Guild Wars 2 Cooking Guide: Leveling 1-400 FAST

Cooking, or as it’s known in Guild Wars 2, Chef, is a crafting skill that allows you to create a variety of different foods that serve as buffs in-game. These foods can do literally anything ranging from increasing the duration of the boons on your player to upping your total Magic Find percentage for a short period of time. Some of these foods are absolutely invaluable. They can help you earn more experience when leveling and find better gear from drops.

The cooking skill is one of the most expensive to level, though. Below you’ll find a fast guide to leveling your chef craft from 1 to 400. For this guide we did not use a crafting booster. If you buy everything from the vendor and the Trading Post it will be a little pricey. It took us about 8 gold and a bit of Karma to buy all the mats.

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Total Cost: ~8g (if bought at buy now prices, not buy orders), 105 Karma

Time Required: ~30 minutes

Reward: Level 400 Chef + TONS of general experience for your player.

Cooking/Chef Leveling Guide

Guild Wars 2 Cooking Guide

Required Ingredients

  • 150 Bags of Flour (Purchase 15 sets from the Master Chef)
  • 125 Jugs of Water (Purchase 13 sets from the Master Chef)
  • 100 Packets of Salt (Purchase 10 sets from the Master Chef)
  • 25 Jars of Vinegar (Purchase 3 sets from the Master Chef)
  • 25 Jars of Vegetable Oil (Purchase 3 sets from the Master Chef)
  • 25 Bags of Sugar (Purchase 3 sets from the Master Chef)
  • 25 Buttermilk (Under the ‘Cooking Supplies for Karma’ section – 2nd bag down – purchase 1 ‘Buttermilk in Bulk’ for 35 Karma)
  • 25 Yeast (Same section as above, purchase 1 ‘Yeast in Bulk’ for 35 Karma)
  • 25 Cheese Wedges (Same section as above, purchase 1 ‘Cheese Wedges in Bulk’ for 35 Karma)
  • 225 Sticks of Butter (Buy from the Trading Post, will cost around 1 gold or so)
  • 100 Black Peppercorns (Buy from the TP, will cost about 30 silver or so)
  • 50 Slabs of Poultry Meat (Buy from the TP, will cost somewhere around 20 silver or so)
  • 100 Carrots (Buy from TP, costs around 35-40 silver)
  • 125 Onions (Buy from TP, costs around 11-13 silver)
  • 75 Eggs (buy from TP, costs around 40 silver or so)
  • 25 Clams (Purchase from the TP for about 2 silver)
  • 50 Chocolate Bars (Purchase from the TP, will be around 80 silver to 1 gold, just depends)
  • 25 Portobello Mushrooms (Buy from the TP for about 2 silver)
  • 25 Oranges (Buy from the TP for about 25 to 30 silver)
  • 25 Heads of Cauliflower (Purchase from the TP for about 25 silver)
  • 100 Slabs of Read Meat (Buy from the TP for around 7 to 8 silver)
  • 25 Tarragon Leaves (Buy from the TP for about 25 silver)
  • 25 Asparagus Spears (Buy from the TP for around 7 to 8 silver)
  • 25 Cayenne Peppers (Buy from the TP for about 12 silver or so)
  • 25 Bowls of Dilled Cream Sauce (most expensive ingredient on the list, buying straight from the TP will cost somewhere around 2 gold)
  • 25 Pasta Noodles (Purchase off the TP for about 20-24 silver)
  • 25 Slices of Garlic Bread (Also a bit pricey, buy from the TP for about 45 to 50 silver)
  • 25 Bowls of Peach Pie Filling (Buy from the TP for about 20 silver)
  • 25 Bowls of Blackberry Pie Filling (Buy off the TP for about 30 silver)

NOTE: The prices mentioned above are for the buy now listings. If you have the patience to wait for the ingredients you can simply place buy orders for all of these and save quite a bit of coin in the process.

Levels 1-100

Through this guide we will be working through 4 different level brackets. Each bracket will require a new set of recipes for you to craft in order to receive enough experience to rank up to the next bracket.  Please note that during the first bracket a few items may stop giving you experience but they are needed to make the items listed in later brackets so you still need to do them.

Here are the details for 1-100:

Craft 50 Balls of Dough

Recipe: Jug of Water, Bag of Flour, Stick of Butter

50 Balls of Dough

Craft 100 Piles of Salt and Pepper

Recipe: Pack of Salt, Black Peppercorn

100 Piles of Salt and Pepper

Craft 50 Bowls of Poultry Stock

Recipe: Jug of Water, Slab of Poultry Meat, Onion, Carrot

50 Bowls of Poultry Stock

Craft 25 Bottles of Simple Dressing

Recipe: Jar of Vegetable Oil, Jar of Vinegar, Pile of Salt and Pepper

25 Bottles of Simple Dressing

Craft 25 Balls of Cookie Dough

Recipe: Stick of Butter, Bag of Flour, Egg, Bag of Sugar

25 Balls of Cookie Dough

Craft 25 Bowls of Roux

Recipe: Bag of Flour, Stick of Butter

25 Bowls of Roux

Levels 100-200

Before moving on to craft the next item you’ll need to use the discovery tool to unlock a new recipe. To do this, simply click on the discovery tool tab (the anvil icon), double click on the required ingredients for the recipe (or drag them into the squares on the screen), and then click on the ‘craft’ button.

Discover the Meatball Recipe

Ingredients Required: Slice of Garlic Bread, Slab of Read Meat, Cheese Wedge, Egg

Discover Meatball Recipe

Craft 24 More Meatballs (will give you 25 total)

Recipe: Same as above.

24 Meatballs

Craft 25 Bowls of Cream Soup Base

Recipe: Glass of Buttermilk, Bowl of Roux, Pile of Salt and Pepper, Bowl of Poultry Stock

25 Bowls of Cream Soup Base

Discover Clam Cakes Recipe

Ingredients Required: Clam, Poultry Stock, Flour, and Egg

Discover Clam Cakes Recipe

Craft Clam Cakes 24 More Times

Recipe: Same as above. This will give you a total of 50 because each craft nets 2 clam cakes.

24 Clam Cakes (50 total)

Discover Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Ingredients Required: Ball of Cookie Dough, Chocolate Bar

Discover Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Craft Chocolate Chip Cookies 24x

Recipe: Same as above. You will end up with a total of 50 cookies because each time you get 2.

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24 Chocoloate Chip Cookies (makes 50 total)

Discover Bowl of Creamy Portobello Soup Recipe

Ingredients Required: Portobello Mushroom, Onion, Cream Soup Base

Discover Bowl of Creamy Portobello Soup Recipe

Craft Bowl of Creamy Portobello Soup 24x

Recipe: Same as above.

24 Bowls of Creamy Portobello Soup (50 total)

Levels 200-300

 Discover the Bowl of Krytan Meatball Dinner Recipe

Ingredients Required: Meatball, Pasta Noodles, Bowl of Dilled Cream Sauce

Discover Krytan Meatball Dinner Recipe

Craft Bowl of Krytan Meatball Dinner 24x

Recipe: Same as above.

24 Krytan Meatball Dinners (50 total)

Discover the Chocolate Orange Recipe

Ingredients Required: Orange, Chocolate Bar

Discover Chocolate Orange Recipe

Craft Chocolate Orange 24x

Recipe: Same as above.

24 Chocolate Oranges (25 total)

Discover Bowl of Cauliflower Sautee Recipe

Ingredients Required: Cauliflower, Piles of Salt and Pepper, Stick of Butter

Discover Bowl of Cauliflower Sautee Recipe

Craft Bowl of Cauliflower Sautee 24x

Recipe: Same as above.

24 Bowls of Cauliflower Sautee (25 total)

Discover the 3 Blackberry Pies Recipe

Ingredients Required: Bowl of Blackberry Pie Filling, Stick of Butter, Ball of Dough

Discover Blackberry Pie Recipe

Craft 3 Blackberry Pies 24x

Recipe: Same as above. You’ll end up with 75 Blackberry Pies altogether.

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24 Blackberry Pies (75 total)

Levels 300-400

Discover the Loaf of Tarragon Bread Recipe

Ingredients Required: Tarragon Leaves, Bag of Flour, Jug of Water, Yeast

Discover Loaf of Tarragon Bread Recipe

Craft 24 Loaves of Tarragon Bread

Recipe: Listed above.

24 Loaves of Tarragon Bread (25 total)

Discover the Plate of Steak and Asparagus Recipe

Ingredients Required: Slab of Red Meat, Asparagus Spears, Stick of Butter, Pile of Salt and Pepper

Discover Plate of Steak and Asparagus Recipe

Craft Plate of Steak and Asparagus 24x

Recipe: Listed above.

24 Plates of Steak and Asparagus (25 total)

Discover the Spicier Flank Steak Recipe

Ingredients Required: Slab of Red Meat, Cayenne Pepper

Discover Spicier Flank Steak Recipe

Craft Spicier Flank Steak 24x

Recipe: Listed above.

24 Spicier Flank Steaks (25 total)

Discover the 3 Peach Pies Recipe

Ingredients Required: Bowl of Peach Pie Filling, Ball of Dough

Discover Peach Pies Recipe

Craft 3 Peach Pies 24x

Recipe: Listed Above. Once you’re done you should have 75 Peach Pies altogether.

24 Peach Pies (75 total)

Congrats, You’re a Master Chef!

That’s all there is to it. If you’ve done everything correctly you should be at level 400 and completely maxed out. This guide was written 4/26/2013. If future updates change the outcome of this cooking guide we will edit it to accommodate the changes. On top of becoming a Master Chef you should also have gone up in general levels quite a bit, too. If you’re a low level player you can expect to go up nearly 10 whole levels but if you’re playing on a more seasoned account you’ll gain just a few levels.

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Bradley has been gaming his entire life on both console and PC titles. He created the Gamocial Gaming Network back in 2010 and continues to be a regular contributor of news, tips, cheats, and guides for the most popular games.
  • http://www.facebook.com/toonseten Toon’s Eten

    ty one of the best tut’s around. i had to buy some extra “slab of red meat” and “bottle of simple dressing” was not in my list when i had to made it (was not a problem i didn’t use it at all) i just did the next step.
    and at the end i think you can make a little less of the last recipe.
    but overall thank you for this marvelous tutorial.
    greetz exp

  • nono

    the price for this guide is around 20 gold now.
    i tryed it today
    i dont mind its 20gold..

  • Underground

    Don’t use this guide… it’s out of date… expensive like hell… you don’t get 1-100 with that mats. Use WvW buff and craft booster and still not enaught…