Cooking Sims 4: how to easily level this skill

You want to improve the cooking skill, but you don’t know how to optimize your time to gain experience quickly on The Sims 4? Below, you can find a compilation of all our best tips for becoming a real cordon bleu for your home!

Usefulness of the Cooking skill


If you have a Great Chef aspiration in the Food category, you will need to increase your Cooking skill. Completing an Aspiration will grant you unique rewards tied to that skill.


The Cooking skill will be essential for your sim to thrive professionally in the Culinary career. In addition, your sim will be able to avoid dying by the flames, because gross incompetence in the kitchen can lead to fires. Then finally, your home can rejoice to have a cordon bleu in the house, because their mood can be positive after a good meal.

Your Sim’s Character

Sims with the Glutton / Gluttonne and Gourmand / Gourmande traits will be able to thrive cooking, eating and even discussing their favorite recipes. If your sim likes to cook, you will have hit the jackpot, as your sim will always have a positive mood while cooking and even after cooking.

The “Creative/Creative” trait will help your sim learn cooking better, as this trait is known to give a little boost when it comes to increasing a skill.

In the hearth

In your household, having a sim who is good at cooking will allow your sims to enjoy “healthy” food; they will therefore be happy to eat homemade dishes prepared with care. In addition, you will unlock new recipes as you gain experience, which can be interesting if you want to change your household menu from time to time!

Then finally, when you are at cooking level 5, you will also unlock the skill Gastronomic cookingif you wish to go to this branch.

How to quickly level up the Cooking skill?

There are many ways to level up the Cooking skill. Below, you can find all the methods to assemble the kitchen and a little trick that will save time. Naturally cooking your sim will improve the skill, but here we are focusing on tricks that are outside of your stove.

Traits to associate

If you want to learn the skill much faster, it will have to be under the Inspired emotion and the inspiration arises thanks to the “Creative” trait. You can make your Sim inspired by taking a meditative shower, watching cooking shows, researching recipes, or reading books.

Also note that the “Gourmand” trait has a positive impact on your sim, because he will also be under the Inspired emotion when discussing cooking or watching cooking shows.

Read cookbooks

You can buy books to improve your skill! By interacting with a library, you will be able to purchase books. Luckily, the Cookbook trilogy is available for purchase:

  • Kitchen Vol.1: To the kitchen! (75 Simoleons)
  • Cuisine Vol.2: We can’t stop cooking! (150 Simoleons)
  • Cooking Vol.3: I’m here to cook! (250 Simoleons)

Discuss cooking with other sims

Starting at Cooking skill level 3, you will be able to chat with other cooking sims. Having the opinion of others allows your sim to awaken his cooking knowledge, therefore to make him learn cooking. This technique is ideal, as it will help you to bond with other sims, but also to fill the “Social” gauge of your sims while learning.

At Cooking skill level 9, you can then give cooking tips, which will improve your sim’s cooking skill at the same time.

Watch cooking channels

If you’re not following the Culinary Career, you can learn cooking while lounging on your couch while learning with the help of the cooking channels. However, if your sim is pursuing a cooking career, you will be able to watch cooking class videos, which will help your sim grow their skill.

Climb the kitchen by cheating

If you don’t want to waste time, you can just as well quickly increase your skill by cheating. You will need to open the cheat console with the following keys: CTRL+Shift+C on pc, L1+L2+R1+R2 on Playstation and LT+LB+RT+RB on Xbox.

Once the console is open, all you have to do is activate the cheat option by entering the following code: testinchats true. If this code doesn’t work, try using this one: testingcheats on. The message “Cheats are enabled” will be displayed to confirm the activation of the cheat.

Then, all you have to do is enter the following line of code with the level of your choice between 1 and 10:

  • stats.set_skill_level Major_HomestyleCooking 1
  • stats.set_skill_level Major_HomestyleCooking 2
  • stats.set_skill_level Major_HomestyleCooking 3
  • stats.set_skill_level Major_HomestyleCooking 4
  • stats.set_skill_level Major_HomestyleCooking 5
  • stats.set_skill_level Major_HomestyleCooking 6
  • stats.set_skill_level Major_HomestyleCooking 7
  • stats.set_skill_level Major_HomestyleCooking 8
  • stats.set_skill_level Major_HomestyleCooking 9
  • stats.set_skill_level Major_HomestyleCooking 10

As a reminder, the maximum level for a skill is 10. So if you choose to master the skill, you will have to take the last line of code.

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