Carl's Sims 3 Guide - Skills, Traits, Careers, Rewards, and Lifetime Wishes for Ambitions and World Adventures

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The Sims 3 Cooking Skill Guide

Cooking Perfect Meals in The Sims 3 with Recipes and Ingredients

Guide Navigation:
Cooking Overview  |  Master Cooking  |  Recipe List  |  Ambrosia  |  Good Traits
Challenges and Opportunities

This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.

Welcome to my The Sims 3 Cooking Guide. Within this section of the site, you'll learn about the cooking skill and all its aspects. I'll give you helpful tips to raising your Sim's skill as a chef, and help your Sim cook perfect food. You'll also find a full list of recipes, and information about the cooking challenges and opportunities in the game.

This guide will provide plenty of help to console owners of The Sims 3. Both Xbox 360 and PS3 Simmers will benefit from the tips and recipes included in this cooking section. You'll learn good traits and lifetime wishes to choose, and get advice for making it to the top of the culinary world. Maybe even cook Ambrosia!

Each of the new destinations in World Adventures adds new recipes to the game. We've updated the recipe list to include these new types of food. Know that each new recipe can be purchased from the book vendor in the travel destinations, the list may be helpful for learning the new stuff that's out there and where you'd like your Sim to focus their efforts. There are some great meals to be made and Sims who spend enough time in China can even learn to eat their food with chopsticks like the locals do. The addition of these recipes of course changes the Menu Maven challenge to require your Sim to learn 28 recipes, so travel will be helpful if you want to complete it a little earlier or avoid learning the ambrosia recipe.

Why Your Sims Need Cooking
The cooking skill has a use for every Sim, because all Sims must eat! In order to be truly happy, Sims need to enjoy fine meals. The mood boost from eating a well-cooked meal is invaluable for every Sim. The positive moodlet it grants lasts a full eight hours, as well. Getting the mood bar as high as posisble will help with work, learning other skills, and help keep the lifetime happiness points rolling in. Quick meals will only satisfy hunger, and fail to give any boost to mood.

The Natural Cook trait will keep your Sims from burning down the kitchen.Fires are also a hazard that comes with a low cooking skill. I'm sure a million Sims have died from fires caused by cooking waffles alone. The financial losses are also high, because insurance usually serves only to pay for a portion of the cost of a new appliance. With just a few levels in the skill, the dangers of fire are almost completely nullified, as Sims will no longer burn food.

You won't really make money with this skill aside from the rewards of an occasional opportunity. That is, directly. Sims who pursue the culinary career track will find that their cooking skills make them a load of cash. Five-Star chefs can bring in $1400 and up working only four hours a night. The three night a week schedule leaves them plenty of opportunity to pursue other skills as well. Click to learn about the Culinary Career Track

Children and Teens Cooking
Both Children and Teenagers can pursue cooking, although children cannot prepare meals. See the respective guide to kids to see how they can improve for when they grow up. Teenagers can learn every recipe and may prepare meals.

Cooking Perfect Meals in the Sims 3

Cooking perfect food in the Sims 3 isn't that difficult, but the right combination of bonuses to meal quality will need to be present to make it happen more quickly. First, as a ray of hope to all the aspiring chefs out there, cooking a meal multiple times will increase the quality of that meal. Your Sim learns to cook these meals better from experience. It's a good idea to focus your practice on the recipe for your Sim's favorite food and improve its quality. Specialize in a breakfast, lunch and dinnner meal. Your Sim will eventually want to make that food, giving you an outlet for more lifetime happiness points. Your skill journal will tell you what type of food has been your biggest hit, and you should consider making that the meal of choice for your Sim's parties.

The quality of the ingredients your Sim is using is also a factor in the food's end quality. So the closer to perfect your ingredients, the better the base quality of your meals. Your Sim can look for produce from wild plants, and even grow good ingredients by using the gardening skill itself. Food purchased from the grocery store seems to have a higher quality than food bought directly from the refrigerator. Taking up gardening is vital to your Sim being able to cook Ambrosia. Sims can even eventually learn to grow cheese, eggs and meat as well to get high quality versions of those ingredients. Fishermen can catch fish to provide quality ingredients for their cooking efforts. These two work very well in combination. A high level gardener can even learn to grow Omni plants and duplicate the death fish they've caught from fishing.

The chef's cooking traits can also help his culinary efforts. This bonus is primarly gained through the natural cook trait. The trait itself will boost the food quality. They also get the ability to 'kick up a notch' any meals they've prepared, which will bump the quality of the meal by one level toward perfect. The perfectionist trait will also help, although it will cause meals to take longer to prepare. Perfectionists tend to spend more time doing something, but do it better than other Sims.

Don't skimp on the kitchen equipment. Low quality stoves can cause uneven cooking, which your Sims won't like. Higher quality appliances give a boost to the quality of the meal directly. The MinusOne Kelvin Refrigerator, or "Master Chef Fridge" will vastly improve meal quality, and is available to Sims who have ascended to the top level job in the Culinary career track, Five Star Chef.

Your Sim's progress in the cooking skill is probably the most important factor. The skill level itself will lead to higher quality meals, and the challenges associated with it can set it through the roof. Completing all three challenges for the cooking skill would give a Sim higher quality meals that are prepared faster and give an even higher boost to mood. Eventually, with enough practice and decent ingredents all your Sim's meals will be perfect. They can in fact achieve perfect status without the ingredients if your Sim is experienced enough in that recipe.

Cooking Guide Navigation:
Cooking Overview  |  Master Cooking  |  Recipe List  |  Ambrosia  |  Good Traits
Challenges and Opportunities

The Sims 3 Skills
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Laser RhythmLogicMartial ArtsMixologyNectar MakingPaintingPhotography
RidingScienceScuba DivingSculptingSocial NetworkingStreet ArtWriting

Share Tips and FAQs (2)

Our Sims Forum is the place to go for faster answers to questions and discussions about the game. Use the form below to share your own experiences and provide helpful tips to other readers.

Lexy James says...
Yeah, it's kind of hard getting to cook it
28th May 2014 8:49am
Playalot says...
Use a skill book to raise skill level before attempting cooking for the first time... unless you actually want a fire :P
15th January 2018 10:47pm
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