Pay-to-play Cooking training

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This article is about the pay-to-play guide. For the free players' guide, see Free-to-play Cooking training.

This is a guide which aims to assist players in training Cooking in pay-to-play by using the most effective methods and techniques available. This guide may not always be up to date, so it is advised to check prices on the Grand Exchange before purchasing large quantities of ingredients.

It is highly recommended to obtain the cooking gauntlets from the Family Crest quest before training, as they greatly reduce the amount of some foods you may burn whilst cooking. To see what Cooking level is required to stop burning a particular item, please see Cooking/Burn level. Additionally, it is very beneficial to complete the elite Kourend & Kebos Diary, as the reduced burn rate from the Hosidius Kitchen is increased from 5% to 10%. However, note you will need a minimum Cooking level of 79 to complete the diary (After factoring in a +5 boost from using a spicy stew).

Cooking locations[edit | edit source]

Cooking most foods takes four game ticks, and 28 can be cooked per inventory. Therefore, a full inventory takes 112 ticks or 67.2 seconds, making Cooking one of the least attentive skills in the game.

Assuming no banking and no food burned, players could cook up to 1,500 food items per hour; however, factoring in bank-time, players can expect between 1,300 and 1,400 items per hour. The following table compares the different cooking locations by their bank proximity and corresponding items cooked per hour. The table assumes the bank distance is ran, no food is burnt, and that banking takes 4.8 seconds (8 ticks).

Location Spaces from bank Time to cook full inventory and bank Food cooked per hour (assuming 0 burned) Benefits Location
Theoretical maximum 0 67.2 seconds (112 ticks) 1500 N/A N/A
Myths' Guild 0 72 seconds (120 ticks) 1400 Has a stove and a bank diagonally next to the stove, making it better than the Rogues' Den due to it being a stove and not a fire. Requires completion of Dragon Slayer II. Right next to the bank. The mythical cape will teleport you there directly.
Rogues' Den 0 72 seconds (120 ticks) 1400 The banker (Emerald Benedict) is just a step away from the fire and never moves, allowing players to cut down on time spent walking. The fire is everlasting, so there is no need to worry about relighting it, saving inventory space. On the downside, Rogues' Den only has a fire as the means to cook, so it is only usable for cooking fish or meat, and it does not offer the benefit of reduced burning on a range. Start of the Rogues' Den, just below the Burthorpe pub. A games necklace will bring you very close to the pub.
Cook's Guild 2 73.2 seconds (122 ticks) 1377 Few players, so peaceful cooking environment. Requires a chef's hat and 32 Cooking to enter. Completion of the Hard Varrock Diary or 99 Cooking is required to use the bank. Just south of the Grand Exchange. Can be teleported to directly with a skills necklace.
Hosidius clay oven 6 75.6 seconds (126 ticks) 1333 Decreases the chances of burning your food by 5%, and up to 10% with completion of the elite Kourend & Kebos Diary. Requires 100% Hosidius favour to use. South-east of the Mess Hall.
Wintertodt Bonfire 14 ~77 seconds ~1350 Because it counts as a campfire, there is a higher chance of burning than a range. It is, however, very easy to access and everlasting. Just 14 tiles south-west of the Wintertodt bank chest.
Catherby 17 82.8 seconds (138 ticks) 1217 Fish can be picked up from those training fishing nearby, resulting in slower experience but at no cost. Just east of bank. Close to Camelot teleport.
Lumbridge Castle 15 + ladder + 6 90 seconds (150 ticks) 1120 Reduces the level at which food is burned. Require's completion of Cook's Assistant Quest. This location is not recommended at higher levels when food is no longer burned, but may save time at earlier levels, as trips take longer but more food is successfully cooked. It's slightly faster to stand east of the ladder before going up so you don't run around the ladder. Only certain foods have this reduced burning chance; see Cooking range (Lumbridge Castle) for more details. Ground floor of the Lumbridge Castle. Close to the Lumbridge Teleport spell location.

Training[edit | edit source]

Levels 1–15 – Shrimp[edit | edit source]

Buy raw shrimp from the Grand Exchange. Cooking shrimp successfully grants you 30 Cooking experience.

  • Successfully cooked shrimp required: 81
  • Experience required: 2,411
  • Total raw: 5,427
  • Total cooked (if none burned): 1,053
  • Profit (if none burned): -4,374
  • Experience per hour: 35k
  • Time spent: 5 minutes

Levels 15–25 – Trout[edit | edit source]

Buy raw trout in the Grand Exchange. Also, note if you are short on cash you can pick up raw trout in Barbarian Village where people are powertraining. Cooking trout successfully grants you 70 Cooking experience.

  • Successfully cooked trout required: 78
  • Experience required: 5,431
  • Total raw: 6,630
  • Total cooked (if none burned): 2,262
  • Profit (if none burned): -4,368
  • Experience per hour: 85k
  • Time spent: 3:30 minutes

Levels 25–35 – Salmon[edit | edit source]

At this level switch to salmon, which can be obtained in the same manner as the previous step. Cooking salmon successfully grants you 90 Cooking experience. Cooking dropped salmons and trouts from the power fishers at Barbarian Village can provide you 60,000 experience per hour. Accounting for salmon burned, you should purchase approximately 250, as you'll have burned at about a 1:2 ratio by the time you reach level 35.

  • Successfully cooked salmon required: 182
  • Experience required: 14,564
  • Total raw: 17,472
  • Total cooked (if none burned): 18,928
  • Profit (if none burned): 1,456
  • Experience per hour: 110k
  • Time spent: 5 minutes

Levels 30/80–99 – Cooked karambwan[edit | edit source]

1-tick cooking karambwan.

Completion of the quest Tai Bwo Wannai Trio is required to successfully cook karambwan.

Cooking karambwan provides the fastest Cooking experience in the game, as they can be cooked without tick delay. This can be done by holding down 2 and rapidly using raw karambwan on a fire or range. However, this requires a lot of click accuracy and can be difficult to do consistently for longer periods of time.

The maximum possible experience rate for this method is around 950,000 experience per hour if the player doesn't burn any karambwan; however due to the click-intensive nature of this method players are more likely to see rates of 800,000–900,000 experience per hour.

Players stop burning karambwan at level 94 in the Hosidius kitchen, and as low as level 87 with the elite Kourend & Kebos Diary finished. At level 75 Cooking you will burn around 18%, however many players also report much lower burn rates - sometimes less than 1%. Players can expect to see a profit at a cooking level as low as 64, however this is subject to market fluctuation.

When cooking at the Hosidius kitchen, with level 93 cooking, players will receive around 285,000 experience per hour cooking Karambwans without tick manipulation.

  • Successfully cooked Karambwan required: from level 80 - 58,150
  • Experience acquired: 11,048,363
  • If 80-99:
  • Total raw: 23,318,150
  • Total cooked (if none burned): 29,947,250
  • Profit (if none burned): 6,629,100

Levels 35/68–99 – Jug of wine[edit | edit source]

Making jugs of wine is one of the fastest Cooking training methods in the game, but it can be costly and requires more attention from the player.

To begin making jugs of wine, buy a jug of water and grapes. Use these two items on each other to make unfermented wines. Wine ferments on a global 12 second timer that resets each time you make a new jug of unfermented wine, whether banked or in your inventory. This means a large stack of wine in your bank can ferment all at once. Successfully making each jug of wine grants 200 experience. Below level 68 Cooking, there is a chance for a Jug of bad wine to be produced for 0 experience. From level 68 onwards, making jugs of wine will grant the player around 470,000–490,000 experience per hour.

Grapes are added to jugs of water at a rate of once per 2 ticks, which is double the rate most items are cooked on a range or fire. This, combined with the high 200 experience per jug of wine, is why wine has such fast experience rates. However, with only 14 produced per inventory, making jugs of wine requires more attention than most other cooking items, as one inventory of ingredients can be combined every 16.8 seconds, compared to the 67.2 seconds it takes to cook an entire inventory.

Jugs of wine required: 62,147

  • Experience required: 12,429,399
  • 20 per jug of water
  • 55 per grapes
  • 4 value per Jug of wine
  • -71 cost per wine
  • -0.35 cost per XP
  • -4,412,437 cost from level 68-99
  • -173,950 cost per hour (at 490k rate)
  • Experience per hour: 470k to 490k
  • Time spent: 25 hours 30 minutes

Levels 35–50 – Tuna[edit | edit source]

It is advisable at this level to start buying your items in the Grand Exchange rather than obtaining them yourself. Cooking tuna successfully grants you 100 Cooking experience. Accounting for tuna burned, you should purchase approximately 1015, as you'll have burned at about a 1:3.5 ratio by the time you reach level 50.

  • Successfully cooked tuna required: 790
  • Experience required: 78,927
  • Total raw: 34,760
  • Total cooked (if none burned): 40,290
  • Profit (if none burned): 5,530
  • Experience per hour: 120k
  • Time spent: 40 minutes

Levels 50–68/75 – Lobster[edit | edit source]

Buy raw lobsters from the Grand Exchange. Note that it may also be possible, depending on Grand Exchange prices, to profit from cooking lobsters. Also, some players may wish to wait until 74 Cooking before cooking lobsters, as that is the level required to stop burning lobsters (64 when using cooking gauntlets); however, this is not recommended unless you're fishing your own ingredients. Successfully cooking lobster grants you 120 Cooking experience.

  • Successfully cooked lobsters required for level 75: 9,243
  • Experience required: 1,109,160
  • Total raw: 2,264,535
  • Total cooked (if none burned): 1,515,852
  • Profit (if none burned): -748,683
  • GP/XP profit: -0.67
  • Experience per hour: 140k - 160k (-170k with Cooking Gauntlets & 100% Hosidius Favour)
  • Time spent: 8 hours 15 minutes

Levels 70–99 – Bake Pie[edit | edit source]

Players who have completed the Lunar Diplomacy quest can train with The Bake Pie spell in the Lunar spellbook, which can offer even faster Cooking experience than jugs of wine while also granting Magic experience and boasting less frequent banking. This assumes the pies are bought raw and pre-assembled. Due to this and the required runes, this method also tends to be very costly, as seen in the Cost Analysis table.

Compared to cooking pies on a range, Bake Pie is cast at a rate of once per 3 ticks instead of the usual 4 ticks, yielding 25% faster cooking speeds. An inventory of 27 pies takes 81 ticks (48.6 sec) to cook. Additionally, the pies never burn. The experience rates resulting from this are estimated below:

  • Experience per hour (Admiral pie): 390k
  • Experience per hour (Wild pie): 445k
  • Experience per hour (Summer pie): 490k
  • Magic experience per hour: 100k

Levels 75–80 – Swordfish[edit | edit source]

  • Successfully cooked swordfish required: 5,541
  • Experience required: 775,647
  • Experience per swordfish: 140
  • Experience per inventory (28): 3,920
  • If 75-80:
    • Total raw: 1,872,858
    • Total cooked (if none burned): 1,883,940
    • Profit (if none burned): 11,082
  • Experience per hour: 170k - 190k
  • Time spent: 4 hours 35 minutes

Players may wish to wait until level 76 with cooking gauntlets and Hosidius stove, or 81 with just cooking gauntlets, or 86 with neither to cook swordfish as you stop burning at these levels. Successfully cooking swordfish grants you 140 Cooking experience.

Levels 80/90–99 – Shark[edit | edit source]

It is highly recommended to start right away at level 80 to cook sharks as you will only burn 11-12% at Rogues' Den. From level 80 onwards, using the Hosidius kitchen and cooking gauntlets, you will burn less than 8% of the sharks that you cook. It is possible to stop burning sharks as low as level 84, with completion of the elite Kourend & Kebos Diary. Players may wish to wait for level 94 (with cooking gauntlets) before starting to cook sharks, in order not to burn any. At level 91, players will only burn about 3-5%;

Successfully cooking shark grants you 210 experience.

  • Successfully cooked sharks required from level 80: 52,612
  • Successfully cooked sharks required from level 90: 36,610
  • Experience required: 7,688,099
  • If 80-99:
    • Total raw: 31,935,484
    • Total cooked (if none burned): 38,775,044
    • Profit (if none burned): 6,839,560
  • If 90-99:
    • Total raw: 22,222,270
    • Total cooked (if none burned): 26,981,570
    • Profit (if none burned): 4,759,300
  • Experience per hour: 260k at level 85+
  • Time spent: 30 hours 45 minutes

Levels 84–99 – Anglerfish[edit | edit source]

Starting from level 84, anglerfish can be cooked for about 9.5% more experience than sharks. If you start cooking anglerfish at level 84, around 8% to 9% will be burned using the Hosidius kitchen and cooking gauntlets. Anglerfish can usually be cooked breaking even or at a slight profit.

Successfully cooking anglerfish grants you 230 experience.

  • Successfully cooked anglerfish required: 43,840
  • Experience required: 10,083,058
  • Total raw: 70,056,320
  • Total cooked (if none burned): 73,256,640
  • Profit (if none burned): 3,200,320
  • Experience per hour: 310k
  • Time spent: 32 hours 30 minutes

Quests for Cooking experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Experience
Other requirements
Cook's Assistant 300 - -
Rag and Bone Man 500 - -
Big Chompy Bird Hunting 1,470 Cooking 30 Fletching 5 , Ranged 30
Gertrude's Cat 1,525 - -
Heroes' Quest 2,825 Cooking 53 Quest points 55 , Fishing 53 , Herblore 25 , Mining 50
Forgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf 5,000 Cooking 22 Farming 17
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio 5,000 Cooking 30 Agility 15 , Fishing 5
Recipe for Disaster 28,000 Cooking 70 Quest points 175 , Agility 48 , Mining 50 , Fishing 53 , Thieving 53 , Herblore 25 , Magic 59 , Smithing 40 , Firemaking 50 , Ranged 40 , Crafting 40 , Fletching 10 , Slayer 10 , Woodcutting 36
Total 44,620