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 a Sim's cooking skills, they may need to buy a bookcase and read a cooking book. In The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, 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 the 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.
In The Sims, cooking is a very important skill, as using a stove with less than three points carries a risk of fire, and using one with no Cooking skill at all is a high fire risk. Sims with low Cooking skill can use a microwave, which only has a small chance of starting a fire, but meals made in a microwave are not as satisfying as those cooked on a stove. Also, if a kitchen has both a stove and a microwave, the player cannot choose which one the Sim will use. The only way to be sure that a low-skilled Sim uses a microwave is to not give him or her anything else.
Higher cooking skill will reduce the amount of time a Sim without a food processor needs to prepare and cook a meal.
The Sims: Makin' MagicEdit
In The Sims: Makin' Magic, cooking is vastly improved, with Sims able to collect ingredients and bake bread, pie, or cake. However, the baking oven carries a slightly higher fire risk than a regular stove; Sims need at least five points to use it safely. 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 2Edit
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.
If the The Sims 2: FreeTime is installed, studying the cooking skill from a book or by watching the Yummy Channel will increase a Sim's enthusiasm for the Cuisine hobby.
Children gain the cooking skill faster than older Sims.
Food by cooking levelEdit
|Skill||Food||Serving Time||Expansion Pack||Notes|
|Base Game||Liquid meal-in-a-can. Requires no preparation or cooking|
|Base Game||Individual Meal only|
Requires no preparation.
Cannot be made with the Make... or Make many... actions.
|0||Cereal||Breakfast||Base Game||Cold food. Requires no cooking|
|0||Toaster Pastries||Breakfast||Base Game||Requires no preparation.|
Can be made in a regular oven. May be made in a regular oven even if a toaster oven is available.
|0||Lunch Meat Sandwich||Lunch||Base Game||Cold food. Requires no cooking|
|0||Mac and Cheese||Lunch|
|0||Cup O' Ramen||Lunch|
|University||Individual Meal only|
Requires a microwave
Requires no preparation.
|0||Grandma's Comfort Soup||Lunch|
|FreeTime||Family Aspiration Benefit|
|0||Bass with Squash||Lunch|
|Seasons||Requires a Largemouth Bass|
Can be grilled
|0||Hot Dogs||Grilled||Base Game||Requires a grill|
|0||Gelatin||Dessert||Base Game||Group Meal only|
|0||Ramen||Food Stand||Bon Voyage||Far East Food Stand|
|0||Steamed Rice Bowl||Food Stand||Bon Voyage||Far East Food Stand|
|0||Chirashi||Food Stand||Bon Voyage||Far East Food Stand|
|0||Char-Broiled Catfish||Food Stand||Bon Voyage||Mountain Food Stand|
|0||Flapjacks||Food Stand||Bon Voyage||Mountain Food Stand|
|0||Chicken Pot Pie||Food Stand||Bon Voyage||Mountain Food Stand|
|0||Teriyaki Mahi-Mahi||Food Stand||Bon Voyage||Tropical Food Stand|
|0||Pineapple Surprise||Food Stand||Bon Voyage||Tropical Food Stand|
|0||Luau Ribs||Food Stand||Bon Voyage||Tropical Food Stand|
|0||Gyro||Food Stand||Apartment Life||Diner Food Stand|
Wrongly named as "Flapjacks" in ownable Restaurant menu
|1||Santa Cookies||Dessert||Happy Holiday Stuff||Can only be made in Residential or Community lot zoning. Otherwise, must use make many... interaction|
|2||Grilled Cheese Sandwich||Lunch|
|Base Game||Sims with the Grilled Cheese aspiration can make this at any time even if they have fewer than two cooking points.|
|Seasons||Requires a Catfish|
Can be grilled
|Base Game||Cold food. Requires no cooking|
|Base Game||Can be grilled|
|4||Chili Con Carne||Lunch||Base Game|
|4||Stuffed Rainbow Trout||Lunch|
|Seasons||Requires a Rainbow Trout|
Can be grilled
|4||Crepes Suzette||Dessert||Nightlife||Group Meal only|
|5||Pork Chops||Dinner||Base Game|
|5||Berry Pie||Dessert||Open for Business||Group Meal only|
|6||Turkey||Dinner||Base Game||Group Meal only|
|6||Stuffed Golden Trout||Lunch|
|Seasons||Requires a Golden Trout|
Can be grilled
|6||Cake||Dessert||Base Game||Group Meal only|
|7||Holiday Roast||Dinner||Happy Holiday Stuff||Requires a cornucopia on the lot|
|7||Ribs||Grilled||Base Game||Requires a grill|
|7||Cheesecake||Dessert||Open for Business||Group Meal only|
Increases chance of twins if Sim is pregnant.
|8||Baked Alaska||Dessert||Base Game||Group Meal only|
|10||Lobster Thermidor||Dinner||Base Game|
|10||Fried Chicken||Restaurant Menu||Nightlife||Restaurant-exclusive food|
|10||Lime Seared Prawns||Restaurant Menu||Nightlife||Restaurant-exclusive food|
|10||Filet Mignon||Restaurant Menu||Nightlife||Restaurant-exclusive food|
|10||Nectarine Tartlette||Restaurant Menu||Nightlife||Restaurant-exclusive food|
Open for Business allows Sims to Make any meal, except for a TV Dinner, they have the skill to prepare at any time of day.
The Sims 3Edit
Cooking as a skill returns in The Sims 3. The skill is augmented by the Natural Cook trait. The level of cooking skill determines what quality dishes can be made, what kinds of foods can be made, and the likelihood of whether the cooker will start a fire (if using appliances that aren't fireproof). However, Sims are not able to make certain foods until they learn the recipes for them. Several opportunities exist for skilled cooks. Sims can purchase cooking books and from there learn how to cook certain foods.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Can be made in owned Restaurant[OFB]