Guild Wars 2 Cooking Guide 1-400


Why you NEED to level up cooking to 400:

  1. It’s incredibly easy to do and CHEAP
  2. Maxing cooking will give you INSANE experience(I went from level 66 to 72.5 raising my cooking from 300 to 400)
  3. Food gives you AMAZING buffs(how does 28% magic find, 30% more gold, and 10% more experience sound?)

This guide is pulled from this thread: http://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/z2fio/spoilers_cooking_guide_1400/

UPDATED: http://www.guildwars2guru.com/topic/56511-chef-cooking-0-400-guide/

Another amazing resource for recipes, gives you exactly what goes into each recipe in the game: http://www.gw2db.com/recipes/cook

I’ve included pictures of exactly where to find the karma vendors that sell the bulk produce and exactly where to harvest the drops you need.

Going from 1 to 400 cooking in Guild Wars 2

Leveling cooking is actually very simple because you’ll mostly use bulk foods bought from karma vendors and then ingredients bought from the cooking vendor.

I recommend buying 10 bulk packages(so 250 total) of each karma item listed here(for example, chili peppers and lemons).

The bulk produce is cheap and it will save you time later from having to go back to vendors to purchase more ingredients.

(0) Ball of Dough
Bag of Flour (80 copper per 10) – Chef crafting vendor
Stick of Butter (21 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor
Jug of Water (80 copper per 10) – Chef crafting vendor

All of these mats can be purchased straight from the chef vendor.

(25) Bottle of Simple Dressing
Jar of Vegetable Oil – Chef crafting vendor
Jar of Vinegar – Chef crafting vendor
Pile of Salt and Pepper – Created from combining salt with black peppercorns

First make some piles of salt and pepper by combining black peppercorns with salt, then make the bottle of simple dressing.

(50) Chili Pepper Popper
Cheese Wedge (21 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor
Chili Pepper (21 karma per 25) – (Renown) Milton Book, Cornucopian Fields, Gendarran Fields

Here’s a picture of where Milton Book can be found, the Gendarran Fields are directly north of Lion’s Arch and are a level 25-35 zone. Remember to buy 10 bulk packages if you can afford to spend the karma. Purchase vanilla beans as well, they will be necessary in quite a few of the later recipes.


(75) Bowl of White Frosting
Stick of Butter (21 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor
Bag of Sugar (80 copper per 10) – Chef crafting vendor
Jug of Water (80 copper per 10) – Chef crafting vendor
Vanilla Bean (21 karma per 25) – (Renown) Milton Book, Cornucopian Fields, Gendarran Fields
(100) Pile of Paprika
Bell Pepper (21 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor
Chili Pepper (21 karma per 25) – (Renown) Milton Book, Cornucopian Fields, Gendarran Fields

(125) Bowl of Chocolate Frosting
Bowl of White Frosting – Premade
Chocolate Bar (21 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor

This step is easy, everything comes straight from what you’ve already crafted or the chef vendor. Save the chocolate frosting as it will be used for later recipes.

(150) Chocolate Cherry
Chocolate Bar (21 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor
Cherry (35 karma per 25) – (Renown) Lieutenant Summers, Nightguard Beach, Harathi Hinterlands

Here’s a picture where Lieutenant Summers is, the Harathi Highlands are a level 35-45 zone north of the Gendarran Fields(the fields are directly north of Lion’s Arch). Be sure to buy 250 cherries.

(175) Cherry Tart
Stick of Butter (21 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor
Bag of Sugar (80 copper per 10) – Chef crafting vendor
Ball of Dough (premade) – Chef crafting vendor
Cherry (35 karma per 25) – (Renown) Lieutenant Summers, Nightguard Beach, Harathi Hinterlands

(200) Bowl of Chocolate Cherry Frosting
Bowl of Chocolate Frosting – Premade
Cherry (35 karma per 25) – (Renown) Lieutenant Summers, Nightguard Beach, Harathi Hinterlands

Use the chocolate frosting you made earlier along with cherries for this part.

(225) Chocolate Orange
Chocolate Bar (21 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor
Orange (35 karma per 25) – (Renown) Cesselia, Bloodtide Coast (southeast)

Oranges are found at the very southeastern tip of the Bloodtide Coast(level 45-55 zone). The bloodtide coast can be found by going directly south of Lion’s Arch. Cesselia can be found due east of the Whisperwill Waypoint in a little oasis there. Again purchase 250 as they will be used in later recipes.


(250) Orange Cake
Stick of butter – Cooking Vendor
Egg – Cooking Vendor
Bowl of Baker’s Dry Ingredients – Created
Orange (35 karma per 25) – (Renown) Cesselia, Bloodtide Coast (southeast)

You’ll have to make the bowl of baker’s dry ingredients by using karma and purchased materials from the cooking vendor. Alternatively you can make Ginger Pear Tarts but that means you’ll have to make another trip out to find the pears on a vendor. The pear vendor can be found in Champion’s Shield in the Iron Marches.


(275) Bowl of Orange Coconut Frosting
Bags of Sugar (80 copper per 10) – Chef crafting vendor
Bowl of Sour Cream (21 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor
Coconut (35 karma per 25) -  (Renown) Lionscout Tunnira, Archen Foreland, Bloodtide Coast
Orange (35 karma per 25) – (Renown) Cesselia, Bloodtide Coast (southeast)

Coconuts can be found from Lionscout Tunnira. Her heart quest is right at the beginning of the Bloodtide Coast zone as you come in from Lion’s Arch.

(275) Orange Cake
Stick of Butter (21 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor
Egg (21 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor
Orange (35 karma per 25) – (Renown) Cesselia, Bloodtide Coast (southeast)
Bowl of Baker’s Dry Ingredients (320 copper per 10) – Chef crafting vendor ingredients x4

(275) Orange Coconut Cake
Orange Cake – Premade
Orange Coconut Frosting – Premade

Some different options. If you want the most experience discover and craft all three.

(300) Peach Cookie
Ball of Cookie Dough – Premade
Peach (35 karma per 25) – (Renown) Noc Chief, Fireheart Rise (west)

The peach vendor is found in the very west of Fireheart Rise. You reach Fireheart Rise through the west of the Iron Marches. And you reach the Iron Marches by going North West through the Blazeridge Steppes. While you’re here you should spend time exploring and gathering raspberries. Raspberries can be found to the north of the Noc Chief. You’ll need about 20 raspberries to progress through to 350 cooking.

(325) Raspberry Peach Compote
Bag of Sugar (80 copper per 10) – Chef crafting vendor
Raspberry – Gathering nodes in Fireheart Rise
Peach (35 karma per 25) – (Renown) Noc Chief, Fireheart Rise (west)
(350) Raspberry Peach Bar
Raspberry Peach Compote – Premade
Bowl of Baker’s Wet Ingredients (84 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor ingredients x4
Bowl of Baker’s Dry Ingredients (320 copper per 10) – Chef crafting vendor ingredients x4

Self explanatory here, now you’re starting to make food that give really nice buffs :)

(350) Peach Tart
Stick of Butter (21 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor
Bag of Sugar (80 copper per 10) – Chef crafting vendor
Ball of Dough – Premade
Peach (35 karma per 25) – (Renown) Noc Chief, Fireheart Rise (west)

(375) Bowl of Peach Pie Filling
Bag of Flour (80 copper per 10) – Chef crafting vendor
Stick of Butter (21 karma per 25) – Chef crafting vendor
Bag of Sugar (80 copper per 10) – Chef crafting vendor
Peach (35 karma per 25) – (Renown) Noc Chief, Fireheart Rise (west)

(375) Peach Pie
Ball of Dough – Premade
Bowl of Peach Pie Filling – Premade

CONGRATULATIONS! You are now a master chef :)

Check out some of these real life healthy gamer recipes that are simple to prepare, delicious, and nutritious. 

  • Tricked.

    Very outdated now, especially cause you can’t buy many things through karma now. Will cost you a lot more then what it says, would suggest either updating or just removing this guide.

    • driedubbeldikkeonderkinkind

      still managed to get cooking from 1-400 for less than 2g.
      Only had to get to some of the distant outposts / renown npc’s to get some mats for Karma.

      All and all a nice guide, even though its outdated.

      another hint, check the wiki to be sure about where to get items.
      /wiki **** whereas **** is the item name or w/e helps a lot.