I got an anonymous email yesterday from a reader who had an interesting question that I thought might be worth sharing with everyone. Anon writes:
Have I not researched enough? You folks seem to REALLY know what is up.
I have reached 300 fishing + gear to 335
I know I can't increase til lvl 40?
But cooking is 300 And I can't find a trainer to increase my skills is there a level cap there also??
Well I know that the Cooking and Fishing trainers no longer show a level requirement for the upper tiers of training, but I couldn't promise that the cap was truly gone. I haven't leveled any character under level 35 to a skill above 300 myself. This seemed like the kind of information that should actually be confirmed before I decide to spout it as fact, so I decided to do just that.
I dusted off my level 22 druid on an alternate realm I use for Horde toons. Her Cooking skill was sitting at 130 when I started the experiment. I'm happy to report that I was able to level her Cooking skill all the way to 371 and unlock the Grand Master tier up to 450. I did the whole process using the Cooking trainer from the Undercity, I didn't try to do any kamikaze traveling to Outland or Northrend. I used a 76 DK on the same realm to visit high level zones for fishing and vendor purchases.
I'm happy to report that the level requirements for Cooking are really gone. For anyone who's been curious about leveling max Cooking on a lowbie (or bank alt?) it appears to be quite feasible. I could actually see this being handy for a bank alt who's designated to store Cooking mats anyway. You could just send that toon all of your excess meats and fish, then let them Cook and post it for sale. Currently I have to mail cooking mats back and forth between the toon that hold the mats and my one gal who can make Cata food. Thanks for the question Anon, I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this out :)