Are you tired of grilled cheese and garden salad for every meal? Is your sim taking too long to learn new recipes? Craving pufferfish nigiri but not interested in a side dish of death? Well, look no further! We have the ultimate guide for you on how to master all of the different cooking skill cheats in the Sims 4!
What to know about your Sim’s cooking skill
Cooking isn’t a skill that necessarily needs cheats in The Sims 4, as it grows passively every time your sim prepares a meal. However, it’s really easy to fall behind on this skill due to a number of factors, including but not limited to:
- Other sims in the household doing most of the cooking
- Your sim is away at work during most mealtimes
- There is a specific thing you want your sim to cook (such as a wedding cake) that will take too long to skill up for organically
- Your sim has high cooking skill in one area already but needs to catch up in the others
- You’re creating a sim with a backstory which includes having their skills already established
No matter the reason, these cheats are a simple way to get your sim ahead of the curve and headed to master chef status!
Enabling Cooking Skill Cheats In Your Game
If you’re going to use Cooking Skill cheats in the Sims 4, first you have to enable them. It’s pretty easy to do, but the method varies depending on the system you’re playing on:
- For PC players: hold CTRL + SHIFT + C at the same time
- For Macplayers: hold CMD + SHIFT + C at the same time
- For Console players: simultaneously hold down all 4 front buttons on your controller (L1, L2, R1, R2)
If done correctly, a small cheat command box will open in the upper left corner of the screen. Using your computer or on-screen keyboard, type testingcheats on and hit ENTER. You should receive a notification/warning that cheats are now enabled in the game.
Maxing Every Cooking Skill Cheat
As there are actually multiple cooking skills in the Sims 4 there are different cheats, with one for each branch: Baking, Cooking, and Gourmet Cooking. They all work with different recipes and produce different meals, so you’ll want to max out all of them in order to fully take advantage of the food options in the game:
stats.set_skill_level Major_HomestyleCooking 10 will max out the types of recipes you can make when cooking a regular meal at home. This is the basic “cooking” skill that all sims unlock the first time they make something to eat.
stats.set_skill_level Major_GourmetCooking 10 maxes out the Gourmet cooking skill—which for some reason needs to be a separate thing from Homestyle cooking—giving your sims access to fancier dishes including the special resurrecting dish Ambrosia.
stats.set_skill_level Major_Baking 10 tops out the Baking Skill. It makes sense that baking would be a separate skill as it works that way in the real world (this author bakes pretty well but is terrible at cooking). Because this skill focuses more on sweets than meals it’s easy to forget about maxing it, and doing so will give you a leg up on many other players. Plus, your sims will be able to prepare the Cowplant Essence Meringue Pie which is quite the dangerous delicacy!
Tip: If you want to level up your sim’s cooking skill without fully maxing it, replace the 10 in the cheats above with whatever skill level (1-10) you want them to be at!
Extra Cooking Options
In addition to the recipes unlocked for day-to-day food preparation, there are bonus recipes available if you have certain objects:
Cupcake Machine If you have Get to Work, the cupcake machine will give you access to a number of baked good such as muffins, doughnuts, cakes, tarts, and other sweet and savory goodies.
Grills Depending on the DLC you have there are a number of unlockable recipes to be made on outdoor grills. You can find staples such as hot dogs and burgers, fancier fare like grilled chicken and steak, a whole variety of Hispanic foods such as Elote (one of my favorites IRL) and Pinchos, plus a few others that come with different packs.
It’s a bit tricky to keep track of all the Cooking Skill cheats, since you only need to activate them once per Sim. But, they’re still a useful and valuable piece of knowledge for any player out there. With this guide it’s super easy to max out these skills and make meals much more enjoyable for your sims. Bon appetite!