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The Sims 3 Culinary Career Track

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Culinary Career Track in the Sims 3To apply for the culinary career track in the Sims 3, have the Sim head to one of the restaurants in town. Naturally, this career track will require a very high cooking skill. At the tenth level, Five Star chefs will receive a master chef fridge which serves as an awesome trophy and will improve all meal quality. Look for it in the family inventory under build mode after receiving the refrigerator. Chefs will also receive free meals from restaurants in the higher levels.

The Sims 3 Culinary Career Track: Pay Rate, Hours Worked and Skill Reqs

Career Track
Job TitleWork HoursSalary/Pay Rate
Wages Earned/Day
Job Promotion &
Work Promotion Factors
1Kitchen ScullionSun, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Cooking, Mood
2Spice RunnerSun, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Cooking, Mood
3Vegetable SlicerSun, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Cooking, Mood, Boss
4Ingredient TasterSun, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Cooking, Mood, Boss, Co-workers
5Line CookSun, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Cooking, Mood, Boss, Co-workers
6Pastry ChefSun, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Cooking, Mood, Boss, Co-workers
7Sous ChefSun, Tue, Fri, Sat
Cooking, Mood, Boss, Co-workers
8Executive ChefSun, Tue, Fri, Sat
Cooking, Mood, Boss, Co-workers
9Chef de CuisineMon-Thu
Cooking, Mood, Boss, Co-workers
10Five-Star ChefSun, Fri, Sat
Cooking, Mood, Boss, Co-workers

Good Traits for The Sims 3's Culinary Career Track

Natural Cook
Of course the only trait that is directed at cooking helps with this career track. This will help your Sim to learn cooking faster, and produce higher quality meals.

My stand-by trait for career tracks where your Sim needs to befriend the boss and co-workers pops up again here. Befriend them all early and your Sim will have a very easy climb to the top level job.

Look to Good Traits For Every Career for more ideas.

Culinary Career Uniforms
The Sims 3 Culinary Spice Runner Uniform
Spice Runner Uniform
The Sims 3 Ingredient Taster Uniform
Ingredient Taster Uniform
The Sims 3 Line Cook Uniform
Line Cook Uniform
The Sims 3 Pastry Chef Uniform
Pastry Chef Uniform
The Sims 3 Sous Chef Uniform
Sous Chef Uniform
The Sims 3 Chef de Cuisine Uniform
Chef de Cuisine Uniform
The Sims 3 Five Star Chef Uniform
Five Star Chef Uniform
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Wolffriendinus says...
Has anyone else noticed that their sim stopped aging after they maxed this career and you started using the MinusOne Kelvin fridge that you get for reaching the top?
This has never happened to me and I use this fridge in almost all of my games.  Are you sure you didn't purchase the age freeze potion or accidentally turn off aging?  You're not making massive amounts of ambrosia right?
17th June 2013 3:43pm
Wolffriendinus says...
Yes I'm positive. She can't catch Death fish, and I've never purchased the age freeze potion for any sim, but especially this one as its a legacy family. I checked everything I could think of. Aging is on, no age freeze potion, no ambrosia, no fountain of youth. It started when she maxed the career, adopted a baby girl and started using the fridge.
*NOTE: The baby is now an adult plantsim and aging just fine.
Sounds like you have a glitched Sim. I know it's a legacy but in an effort to save the game - would you be willing to move to a new town. Especially with the new patch that came out today. That may help get her aging again. I've experienced this bug in the past and the only fix was moving towns or starting over.
18th June 2013 5:51pm
burn says...
Can't you do the reset sim? I mean my sisters sim stopped aging and she done none of the things above, She got me to type the resetsim (Name of sim)And it worked fine after than.
9th November 2013 5:43am
Keitani says...
In your aging settings, is the "young adult" or "adult" setting an extremely high number?
I've had that setting randomly go up before (after a few downloads from SimResource), the day settings had gone up to like 600+ and my sim's children caught up in age lol.
6th September 2018 8:34pm
Rathamon says...
Perfectionist Trait is also a good candidate for anyone in the Culinary career as it helps produce higher quality food early on.
19th August 2013 2:54am
Gaius Mitsius says...
In what universe is the chef de cuisine ABOVE the friging EXECUTIVE CHEF?!?!
19th April 2018 8:22pm
Playalot says...
In a make-believe Simverse ;)
20th April 2018 8:11pm
Keitani says...
So, is there anyway to become the boss through the career track? Or do I just have to buy out the restaurant?
6th September 2018 8:28pm
Playalot says...
Buying the restaurant and playing the culinary career are not related. Eventually your sim will be promoted to level 10 Five Star Chef which is the top of the career. If you buy a restaurant lot you will get the option to hire/fire sims but this is a different mechanic to playing the career.
8th September 2018 7:12pm
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