The Sims 4 Master Chef Aspiration
Milestones and The Fresh Chef Reward Trait
by Tom "Metro" Schlueter
Having one amazing cook in a household is a huge boon and the Master Chef Aspiration is the perfect goal for that Sim.
Overview and Set Up
You can get by without learning many of the Sims 4 skills, but cooking is one of those that someone in your household is going to need to learn. And the Master Chef Aspiration is a natural fit and incredibly easy to complete. In fact, if it were not for the career requirement of the 3rd and 4th Milestones you could knock this out by the 3rd day of starting a file. Compared to other skills buffed by the Inspired state like the instruments, writing, and painting, Cooking is much faster.
The traits I gave my chef were: Creative (this is the biggie because you want to be Inspired when cooking and also when you leave for work in the Culinary career), Music Lover, and Perfectionist. The Bonus Trait for the Food Category Aspirations is Essence of Flavor. Between the Perfectionist trait and Essence of Flavor everything these Sims crank out will be of excellent quality. Spend the extra money on the Crisponex Splendid fridge because it gives +5 to cooking where the cheap fridges give only the base amount. You will skill up much faster with the better fridge.
Milestone I: Aluminum Chef
- Cook 5 Excellent Meals (50)
- Cook 2 Meals while Inspired (75)
Not much to say about the first milestone. You'll be done with it on day 1. Assuming your Sim is a Perfectionist, is in an Inspired mood and their moods are in good shape, I cannot imagine anything not being of excellent quality.
Milestone II: Captain Cook
- Achieve Level 5 Cooking Skill (300)
- Cook a Gourmet Meal (250)
- Earn Silver at a Dinner Party Event (250)
If you have not thrown a party, it's pretty straight forward: just get on the phone to Host a Social Event and then set your party up. Completing the various goals of a party is a matter of looking up at the top left of your screen regularly and seeing what you need to do. Every time you complete a goal, progress is made towards a medal, so do the easiest stuff first so you're guaranteed progress. You'll have little goals like Thank a guest for coming, make drinks, Have Sims listen to music at the same time, etc. as well as a main goal such as Call Guests to Meal. It's not complicated stuff here, and earning a silver medal is not tough at all. You just need to keep busy and keep looking at the goals. You have six hours which may not seem like a lot of time, but you can do it.
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Milestone III: Culinary Artist
- Become an Adult (0)
- Reach Level 4 in the Culinary Career (500)
- Create 3 Types of Excellent Food (500)
It was only Monday afternoon (day 2) and I was into the 3rd Milestone. I had my Sim join the Culinary career and then focused on completing Whims until her first work day. Due to the December, 2014 patch it's more challenging now to get promoted in a career - the progress bar moves much slower than when Sims 4 first shipped. That makes addressing everything you need to do to get those promotions even more important - take a look at work requirements, make sure you are in an Inspired mood when leaving the house and do the daily tasks ahead of time (prepare meals) and those promotions will still come. Even if your Sim does not leave the house in an Inspired State don't forget you can always change the work mode to "Work Hard" and that will raise the performance bar more than Work Normally.
If you want to make a beeline for the end of the Aspiration, then you can immediately quit the career after hitting level 4.
Milestone IV: Master Chef
- Achieve Level 5 of Gourmet Cooking Skill (750)
- Reach Level 8 of the Culinary Career (1000)
- Cook 3 Gourmet Dishes at a Single Event (1000)
Chances are you have been dabbling in some Gourmet cooking anyway at this point and you're already way past level 5. It will take some time to reach level 8 in the career, so give yourself the best chance at progress bar improvement by continually addressing mood, daily requirements, work tone, etc. Cooking 3 Gourmet meals at a single event should not be too much of an issue though don't dilly dally and socialize too much - I would focus on making fast Gourmet meals like Caprese Salad which avoids the stovetop and oven altogether. Remember, you only have 6 hours.
Fresh Chef Reward Trait
All I can say about the Fresh Chef reward trait is...wow. I mean seriously. A cooking Sim with this trait will never have food spoil and the meals turn out amazing which means great moodlets for everyone eating the food. It's hands down one of the best reward traits for completing an Aspiration in the game.
Notice there is no time left on the Blackened Bass to tell you when it will spoil. Sweet!
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You should be able to throw as many prestigious social events and get goals every time you do, so you could throw many dinner parties and get the rewards for a medal each time if you wanted to.
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