Cooking is one of the many skills to be gained in The Sims, The Sims 2 and The Sims 3.

A higher Cooking skill reduces the chances of a Sim accidentally causing a fire while cooking. In The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, Sims will learn to make different meals as their Cooking skill increases, and the chance that they will burn a meal will go down. Some careers require Cooking skills, most notably the Culinary career.

To increase your Sim's Cooking skills, you may need to buy a bookcase and let your Sim read a Cooking book. In The Sims 2, preparing food, even cold food such as cereal or sandwiches, also increases the skill. Even so, it's still recommended to have a few skill points before attempting to cook on a stove, as one constant in the Sims games is that an unskilled cook using a stove is liable to start a fire.

In The Sims and The Sims 3, the Cooking skill determines how satisfying a meal is when a Sim has made it. The better your Sim's Cooking skill, the faster the Hunger bar will be filled. Cooking with fresh food improves the quality of the meal in The Sims 2 and The Sims 3.

The Sims: Makin' Magic

In The Sims: Makin' Magic, Cooking is vastly improved, with Sims able to collect ingredients and bake bread, pie, or cake. Several new appliances included in the expansion pack can increase a Sim's Cooking skill, such as the Old-Fashioned Butter Churn and the Wax 'n' Honey Maker. There is also a cookbook with recipes for baked goods and nectars, as using incorrect ingredients will produce a burned mess or undrinkable liquid, regardless of the maker's cooking skill.

In Makin' Magic, the Cooking skill also determines how many charges a magical Sim will get when making a spell.

The Sims 2

Cooking skill can be gained from the bookshelf, by preparing a meal, by using the Culinary career reward object, which is the chocolate maker, or by watching the cooking channel (Yummy Channel) on television.

While Cooking skill does not actually determine amount of satisfaction of the same food, a higher cooking skill means the Sim can cook other things, with a higher satisfaction, and less chance of fire or burning. In addition, high-level Sims will occasionally giggle and mock the program when watching the Yummy Channel.

Food by Cooking level

Level Foods
Snacks Breakfast Lunch Dinner Desserts
0 Juice
Instant Meal
Toaster Pastry

Lunch Meat Sandwiches
TV Dinner
Instant Meal
Hot Dogs

Bass with Squash[1]

Instant Meal
TV Dinner
Mac and Cheese
Hot Dogs

Bass with Squash

1 None None None Spaghetti None
2 None None Grilled Cheese


Blackened Catfish[1]

Blackened Catfish None
3 None Pancakes Hamburgers
Chef's Salad
Chef's Salad
4 None Omeletes

Chili Con Carne

Stuffed Rainbow Trout[1]

Stuffed Rainbow Trout None
5 None None None Pork Chop None
6 None None Stuffed Golden Trout[1]


Stuffed Golden Trout
Turkey (Group Meal only)

Layer Cake
7 None None None

Grilled Ribs

(A grill is required)



8 None None None None Baked Alaska
9 None None None None None
10 None None None Lobster Thermidor None

Open for Business allows Sims to Make any meal they have the skill to prepare at any time of day.

The Sims 3

Cooking returns as a skill in The Sims 3.

The skill is augmented by the Natural Cook trait. Perfectionist Sims take longer to cook for better result. Vegetarian Sims learn vegetarian versions of meat dishes. The cooking skill is also a excellent skill for making legendary parties; high quality food makes your guests happy!


Favorite Meal, Meal Most Prepared, Highest Quality Meal, Recipes Prepared, Recipes Known


Star Chefs have prepared at least 50 meals, so they clearly know their way around the kitchen. The dishes they prepare are more pleasing to those that eat them.
Star Chef
World-Class Chefs have prepared at least 75 dishes and are masters of the kitchen. World-Class chefs are known to prepare meals significantly faster.
World-Class Chef
Menu Mavens have learned to prepare all recipes. Recipes are earned by improving the cooking skill and can be purchased at the bookstore. Menu Mavens prepare higher quality food.
Note: 28 recipes total, ca. 3.5% per recipe (35 recipes in World Adventures)


Better meals give progressively better and longer lasting positive moodlets.


Dishes that have a 'Recipe' source can be learned in a number of ways.

  • Purchasing and reading recipes from the bookstore. See list of cooking books. Recipes for foods available with World Adventures can be purchased at the bookstores in Al Simhara, Champs Les Sims and Shang Simla.
  • 'Trade Cooking Secrets' social interaction. Target Sim must have cooking skill, active Sim must have unknown recipes.
  • Watching 'Cookin' Cable' TV channel.

Img Level Recipe Quality Ingredients Min. Cost Time Source Note
Mac and Cheese 0 Mac and Cheese Normal Cheese §8 Lunch, Dinner No skill
Autumn Salad 0 Autumn Salad Normal Lettuce §5 Brunch, Lunch, Dinner No skill Cold cooking[4]
Waffles 0 Waffles Normal Egg §11 Breakfast, Brunch No skill
Hot Dogs 0 Hot Dogs (Tofu Dogs) Normal Links §8 Lunch, Dinner No skill Grilled[5]
Ratatouille 1 Ratatouille Normal Tomato §5 Lunch, Dinner Recipe
Peanut Butter and Jelly 1 Peanut Butter and Jelly Normal Any Fruit §6 Brunch, Lunch Skill level Cold cooking[4]
Pancakes Sims3 1 Pancakes Normal Any Fruit §6 Breakfast, Brunch Skill level
Goopy Carbonara 2 Goopy Carbonara Normal Onion §11 Lunch, Dinner Skill level
Grilled Cheese 2 Grilled Cheese Normal Cheese §8 Lunch Skill level
Fish and Chips 3 Fish and Chips Nice Any Fish §5 Dinner Recipe Grilled[5]
Cookies 3 Cookies Nice Egg §11 Dessert Recipe
Fruit Parfait 4 Fruit Parfait Nice Apple, Grapes §12 Breakfast, Brunch Recipe Cold cooking[4]
Spaghetti 4 Spaghetti (with Veggie Sauce) Nice Tomato §5 Dinner Skill level
Sushi 4 Sushi Nice Any Fish §5 Dinner Skill level Cold cooking[4]
Stu Surprise 5 Stu Surprise Nice Two Any Ingredients §10 Dinner Skill level
Cheesesteak 5 Cheesesteak Nice Cheese, Steak §38 Lunch, Dinner Recipe Grilled[5]
Hamburger 6 Hamburger (Veggie Burger) Very Nice Onion, Patty §35 Lunch, Dinner Skill level Grilled[5]
Cobbler 6 Cobbler Very Nice Any Fruit, Egg §17 Dessert Recipe
Key Lime Pie 7 Key Lime Pie Very Nice Lime, Egg §25 Dessert Skill level
Eggs Machiavellian 7 Eggs Machiavellian Very Nice Watermelon, Egg §25 Breakfast, Brunch Recipe
Grilled Salmon 8 Grilled Salmon Very Nice Garlic, Potato, Salmon §48 Dinner Skill level Grilled[5]
Tri-Tip Steak 8 Tri-Tip Steak Very Nice Potato, Any Vegetable, Steak §46 Dinner Recipe Grilled[5]
Stuffed Turkey 9 Stuffed Turkey Great Two Any Vegetables, Roast §40 Dinner Recipe Serve only
French Toast 9 French Toast Great Two Apples, Egg §23 Breakfast, Brunch Skill level
Dim Sum 9 Dim Sum Great Three Any Fish §15 Brunch, Lunch Skill level
Baked Angel Food Cake 10 Baked Angel Food Cake Great Flame Fruit, Two Eggs §22 + ? Dessert Recipe Grants Moodlet[6]
Ambrosia 10 Ambrosia Perfect Deathfish, Life Fruit §? Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner Recipe Various effects[7]
Lobster Thermidor 10 Lobster Thermidor Great Garlic, Lobster, Bell Pepper §66 Dinner Skill level
CheesePlate 1 Cheese Plate[TS3:WA] Normal Cheese, Grape §6 Dessert Recipe Recipe can be bought in France
Bouillabaisse 3 Bouillabaisse[TS3:WA] Nice Any Fish, Any Vegetable §5 Dinner Recipe Recipe can be bought in France
FrogsLegs 3 Frogs Legs[TS3:WA] Nice Frog, Garlic §23 Dinner Recipe Recipe can be bought in France
Crepes 8 Crepes[TS3:WA] Great Any Two Fruits §? Breakfast, Brunch Recipe Recipe can be bought in France
Shawarma 1 Shawarma[TS3:WA] Normal Steak §30 Lunch, Dinner Recipe Recipe can be bought in Egypt
Falafel 5 Falafel[TS3:WA] Nice Lettuce, Onion §15 Lunch, Dinner Recipe Recipe can be bought in Egypt
EggRolls 2 Egg Rolls[TS3:WA] Nice Egg, Lettuce §5 Lunch, Dinner Recipe Recipe can be bought in China
StirFry 6 Stir-Fry[TS3:WA] Very Nice Bell Pepper, Garlic §41 Dinner Recipe Recipe can be bought in China


Cooking Contest
Prepare and submit a meal to the restaurant, better food means better chance to win first prize. Time limited. Cash Reward.
Prepare Meal
Prepare a 'perfect' meal for a neighbor. This is only accomplished when your Sim has made a meal with a quality of Perfect.
Fresh Cookies for Sale!
Bake two group servings of Cookies for a class.
One, Two, Tri-Tip Steaks
Prepare a group serving of Tri-Tip Steaks and give it to a Sim neighbor.
Hot Dogs, Please
Prepare hot dogs and give it to a Sim neighbor. Cash Reward
The Greatest Food Ever
Bring [Sim] a great group meal. Time limited. Cash Reward
Very Nice!
Prepare a very nice group meal.::Bring [Sim] a perfect group meal. Time limited. Cash Reward
Bring ingredients to [Sim]. Improve skill and relationship.::Bring 10 Excellent Cheese to the Restaurant. Cash Reward
Bring ingredients to [Sim]. Improve skill and relationship.::Bring 10 Excellent Cheese to the Restaurant. Cash Reward
Outstandingly Rare


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Requires Seasons
  2. Sims with the Grilled Cheese aspiration or Secondary Aspiration can make Grilled Cheese at all times, with any Cooking skill.
  3. Requires Open for Business
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Cold cooking: Cooked without using fire or oven. Fast cooking time.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Grilled: Cooked on oven or outdoor grill.
  6. Eating Baked Angel Food Cake grants Warm Fuzzies Moodlet (+15 mood for 5 hours)
  7. Eating Ambrosia grants Divine Meal Moodlet (+75 mood for 7 days), resets age, and revives ghost. Single serving only. See Ambrosia for more details.

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