Gw2 Chef Guide | 60 Minutes to 400

The absolute best Gw2 Chef Guides based on the actual crafting formulas by Arena Net. These Gw2 Chef Guides help you level Chef crafting skill to 400 with the least amount of materials.

This Gw2 Chef Guide is Weird

We suggest No farming, No tools required, and Occasionally crafting a recipe in bulk.

We know this is an odd concept, but give it a chance and we believe you will soon agree.

If you read the Gw2 Crafting Formulas article you will understand that discovering recipes yield the most crafting experience (cExp), where crafting in bulk is only 1/2 as good. This leaves everything else to be not very optimal.

The entire journey from 1 to 400 as a Chef should take about 60 minutes total.

Because of this, we focus the entire Gw2 Chef Leveling Guide on buying the components rather than gathering or buying raw mats.


But is this going to cost tons of gold and karma? Nope, not at all.

Example: From 1 – 25 it takes 37 pieces that you have to buy and it took us about 3.5 silver to do it. If we were to farm these items it would take a ton of time. If we were to buy all the copper or jute required, it would have set us back 7 silver alone. One Bone Chip or a Tiny Claw can go for as much as 50 copper. OUCH!


But does the cost still stay low for higher level components? Yes, they actually do remain cheaper than the raw materials it takes to build them. On occasion you may have to build something; it is possible but it is rare. When a component is not on the Trading Post (TP)  just go request some to be built at your suggested price and shazam they will do it.

Gw2 Chef Tips

Farming is a good thing in moderation so go get some tools. This is intended only for making cash it is not really required for any crafting profession. (read above)

Notes on tools:

  1. Tools have a usage limit indicated by the # located on its icon.
  2. Tools work for specific areas and if you go into a higher leveling area you may need better tools.
    • If you attempt to gather a high level item with a crappy, cheap tool it yields junk.
  3. There are no gathering professions so anyone can get raw materials.

1. Go to any major city or talk to any vendor to get some tools.

(the guy or lady that has the coins icon)

gw2 crafting kits

Here you can talk to the vendor to get some tools to gather ore and other goodies for materials.

2. Get a Sickle, Axe, Mining Pick and a cheap Salvage Kit.

  • Sickle is good for gathering plants.
  • Axe is for trees.
  • Mining Pick is for ore.
  • Salvage Kits are for extracting raw mats from things you craft and find when questing.
    • Salvage all blues and below.
    • Sell the greens and above on the TP.
    • Sell every mat gathered (well, not cooking mats).

Equip your gathering tools by placing them in the correct spot located here. Notice you can use all three and they are good for the number of usages located on the subscript underneath. This sickle has 45 more slices left.

3. Unlearning a profession.

Go to a new trainer and he will ask you which profession you want to replace.

  • Note that the game saves your level when switching back to any profession previously done.
  • Changing professions cost some cash.

4. Splitting a stack of materials.

To split a stack use ALT and drag the item to an empty slot in your bag.

5. Lets get you started.

Farside – Gary Larson

Go to your trainer if you have not done so and start up the Gw2 Chef Leveling Guide.


  1. is there any way to see what each item you cook actually does? like the stats or boons from the cooked item. I see the full recipe list but when you hover your mouse over each item it doesnt show what it does. it only shows what ingredients are needed to make it. is there a date base that shows each recipe and what they do??



    • Honestly the databases that we have seen does not show the result in nearly all cases. It is sad but we will do our best to try to improve these as we are building the leveling guide. Thank you so much I think that would be a huge benefit to know this. If anyone does know the result of these recipes we would kindly ask you to put some in the comments. That would help us a ton and together we can get this done fast.

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