The Sims 4 Culinary Career Guide

 

Culinary Career

The Sims 4 Culinary Career is one of ten careers available in the game. At some point in this career your Sim will be required to choose between food or drinks as a primary focus. Inspired is favored mood and it is required at every level in both branches. You will want to send your Sim to work inspired and both primary skills (Cooking and Mixology) are boosted by the inspired mood.
 
Until you reach level 6, you Sim will have to work on building cooking and mixology skills regardless of which path you intend to take. Fortunately, the daily task is flexible and will count for either. The optimal strategy is to balance out your daily task fulfillment between cooking meals and mixing drinks until both skills are at the required level 4. Once you reach that point, you can focus on the skill related to the branch you intend to choose.
 
The first career reward item you receive that helps with inspiration is the Umber Kitchen Sink at level 4. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have enough power to make a room inspired. If you lack other inspiration aura items, you can equip your kitchen with two Umber Sinks. That will let you get your bar/kitchen filled with an inspiring moodlet as soon as possible, rather than having to wait for another inspiring item to be unlocked at a later stage.
 

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With this career, working on your daily task requires you to spend money since each item you cook has a price. If you are worried about your budget while practicing cooking, it is good to know that the cheaper single meals take just as much time and skill to cook as more expensive group meals. Cooking each meal as a single serving will have your Sim spending a lot of time cooking and building their skill as well as fulfilling their daily requirement. Throwing a party on your lot and having your Sim tend bar is also a good way to practice drink making.
 
The split in this career track happens at level 6 and you are asked to choose between Chef and Mixologist. Usually each branch in a career path has a relatively equal balance of benefits and weak points. However this is the exception. The Chef Branch is categorically better than Mixologist. The top level gets paid more per week while working fewer hours, the skills needed to complete the branch are both boosted by inspiration, and practicing gourmet cooking can also fulfill the daily requirement. The Chef branch gets more reward items with better effects and utility.
 

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If you still prefer to explore the Mixologist Branch, your best bet is to pick up a confident moodlet and tend bars on public lots. The quickest and easiest way to become confident is brushing your teeth at a sink. Since every community lot includes a sink, you can easily ensure your Sim maintains a confident moodlet while practicing Mixology. Using community lots to build Mixology skill also gives you the opportunity to perform plenty of interactions with other Sim and build Charisma skill. It is to your advantage to start working on Charisma as soon as possible with this career as high Charisma levels are required for promotion later on.
 
 

Suggested Aspirations

Chef Branch: Master Chef, Party Animal, Freelance Botanist, Angling Ace
 
 
Mixologist Branch: Master Mixologist, Serial Romantic, Party Animal

 
 

Suggested Traits

Chef Branch: Creative, Cheerful, Neat, Foodie, Perfectionist
 
 
Mixologist Branch: Bro, Good, Outgoing, Creative, Cheerful, Neat, Foodie, Snob

 
 
 

Culinary Career

Level
Title
§/Per Hour
Schedule
Daily Earnings
Ideal Mood
Daily Tasks & Promotion Requirements
Rewards
1
Assistant Dishwasher
§15
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun

(4pm-1am)
§135
Inspired
Prepare Food/Mix DrinksNone
2
Head Dishwasher
§16
Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

( 4pm-1am)
§144
Inspired
Prepare Food/Mix Drinks
Level 2 Cooking
§334 Bonus, Corporate Chic Countertop
3
Caterer
§26
Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

(3pm-11pm)
§208
Inspired
Prepare Food/Mix Drinks
Level 2 Cooking
Level 2 Mixology
§368 Bonus, Stainless Steel Auto-Pot
4
Mixologist
§35
Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun

(6pm-2am)
§315
Inspired
Prepare Food/Mix Drinks
Level 3 Cooking
Level 3 Mixology
§515 Bonus, Umber Kitchen Sink
5
Line Cook
§43
Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun

(2pm-10pm)
§344
Inspired
Prepare Food/Mix Drinks
Level 4 Cooking
Level 4 Mixology
§556 Bonus, Corporate Chic Counter Island, Line Cook CAS Parts

 
 
 

Chef Branch

Level
Title
§/Per Hour
Schedule
Daily Earnings
Ideal Mood
Daily Tasks & Promotion Requirements
Rewards
6
Head Caterer
§52
Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun

(3pm-12am)
§468
Inspired
Prepare Food
Level 6 Cooking
Level 2 Gourmet Cooking
§691 Bonus, Positronic Pro Magnetic Knife Rack
7
Pastry Chef
§104
Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

(12pm-5pm)
§520
Inspired
Prepare Food
Level 7 Cooking
Level 4 Gourmet Cooking
§933 Bonus, Heavy Dutiest Pot Rack, Professional Ceiling-Mounted Pot Rack, Ceiling Pot Rack Oval
8
Sous Chef
§131
Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

(8pm-2am)
§786
Inspired
Prepare Food
Level 8 Cooking
Level 6 Gourmet Cooking
§1,306 Bonus, Icebox of Steel by Krampft Industries, Write Cookbook on Computer
9
Executive Chef
§253
Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun

(5pm-11pm)
§1,518
Inspired
Prepare Food
Level 10 Cooking
Level 8 Gourmet Cooking
§1,959 Bonus
10
Celebrity Chef
§410
Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun

(12pm-6pm)
§2,460
Inspired
N/A§3,037 Bonus, Stove Hood, Range Hood, The Obelisk, Pancake Griddle, Iron Chef CAS Parts

 
 
 

Mixologist Branch

Level
Title
§/Per Hour
Schedule
Daily Earnings
Ideal Mood
Daily Tasks & Promotion Requirements
Rewards
6
Head Mixologist
§45
Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

(6pm-1am)
§315
Inspired
Mix Drinks
Level 5 Mixology
Level 2 Charisma
§691 Bonus, Captain Rodrigo de Pablo Cask
7
Juice Boss
§64
Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

(7pm-2am)
§448
Inspired
Mix Drinks
Level 7 Mixology
Level 4 Charisma
§1,907 Bonus
8
Chief Drink Operator
§111
Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

(4pm-12am)
§888
Inspired
Mix Drinks
Level 8 Mixology
Level 6 Charisma
§2,559 Bonus, Vinoteca Bottle Rack, Write Bar Guide on Computer
9
Drinkmaster
§166
Thurs, Sat, Sun

(2pm-12am)
§1,660
Inspired
Mix Drinks
Level 10 Mixology
Level 8 Charisma
§3,916 Bonus, Lemonade on a Sunny Day Torchiere
10
Celebrity Mixologist
§197
Thurs, Sat, Sun

(12pm-10pm)
§1,970
Inspired
N/A§4,984 Bonus, Bar Setters Bar, Bartender Outfit CAS Parts