This Classic WoW Cooking leveling guide will show you the fastest way how to level your Cooking skill up from 1 to 300 as inexpensively as possible.
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:
Fishing & Cooking Leveling Guide 1-300
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
Soothing Spices, Hot Spices, Refreshing Spring Water are usually sold by Cooking Supply vendors near you trainer, so they are not listed in the guide. Don't buy them from the Auction House!
Make around 55 from one of these two:
- 55 x Charred Wolf Meat - 55 Stringy Wolf Meat
- 55 x Roasted Boar Meat - 55 Chunk of Boar 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
30 x Smoked Bear Meat - 30 Bear Meat
The recipe is sold by Andrew Hilbert (Horde) in Silverpine Forest at the Sepulcher, and by Drac Roughcut (Alliance) in Loch Modan at Thelsamar.
Start making Boiled Clams if there is a lot of cheap Clam Meat at the Auction House.
You can also make Spiced Wolf Meat up to around 70 if you can find cheap Stringy Wolf Meat at the Auction House.
80 - 130
Learn Boiled Clams from your trainer then go to the Twilight Shore in Darkshore and farm Encrusted Tide Crawler and other sea creatures.
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.
- 30 x Boiled Clams - 30 Clam Meat, 30 Refreshing Spring Water
- 30 x Crab Cake - 30 Crawler Meat
You can find Clam Meat if you open Small Barnacled Clam. The Refreshing Spring Water is sold by most Innkeepers.
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.
130 - 175
50 x Curiously Tasty Omelet - 50 Raptor Egg
The recipe is sold by Kendor Kabonka in Stormwind City, and by Keena in Arathi Highlands.
Make Bristle Whisker Catfish if you can find cheap Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish at the Auction House. The recipe is sold by these vendors.
Horde players can also get Recipe: Hot Lion Chops from Zargh in The Barrens at Crossroads. It's a good alternative if you can get some Lion Meat.
175 - 225
50 x Roast Raptor - 50 Raptor Flesh
The Recipe: Roast Raptor is sold by Hammon Karwn and by Keena in Arathi Highlands.
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.
Make Mithril Headed Trout if you can buy cheap Raw Mithril Head Trout. The recipe is sold by these vendors
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:
- 12 x Giant Egg
- 10 x Zesty Clam Meat
- 20 x Alterac Swiss
Don't go to Gadgetzan before you get the quest items!
Horde players can start the quest line by picking up the To Gadgetzan You Go! quest from Zamja in Orgrimmar.
Alliance players can start the quest line by picking up the I Know A Guy... quest from Daryl Riknussun in Ironforge.
Both quests will lead you to Dirge Quikcleave in Gadgetzan. Once you find him, he'll give you the Clamlette Surprise quest. Hand in all of the materials and you will learn Artisan Cooking.
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: Spotted Yellowtail is sold by Gikkix in Tanaris. You should also buy Recipe: Nightfin Soup and Recipe: Poached Sunscale Salmon from him because you will use them in the next step.
Recipe: Monster Omelet is sold by Himmik in Winterspring at Everlook. He is inside the inn. Or by Malygen (Alliance) / Bale (Horde) in Felwood.
Recipe: Tender Wolf Steak is sold by Dirge Quikcleave in Tanaris. (If you are in Tanaris you should also visit Gikkix and buy every recipe from him.)
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)
- 35 x Poached Sunscale Salmon - 35 Raw Sunscale Salmon
- 35 x Nightfin Soup - 35 Raw Nightfin Snapper
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.
You can farm the needed 15x Sandworm Meat from Dredge Strikers and Dredge Crushers in Silithus.
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!