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Cooking is a craft that primarily deals with the making of a variety of delicious dishes, yummy sweets, and refreshing drinks that help boost a player's statistics. The primary Cooking Guild is located in Windurst Waters and can be joined by talking to the Guildmaster Piketo-Puketo (D-9). There is a smaller guild located in Al Zahbi.

You will need to speak to Piketo-Puketo to advance in rank. He will request a test item. Trade it to him and he will grant you a new rank. You can take the test as soon as you acquire 8 skill points in your current ranking. (i.e. 8, 18, 28, 38, etc.)

Cooking Synth List

Test Levels Test Item Rank Attained
8 - 10 Salmon Sub Sandwich Recruit
18 - 20 Pea Soup Initiate
28 - 30 Vegetable Gruel Novice
38 - 40 Meat Mithkabob Apprentice
48 - 50 Apple Pie Journeyman
58 - 60 Yagudo Drink Craftsman
68 - 70 Raisin Bread Artisan
78 - 80 Whitefish Stew Adept
88 - 90 Seafood Stew Veteran

Cooking materials are listed on the Auction House under the category Food > Ingredients.
In addition to regional vendors and shop merchants in the three cities, there are several NPCs in the Guild that will sell you certain ingredients and produce for a reasonable price.
There are two guild produce vendors in Vana'diel and they are open from 5:00 to 20:00. Darksday is the shop's weekly holiday.
Windurst Waters

Chomo Jinjahl (E-9)
Kopopo (E-9)

The guild is there to support you and several NPCs will provide you with recipes pertaining to your rank in the guild and synthesis support that temporarily boosts your skill level. Some of them provide this for free while others will charge a small fee for a slightly larger increase. The fee increases as you advance in rank. Free Synthesis Support

Hakeem, Windurst Waters (D-9) Jacodaut, Windurst Waters (D-9) Numaaf, Al Zahbi (J-8)

Advanced Synthesis Support

Kipo-Opo, Windurst Waters (E-9)
Numaaf, Al Zahbi (J-8)

Each guild has a Guildworker's Union Representative that will accept a certain item each day in exchange for "Guild Points".
You may use these points to purchase special items and key item abilities. Speak to the Union Representative to sign a contract.
You may only have a contract with one guild and signing a different contract will cause you to forfeit any guild points acquired from another guild. Additional points may be granted for high quality versions of the item.
There is a limit to how many points you can acquire from a particular item.

The Guildworker's Union Representative for the Cooking Guild is: Qhum Knaidjn, Windurst Waters (E-9)
Signature Crystals(purchased at any rank)

Aurora Crystal (light) 500 pts
Cyclone Crystal (wind) 200 pts
Glacier Crystal (ice) 200 pts
Inferno Crystal (fire) 200 pts
Plasma Crystal (lightning) 200 pts
Terra Crystal (earth) 200 pts
Torrent Crystal (water) 200 pts
Twilight Crystal (dark) 500 pts

Tools, Equipment, & Key Item Abilities(specific ranks required to purchase)

Patissier 8,000 pts (Novice)
Culinarian's Belt 10,000 pts (Novice)
Noodle Kneading 30,000 pts (Novice)
Raw Fish Handling 30,000 pts (Novice)
Stewpot Mastery 30,000 pts (Novice)
Chef's Hat 70,000 pts (Journeyman)
Culinarian's Apron 100,000 pts (Artisan)
Cordon Bleu Set 150,000 pts (Veteran)