The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Cooking


Once you complete the Bread Winner Quest your teen, adult and senior sims will be able to complete the cooking hobby by using kitchen equipment such as the stove, toaster and fridge that you can buy from the kitchen section of the home store or you can use the restaurant kitchen once you have completed the Sous Judgemental Quest and built the restaurant (you will need different equipment depending on the dish you are making in the hobby)

To begin select cooking on an oven to open up the list of dishes:

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

When each of your sims first start the cooking hobby they won’t be able to make all of the dishes above even if you have the the right equipment in that house as they will need to level up in the hobby too (it will say on the greyed out box for that dish what you need to do before you can make that dish)

TIP: I only make cheese and tomato on toast as the level up percentage increases the same for all dishes so its more beneficial to make the cheese on toast as it only takes 1 minute!

After the time has passed come back and click the food plate bubble above your sims head, they will put the plate down and you will find one of the cooking utensil collectibles. Every time your sims cook their cooking hobby skill level up percentage will increase, once you reach 100% you will level up, there are 6 levels. You need to reach level 6 to be able to unlock all of the cooking utensil collectibles, once unlocked you will be able to find them.

The table below shows the level up percentage:

This may change in future updates

 LEVEL Cheese and Toast- 1 minute
1-2 50%
2-3 25%
3-4 12%
4-5 7%
5-6 3%

The next table shows you for each level what new dishes you can make, the cooking utensil collectibles you unlock (so you can then find those ones too) and also the level up reward that a second and future sims will receive when they level up in this hobby:

1 Water Burner
  • Bacon and Eggs
  • Cheese on Toast
Bronzed Spatula, Silver Spatula and Gold Spatula are unlocked in the hobby collection
2 Hot Mess Maker
  • Burgers
  • Pizza
Bronzed Grater, Silver Grater and Gold Grater are now unlocked in the hobby collection 250XP
3 Ready Meal Maestro
  • Chili Con Carne
  • Spaghetti
Bronzed Chef’s Knife, Silver Chef’s Knife and Gold Chef’s Knife are now unlocked in the hobby collection 500XP
4 Home Cooking Hero
  • Quiche
  • Nachos
Bronzed Whisk, Silver Whisk and Gold Whisk are now unlocked in the hobby collection S750
5 Flavour Savior
  • Spicy Tuna Rolls
  • Chicken Salad
Bronzed Rolling Pin, Silver Rolling Pin and Gold Rolling Pin are now unlocked in the hobby collection 10,000 Town Value
6 Hail to the Chef
  • Tacos
  • Roast Beef
Bronzed Measuring Spoons, Silver Measuring Spoons and Gold Measuring Spoons are now unlocked in the hobby collection.

You can now complete the collection!


NOTE: only the first sim completing this hobby needs to get to level 6 to unlock all the collectibles, future sims will be able to find any collectible even if they are only on level 1 in this hobby but all sims need to level up to be able to cook all of the dishes

You won’t find a new collectible each time, you will get repeats, if this happens just keep going, you will find them eventually! If it is still taking too long you can use the lucky spin on the row where you cannot find the item, this will cost LPs, when you click on the LP button it will clear the row and give you a random collectible on that row so you aren’t guaranteed a new item (you will get back any other collectibles you already had in that row) Need to earn some LPs to use the lucky spin?


The completed cooking collection is shown below, once you complete the collection you need to click ‘start a new collection’ at the top of the hobby collection screen, this clears the board so you can complete the collection again to earn more rewards (you will only get the option to restart the hobby collection when you have completed the collection):

You will earn XPs when you complete a row in the hobby but to complete the collection you need to find all 18 of the collectibles

The rewards for completing this collection are chopping boards and 5LP:

  • The first time you complete the collection you unlock chopping boards which can be found in the kitchen section:

  • From the second time onwards each time you complete the collection you will earn 5LP

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

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