The cooking profession in New World allows players to craft foods that regenerate health and mana, increase their attribute points, increase their luck while gathering, and increase their max gear score for an applicable trade while crafting. In our New World Cooking Guide, We’ll walk you through everything you need to know about cooking in New World.

Cooking in New World

In order to get started cooking you simply need to gather some cooking ingredients, make your way over to a kitchen or campfire, and press the default key of “E” to begin crafting. Cooking at a campfire is limited to recovery foods and fishing bait. You can not craft any attribute food, trade food, or dyes at a camp. 

Once you’re at the crafting station select the item you wish to craft and if you have the necessary ingredients then you will simply select the blue CRAFT button, or use the slider to craft multiple of the same item if you wish. 

Every time you cook an item you will be rewarded with cooking experience. As your cooking experience increases so will your cooking level. Cooking is capped at level 250. As you progress in cooking level you will be able to cook higher-tier food. 

How to Level Cooking

The information contained here about leveling cooking assumes that you will gather all your resources yourself. However, you do have the option of purchasing the resources from the trading post in order to speed up your cooking leveling in New World. 

In order to efficiently level cooking, you’re going to want to stick with the recovery foods. The attribute and trade foods will provide more experience per food cooked for each tier, but the amount of time spent to obtain the raw materials outweighs that of recovery food by quite a bit. You will need component food for most of those recipes, and you need very specific ingredients. The recovery food allows you to use many different ingredients and obtain the same result. 

First Craft Bonus

You get a “First Craft” double XP bonus for each unique recipe or meal. Be sure to utilize this when possible as you level Cooking! If you can find items around the same price as the recommended meal to craft that yields the same XP, do so to take advantage of the double XP. If the meal costs over double the price, do not craft it for the day.

Level 1 – 50

First, we will be crafting Travel Rations to level 50. You can use a large variety of cooking ingredients to make Travel Rations, but for the sake of the guide, we’ll

be using Red Meat and Blue Berry. Below is the amount you’ll need to hit level 50.

Level 50 – 150

Next, we’ll be crafting Light Meals to get from level 50 to 150. Below is the total amount of material you’ll need to craft 3800+ Light Meals

Level 150 – 250

Finally for the Rest of the way, we’ll be crafting Hearty Meals and a lot of them. AGAIN, you can use any material you want to craft the Meals but below is a list of the cheapest options to get you to Max Level Cooking

Max Level Cooking

To get the most out of your cooking, you’ll want to find a complete set of Chef gear. This will increase the chance to cook extra meals by more than 20% when you craft! Chef Gear can be looted from the appropriate boss OR be purchased from the auction house. Below is a list of each piece of crafting gear and where you can find it in the open world:

Chefs GearHow to Obtain it
Covenants Chef ApronConvenant Faction Vendor
Chef HatSkysong Maiden Ping
Chef ShirtViridulon the Rootbound
Chef GlovesUnhallowed Soul of Myrkgard
Chef PantsFay the Last Protector
Chef ShoesPit Lord Daehi

You can also craft them from a pattern located in the Tier III Aptitude box from Cooking. You will also need an Earring with the Cooking mastery perk on it. To complete the set.

Next, you’ll want to get a set of Cooking Trophies! You can have one Cooking Trophy in each of your houses (3 total). Below are the 3 tiers of Cooking Trophies and their benefits.

TrophyBonusArtifact Item
Minor Cooking Crafting Trophy10% Increase YieldBase Craft (N/A)
Basic Cooking Crafting Trophy20% Increase YieldChef’s Secret Techniques
Major Cooking Crafting Trophy30% Increase Yield Chef’s Secret Cookbook

With your Chefs gear, 3 Major Cooking Trophies, and an Earring with the Cooking Mastery perk you will have a 114% chance to proc an extra meal when you cook your food! This is extremely important when cooking valuable tier V food like stat food.

Different Types of Foods and Buffs

Food in New World is broken down into 4 different categories. Each category of food ranges from Tier 1 to Tier 5:

  • Recovery Foods
  • Attribute Foods
  • Trade Skill Foods
  • Food Components

Recovery Foods

Recovery Foods are used to recover both health and mana. Health Recovery foods will allow you to recover X amount of health (the higher tier food the more health you will recover) per second for 20 seconds, but the recovery will stop if damage is taken. Afterward, you will recover 1% of your health every 2.5 seconds for X minutes (the higher tier food the longer the duration). 

Mana recovery foods are called “Energizing” rations or meals. This type of food will grant you an increased mana regeneration rate by X% (the higher tier food the higher the regeneration rate) for X minutes (the higher tier food the longer the duration).  

You will have, by default, the recipes to craft all 5 tiers of both types of recovery food beginning at level 1. However, in order to craft the tier 5 recovery food, you must work your way up to 150 cooking.

Attribute Foods

Attribute foods will increase the specified attribute for a specified duration of time depending on the tier of food your craft. These foods also grant you health recovery while the food buff is active. 

Attribute Foods are broken down into the following:

  • Strength Foods
  • Dexterity Foods
  • Intelligence Foods
  • Focus Foods
  • Constitution Foods

There are foods that provide all of one attribute and some that provide a split of two. The other attribute foods follow this same pattern. Attribute food you are crafting will always have that attribute as the primary attribute, and then depending on the food you craft could have another secondary attribute as well. 

Trade Skill Foods

Trade skill foods are broken down into both crafting and gathering foods. For each gathering profession you can craft a food that will increase your luck by a specified amount, and for each crafting profession that has associated gear scores you can craft a food that will increase your minimum and maximum gear score for crafted items for a specified amount of time. This applies to the following:

  • Weaponsmithing
  • Jewelcrafting
  • Engineering
  • Arcana
  • Armoring

Food Components

The last category of food, called food components, are simple ingredients that are used in other recipes but have to be crafted first. For example, cooking oil is used to craft Game Meat Skewers. In order to get cooking oil you must first craft some by using fish oil and nuts. 

Where to Find Cooking Recipes

By default, you will have access to all tiers of Recovery foods, but will only have access to up to tier 2 for attribute foods, tier 2 for gathering foods, and tier 3 crafting foods. 

The remaining recipes will have to be found throughout Aeternum by looting provision containers. The higher the tier recipe you are looking for, the higher tier zone you are going to have to venture into in order to find the recipe. Recipes do NOT drop from every provision crate. They can be tough to find so it may take quite a while to obtain the recipes you are searching for. Recipes that are found are tradeable so you can purchase them from the trading posts as well. 

A rough look at what zone contains which tier recipe is as follows:

  • Tier 3 Recipe – Level 16 – 38 
  • Tier 4 Recipe – Level 36 – 58
  • Tier 5 Recipe – Level 56+

You can find every provision container in New World by checking our Interactive map and filtering by Chests and then Provisions.

Where to Find Cooking Ingredients

Cooking ingredients in New World can be obtained in multiple ways. You can skin animals for meat, go fishing, loot provision crates, harvest crops from farms, harvest herbs for spices, and of course buy ingredients from the trading post. 

All animal spawns can be found by using our interactive map and filtering by whichever animal you are looking for. You can also find all fishing hotspots, provision crates, crops, and herbs by using the map as well. 

Obtaining meat, fish and crops is pretty straightforward. Kill animals and skin them for meat, go fishing for fish, and harvest crops at the farms for crops like carrots, broccoli, squash, etc.  

However, spices and other ingredients can be a little harder to come by. Some ingredients are region-specific and can only be found in provision crates in that specific region. See the chart below. (This chart can also be referenced in our Quick Reference Section)

Herb and Spices

Spices in New World are another ingredient that can be a bit tricky to track down. They are obtained by harvesting herbs in New World. Every herb location can also be found by using our interactive  map. However, different spices are region-specific. See the chart below

Artisan Items

The Artisan line has a few select crafts for Engineers, Weaponsmiths, Armorers, Jewelcrafters, Arcanists, and Chefs that allow them to craft an array of bind-on Pickup items to allow them to have a unique transmog! Below are the items that can be crafted using the cooking profession:

  • Meals – Epic Rarity and Bind on Pickup
    • Artisans Flatbread
      • This meal has the same effect as Hearty Meal but lasts twice as long and has a default craft bonus amount of 120%
    • Artisans Roasted Rabbit with Seasoned Vegetables
      • This meal has the same effect as Roasted Rabbit with Seasoned Vegetables but lasts twice as long

New World Cooking Guide Conclusion

That concludes our New World Cooking Guide.