WoW Classic Cooking Guide 1-300

So, you want to become Azeroth’s master chef do you? Looking to save some gold and feast on some delicious food that gives you those nice stat buffs? Then you’ve found yourself in the right spot. In this guide we will show you how to go from an uncultured peon to Azeroth’s own Gordon Ramsay. Welcome to the WoW classic 1-300 cooking guide.

Cooking in WoW Classic is one of the three secondary professions, the others being first aid and fishing. This means that cooking can be learned in addition to your two primary professions (for example herbalism and alchemy). Cooking is a useful profession for every class in the game, and just about every level of content there is. Whether you are speedrunning Molten Core, trying to down Nef for the first time, slaughtering noobs in Warsong Gulch, or just farming your little heart out, cooking can help.

There are two primary routes for leveling your cooking from 1-300 in Classic Wow, although they do differ a bit from Horde to Alliance. That being said, let’s take a look at what makes cooking so valuable – or to jump straight into the guide, just use the table of contents below:

Cooking Guide Table of Contents:

Why Should You Level Cooking?

The first benefit you’ll encounter with cooking is during the leveling process. As we all know, getting your mount at level 40 is important to speed up your leveling and improve your overall quality of life. Cooking helps with that! Believe it or not, food gets pretty expensive in Classic WoW (if you aren’t a vending machin….err mage that is). By the time you hit level 60 you can easily have spent upwards of 40 gold on just food, that can seriously cut into your mount and pre-raid BIS budget. Cooking takes all that meat you get from beasts around the world and turns it into actual food, saving you precious gold as you level. Not to mention you can start to get stat buffs with your cooking as well, making your leveling process a little smoother as well.

Speaking of stat buffs, this is what it’s really all about for cooking. Saving gold is nice and all, but who doesn’t love free stats? Are you a tank trying to hold threat over your DPS more easily? Some nice strength food can help you out. Hunter trying to climb higher on the meters, get yourself some agility food. There are food buffs that will benefit every class and spec in the game and can give a nice bit of extra power to your character when raiding, PVPing, or just leveling. Sounds great right? Let’s take a look at where you learn how to cook in Classic WoW.

Alliance Cooking Trainer Locations

Apprentice 1-75 Cooking – You can find your cooking trainer in any of the main 3 cities (Stormwind, Ironforge, or Darnassus)

Journeyman 75-150 Cooking – Those same apprentice trainers can teach you how to become a journeyman chef.

Expert 150-225 Cooking – You’re gonna need to find yourself a cookbook. Shandrina in Mystral Lake, Ashenvale, will sell you what you’re looking for.

Artisan 225-300 Cooking – You’ll need to complete the quest Clamlette Surprise for this – this quest is offered by Dirge Quikcleave in Gadgetzan, Tanaris. To complete the quest you’ll need to bring Dirge the following: 20 Alterac Swiss, 12 Giant Egg, and 10 Zesty Clam Meat.

Horde Cooking Trainer Locations

Apprentice 1-75 Cooking – You can find your cooking trainer in any of the main 3 cities (Orgrimmar, Thunder Bluff, or Undercity)

Journeyman 75-150 Cooking – Those same apprentice trainers can teach you how to become a journeyman chef.

Expert 150-225 Cooking – You’re gonna need to find yourself a cookbook. Wulan in Shadowprey Village, Desolace, will sell you what you’re looking for.

Artisan 225-300 Cooking – You’ll need to complete the quest Clamlette Surprise for this – this quest is offered by Dirge Quikcleave in Gadgetzan, Tanaris. To complete the quest you’ll need to bring Dirge the following: 20 Alterac Swiss, 12 Giant Egg, and 10 Zesty Clam Meat.

Meats or Fish – How Should You Level Cooking?

So, we mentioned there being two main routes to take when leveling cooking in WoW Classic. Those routes would be the fishing route and the dropped meat/beast route. Each have their benefits and are perfectly viable ways to level your cooking skill. The meat route will be easier to upkeep while leveling and a bit less of a hassle for those who do not enjoy fishing. The fishing route on the other hand is a more efficient power leveling technique when level 60 as you can max out your cooking and fishing skills at the same time. If you plan on using fishing at all, we recommend using the fishing route; if you don’t plan to fish, or want to level cooking while leveling, then check out the meat route.

WoW Classic Alliance 1-300 Cooking Guide

Total Alliance Cooking Mats Required

Alliance Apprentice Cooking 1-75

The Smoked Bear Meat recipe comes from Drac Roughcut in Thelsamar, Loch Modan.

Alliance Journeyman Cooking 75-150

There is some recipe collection that needs to be done during this phase of the leveling process. The recipe for Cooked Crab Claws is sold by Kendor Kabonka in Stormwind. Seasoned Wolf Kabobs is gained from completing Chef Grual’s quest in Darkshire, Duskwood. Curiously Tasty Omelet is also sold by Kendor Kabonka in Stormwind.

Alliance Expert Cooking 150-225

Chef Jessen in Southshore, Hillsbrad has a quest that will reward you with the Soothing Turtle Bisque recipe. Conveniently, he is right next to a healthy population of river turtles to farm for meats.

Alliance Artisan Cooking 225-300

225-275 is a bit deceiving as ranking up starts to slow down here unless you get really lucky. Count on about 100 crafts to get these 50 points on average. Smoked Desert Dumplings comes from the Kitchen Assistance quest in Cenarion Hold, Silithus. If this quest chain is not available at the launch of Classic WoW while you are leveling cooking, you can replace this step with Mightfish Steaks (note: you’ll need 250 fishing skill to fish in Azshara for the mats, unless you hit the Auction House).

WoW Classic Horde Cooking Guide 1-300

Total Horde Cooking Mats Required

Horde Apprentice Cooking 1-75

On the Horde side, you can pick up the from Andrew Hilbert in The Sepulcher over in Silverpine Forest.

Horde Journeyman Cooking 75-150

Some recipe collection is required here. For the , you’ll need to bring 8 Dig Rats to Grub in The Barrens, Grub can be found on a tower between Ratchet and The Crossroads. is sold by Zargh in Razor Hill.

Horde Expert Cooking 150-225

The can be purchased from Nerrist in Grom’gol Base Camp over in Stranglethorn Vale. Conveniently, this is also a great place to farm up that raptor flesh.

Horde Artisan Cooking 225-300

225-275 is a bit deceiving as ranking up starts to slow down here unless you get really lucky. Count on about 100 crafts to get these 50 points on average. Smoked Desert Dumplings comes from the Kitchen Assistance quest in Cenarion Hold, Silithus. If this quest chain is not available at the launch of Classic WoW while you are leveling cooking, you can replace this step with Mightfish Steaks (note: you’ll need 250 fishing skill to fish in Azshara for the mats, unless you hit the Auction House).

1-300 Cooking Guide with Fishing

Total Fishing Cooking Mats Required

Tip: If you’re Horde and are lucky enough to come across the you can craft that until it goes green and sell on the auction house for a nice little profit while skilling up. (Alliance can do this as well, but it’s much easier Horde side).

Fishing Apprentice Cooking 1-75

To start off the fishing leveling path you’ll need to purchase a few recipes from your cooking trainer. Both Brilliant Smallfish and Longjaw Mud Snapper  are available to Horde and Alliance from the trainers in the major cities.

Fishing Journeyman Cooking 75-150

Now it’s time to head off to Hillsbrad Foothills, try not to get too carried away slaughtering the opposing faction! Here, you’ll want to pick up the . This recipe is available from Donald Rabonne in Southshore for Alliance (make sure to get the here as well for Alliance players), or Derak Nightfall in Tarren Mill for the Horde.

Fishing Expert Cooking 150-225

Alliance players should already have the from Donald Rabonne in Southshore. Horde players will need to purchase this recipe from Wulan in Shadowprey Village in Desolace.

Fishing Artisan Cooking 225-300

It’s time to hit the desert, conveniently you’ll be down Tanaris way as is to train your cooking. While you’re in Tanaris, head on over to Steamwheedle Port and pick up the recipes for both Spotted Yellowtail and Poached Sunscale Salmon from Gikkix. After the desert it’s time to head to the lush green land of Feralas. Alliance players can buy the Mightfish Steak from Vivianna in Feathermoon Stronghold. Horde players can purchase the recipe from Sheendra Tallgrass in Camp Mojache.