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 probably have to buy a few extra materials.
If you you also to level Fishing but haven't leveled it yet, you should use my Fishing and Cooking leveling guide instead:
Table of contents:
- Cooking Trainers
- 1-50 #Apprentice
- 50-130 #Journeyman
- 130-225 #Expert
- 225-300 #Artisan
- 300-375 #Master (TBC Classic)
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 major city 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.
TBC Cooking Leveling
1 - 40
Cooking Supply vendors near your trainer sell these:
Don't buy them from the Auction House!
40 - 80
Don't forget to learn Journeyman Cooking at 50 or 75! (Requires level 10 and Cooking 50)
80 - 130
You can also go to Ashenvale and head to the Zoram Strand (northwest by the sea) 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 sea creatures will drop Crawler Claw. While you are there, don't forget to buy Recipe: Curiously Tasty Omelet.
130 - 175
175 - 225
Make Soothing Turtle Bisque if you can get some Turtle Meat. The recipe is a reward for completing the "Soothing Turtle Bisque" quest. You can pick up this quest from Chef Jessen and Christoph Jeffcoat in Hillsbrad Foothills.
Artisan Cooking is a reward from Clamlette Surprise. You can get this quest 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 - 250
Make 25 from one of the recipes below.
- 25x Undermine Clam Chowder - 50 Zesty Clam Meat, 25 Ice Cold Milk
- 25x Spotted Yellowtail - 25 Raw Spotted Yellowtail
- 25x Monster Omelet - 25 Giant Egg
- 25x Tender Wolf Steak - 25 Tender Wolf Meat
- 25x Filet of Redgill - 25 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 it before you, 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.)
250 - 285
The drop rate of Bear Flank is around 50%, Wowhead shows a lot lower drop rate.
Both recipes below are sold by Gikkix in Tanaris.
285 - 300
15x Smoked Desert Dumplings - 15 Sandworm Meat
You have to complete two quests in Silithus to get this cooking recipe.
Burning Crusade Classic (300-375)
TBC Cooking Trainers
There aren't any Cooking Trainers trainers in Classic TBC. To learn the new TBC Cooking skill and train above 300, you have to buy a Master Cookbook.
The book is sold by these two NPCs:
- Horde: Baxter in Hellfire Peninsula at Thrallmar. He's in the inn standing behind the innkeeper.
- Alliance: Gaston in Hellfire Peninsula at Honor Hold. He is located in the backroom of the Inn. /way 54.0 63.6
300 - 325
Make one of these:
325 - 355
You have 3 choices now.
- Recipe: Talbuk Steak and Recipe: Roasted Clefthoof is sold by Nula the Butcher (Horde) and by Uriku (Alliance) in Nagrand.
- Recipe: Warp Burger is sold by Innkeeper Grilka (Horde) and by Supply Officer Mills in Terrokar Forest.
355 - 375
Make one of these:
Horde: You can buy both recipes from Xerintha Ravenoak in Blade's Edge Mountains at Ruuan Weald. She sells these in limited supply, so you have to wait if someone bought them before you. If they are not in stock, you should get them from completing the Mok'Nathal Treats quest because it's probably faster than waiting. (I don't know how often she restocks the recipes)
Alliance: You can buy them from Sassa Weldwell in Blade's Edge Mountains at Toshley's Station. (She sells the recipes in unlimited quantity, so Alliance players should always buy them from her)