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The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Cooking


20140302-133445.jpgThis post will tell you all you need to know about the cooking hobby.

I’m going to tell you a little bit about how to do the hobby and what you can unlock if you find all the utensils.
Who can cook?

Adults, teens and seniors

As many sims as you want can do this hobby at one time
How can I cook?

Using a stove, fridge, toaster, microwave and chopping board (once unlocked)
Where can I cook?

At home and the restauarant

What are the options and when do they unlock?

  • Cheese and Tomato on Toast- 1 minute (needs 1 star toaster)
  • Bacon and Eggs- 5 minutes
  • Level 2- Burgers- 20 minutes (needs 1 star toaster)
  • Level 2- Pizza- 40 minutes (needs 1 star microwave)
  • Level 3- Chili Con Carne- 1 hour (needs 2 star microwave)
  • Level 3- Spaghetti- 2 hours (needs a 1 star chopping board)
  • Level 4- Quiche- 3 hours (needs a 2 star fridge)
  • Level 4- Nachos- 5 hours (needs a 1 star chopping board)
  • Level 5- Spicy Tuna Rolls- 8 hours (needs a 3 star fridge)
  • Level 5- Chicken Salad- 2 hours (needs a 1 star fridge)
  • Level 6- Tacos- 12 hours (needs a 1 star chopping board)
  • Level 6- Roast Beef- 1 Day (needs a 3 star stove)
  • Complete restaurant to unlock- Lobster Thermidor- 5 hours- costs 3LPs

TIP: at the moment your skill level increases no differently if you make a long dish to a short dish so if you can I would just make the 1 minute option over and over.

What are the skill levels?

There are 6 levels, these are:

  1. Water Burner
  2. Hot Mess Maker
  3. Ready Meal Maestro
  4. Home Cooking Hero
  5. Flavor Savior
  6. Hail to the Chef


What utensils are there to collect?

The pictures below will show you all the utensils you can collect:



Level 1 utensils are:

  • Bronzed Spatula
  • Silver Spatula
  • Gold Spatula

Level 2 are:

  • Bronzed Grater
  • Silver Grater
  • Gold Grater

Level 3 are:

  • Bronzed Chefs Knife
  • Silver Chefs Knife
  • Gold Chefs Knife

Level 4 are:

  • Bronzed Whisk
  • Silver Whisk
  • Gold Whisk

Level 5 are:

  • Bronzed Rolling Pin
  • Silver Rolling Pin
  • Gold Rolling Pin

Level 6 are:

  • Bronzed Measuring Spoons
  • Silver Measuring Spoons
  • Gold Measuring Spoons

What do I win?

The first time you unlock chopping boards which can be found in the kitchen section as shown in the picture below:



Further times you get 5LPs!
I can’t find one of the utensils, any tips?

The only advice I can really give you is to keep going, that is the only way you can find them- there is no trick to it, its completely random.

Is it worth using the lucky spin?

I would say no, it doesn’t give you one that you need it just gives you one at random so really it is probably just a waste of LPs

How do I start the collection again?

Once you have finished the collection you can click at the bottom of the medals list to start over.

This is my favourite hobby as its really quick to get LPs and money by doing it, you just need several sims in a room with a stove and toaster for each person and then do the 1 minute option over and over and within about an hour or so (depending on how many sims you have) you should be able to find all the utensils as long as you have unlocked all 6 levels! But there will be so many dishes laying around you should have a few sims there to clean them up. How Do I Have So Many LPs explains this in more detail.

Patrick says: “have all ten Sims in the room cooking and cleaning. That second it takes to present the dish can be used by the previous Sim to clean. I know it seems small, but over the course of that hour, ten Sims as opposed to six will yield a lot of money. ” And if you send your level six chefs to do another hobby then, restart them on the cooking hobby to get more money and an LP (as they will start at level one again they will get the rewards for levelling up)

Confused about hobbies? Read my Hobbies Frequently Asked Questions post

I hope this has helped!
Thanks for reading!


Author: weightlessmagic

I'm a 21 year old from England who is passionate about being creative, I would like to say I'm good with words but I'm really not! Hopefully you will find my blogs helpful and entertaining! Enjoy! x

173 thoughts on “The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Cooking

  1. Hi. I have followed your advice re using the cooking hobby to earn LP’s and it is great. I have noticed that since the last update (camping grounds) that you now earn 7 XP’s for cleaning the plates. I now have a few sinks in use to add a few more XP’s to my game.
    Great blog really helpful. Thanks!

  2. Please help me! What level do I start the cooking hobby I’m on level 15 and I still don’t have the cooking hobby!

  3. In the latest update, you have to wait slightly longer to cancel cleaning up the dishes. :/ If you cancel before the dishes disappear, they will stay on the ground/table. If you have more than one Sim pick the dishes up around the same time, some of the Sims will still get the footprints above their heads and cancel the action after they pick them up. That’s still the same as in the previous update.

  4. OMG I am so mad! LOL. I’ve been spending forever trying to get my sim to the highest cooking level and cooking long options like quiche and pizza thinking I was doing something, only to read your blog and realize that the one minute option yielded the same % increase! LOL. I was on level 5 and quickly got my sim up to level 6 in a few minutes after wasting hours making quiche and annoyed that it only went up 3% SMH. Love your blog and glad I came upon the cooking page or I would have never realized my mistake. Gonna make some LPs on my down time🙂

  5. Firstly, thank you for this guide it helped me a lot 💖 but when I leveled up my Sim to level 6 in the cooking skill and it said I got the 1lp reward, I didn’t get it at all, it happened twice so I didn’t get the 2 LP from leveling up the 2 sims , do you have any idea why?

  6. I LOVE your blog!! Just wanted to comment that I get at least 7 XP for cleaning up the dishes and sometimes bonus XP and stuff to build the monuments!! So it’s kind of worth the 3 seconds! Just a thought🙂 If I hadn’t found this post about the cooking hobby I would never be done it!! Thank you so much and please please keep blogging!!

  7. Please I want to cook Quiche but I don’t know how to cook and what the ( cooking l.4)

  8. Just a big thank you for this blog. Some brilliant tips!!🙂

  9. This is so helpful. A quick question though. Is it not possible for a sim to have more than one hobby?
    I tried having my level 6 cooking sim do the salsa hobby but it says the sim will forget the cooking lessons. How do I go about this?

  10. Help! Every time I go to cook something my game freezes and shuts me out. Because of this I can’t complete my quests and advance in the game. Contacted EA a while and a half ago and still haven’t gotten a response back.

  11. If I a use a three star stove, does it help in some way in completing the hobby faster?

  12. Where I can get a chopping board? I can’t find it…

  13. I can’t get the bread winner quest to start. I click on the TV and there is no option for the cooking show? Is there another way or are my sims stuck eating leftovers forever? Lol

  14. What if u dont pickup your plates at all?

  15. Hi, I was trying to finish up my bread winner quest and I accidently cleaned up the plates before my sims got to eat them, now I can’t call them to the meal of the burgers because I can no longer make it. What do I do?

  16. Hi just wanted to say awesome I did not have any life points at first so I hope I get some but on my game it says I have to eat the plates before I throw them away I now have at least one hundred plates sitting everywhere do you know how to get rid of them easy and fast ps thank you so much

  17. Thanks x 1,007,532,577 for blogging about Freeplay!


    1) the DISHES!!!! I’ve been trying to rush and complete fruit collecting to get the bungalow with 15 hours left, so cooking for SP is helping, but it takes 15 minutes to finish a collection & 1 hour to clean the dishes. I have a room with 10 stoves, 1 toaster in the corner so that I only need one, and 10 sinks. Even though there’s a lot of sinks, the footprints always come up, because they all want to use the same sink. Is there a work around?

    2. 10 of my Sims are level 6 chefs. Would switching hobbies and switching back to cooking help at all?

    Thanks a bunch!

    • You’re welcome!
      1.I always clean up each plate as a sim finishes cooking, I just find it easier than waiting until there is a huge pile to clean
      For some reason which is very annoying the sims all want to use the same sink, there isn’t really much you can do, maybe just have one sim clean up and the rest of them still cooking?
      2.Yes I definitely recommend switching to a different hobby then back again as they will get the rewards for levelling up again (they will earn 1LP when they reach level 6 again)

  18. I received the bronzed amd gold spatula and the bronzed and gold cheese grater…. will I earn the silver spatula and silver grater later or did I miss them somehow??

  19. Idk where to find the spatula

  20. Can dishes that require one star appliances be cooked in a house that only has the higher star equivalents?

  21. Hi there🙂 your blog is useful and i always view your blog before i begin a new quest!!
    Anyways… I’ve been stuck so long on getting my last level 6 item ( i guess it’s the silver measuring spoon) I’ve tried to let my “chef sim” to cook all the dishes and all of my equips are 3 stars…
    are there any tips or only keep trying?? XDD

  22. Hi,

    I’m in level 9 and have bread winner quest but i’m not able to buy toaster or microwave,Both are unlocked but not able to buy it😦.I’m trying it in same house where i have my stove,even tried getting high star stoves still no luck

  23. I went ahead and kept track just to see, and (not accounting for the initial costs of cooking) it adds up to 4,790 simoleans. It seems like it might be the fastest way to make money, depending on how many tries it takes to get all the utensils.

  24. Hey guys I was reading through about the plates!! CLEAN THEM! I had so much plate “data” in my cooking house (and the mountain of plates was way to high to clean that at first my cooking became suuuuuuuper slow (I thought it was because I was using an old iPad) then it started to crash and rob me of LPs! I went to a new lot and built a new house and it’s as good as new!
    Moral of the story: CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN! You get tons of resources from it also

    Oh and thanks for this blog! I LOVE IT!

  25. Please help:
    In doing the cooking hobby my sims level up to the point where it says 10000 now available. Next 1LP.
    But then when I look at my money it hasn’t gone up by 10000!!!! When they level up and it says 750 jow available it increases my simcash by 750. But not for the 10000. Whyyyyyyyyyyy? I’m so frustrated by this. It happens over and over.

  26. Hi the girl who games! I find your blog very helpful and use it a lot! I have used your cooking hobby strategy to get lps, and it is very effective. However, I am having trouble finding ways to spend these lps 😅 any recommendations on what to buy with them? Thanks!

  27. I’ve been working so hard to get the bronze spoons in the last level of the cooking hobby. But I can’t seem to get them. Do you have any suggestions?

  28. If i cook in a neighbors town and dont clean up the dishes, will they still be there when i leave and re enter their town?

  29. Which book case do I get when I am looking for grandmas recipes?

  30. Quick question on the cooking hobby. Can I cook 1min meals and still unlock the higher level tools ( grater,spoon etc..) or will I have to cook longer meals to obtain these

  31. Thanks so much for the tip! I have a lot in my town with 10 garden plots, 10 showers, 10 toilets, and 10 coffee makers… now 10 stoves (a toaster, and a fridge)… I call it my slave farm because ten sims are there from the time they come from work to the time they go back in!
    But my question is how do you get the spoons? Do you need to be at cooking level 6? My sims have found everything else except any spoons. Ever. And I’m level 32. I don’t even have the cutting boards yet. 🙁

    • To get spoons you need a sim to be at level 6, keep cooking cheese on toast until a sim reaches level 6 then they will start finding the spoons, you will also be able to unlock the chopping boards once you complete the hobby for the first time. After that you can start earning LPs!

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