Tender Wolf Steak - 65 Tender Wolf Meat
- 65 x Filet of Redgill - 65 Raw Redgill
Recipe: Undermine Clam Chowder is sold by Jabbey in Tanaris. (If you are in Tanaris you should also visit Gikkix and buy every recipe from him.) Ice Cold Milk is sold by most Innkeepers or bartenders. It's a limited supply recipe, so if someone bought if before you, then you have to wait for it to respawn. I'm not sure about the exact respawn timer. (or buy it from the Auction House)
Recipe: Filet of Redgill is 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.)
275 - 300
Make around 35 from one of these two. (you can also make the previous recipes up to 285 if these are expensive)
Both recipes are sold by Gikkix in Tanaris.
This recipe requires Cooking 285 to learn.
15 x Smoked Desert Dumplings - 15 Sandworm Meat
You have to complete two quests in Silithus to get this cooking recipe.
Congratulations on reaching 300! Please send feedback about the guide if you think there are parts I could improve, or you found typos, errors, wrong material numbers!