Top 5 Most Unconventional Chef Recipes in Guild Wars 2

Crafting in Guild Wars 2 is sometimes a point of contention within the community. It’s almost impossible to make a considerable amount of gold from it, and usually involves a hefty investment. However, we’re drawn to it for different reasons. For me, it’s about aid in leveling up and being just plain proud of myself. My first crafting love was cooking.

The chef recipes in GW2 are surprisingly tame, but there are a few that either can’t be reproduced in real life or foods that any sane person would not waste their energy or money to create.


  1. Dragon’s Revelry Starcake


Pile of Crystalline Dust

White Cake

Piece of Zhaitaffy

Saffron Thread

This dessert only has a “Basic” rating in terms of rarity as expressed by the Guild Wars 2 Wiki, and for good reason. Acquisition of each of these ingredients is pretty straightforward and you can obtain them from the trading post for a couple of silvers at the most anyway. I know that saffron thread is an actual thing that people cook with in real life, but working with it at all points (harvesting, storing, etc.) is painstaking and barely has a place in our own lives, let alone in a game where we have to stab a bunch of centaurs just to run through a field.

The idea of zhaitaffy isn’t bad, but its origin is a mystery. Who made up that name? What makes it different from actual taffy? I don’t trust it. I don’t trust you, zhaitaffy. Then again, you need to be at level 400 cooking in order to use it in a recipe, and I don’t know anyone who uses taffy to make anything. Do you start using it when you max out your real cooking level? I’m thinking too much about this.


  1. Indigo Mushroom Milkshake


Bowl of Ice Cream Base


Drop of Indigo Mushroom Milk

I don’t even know why I included this. Was it just so I could make this list a round five? Probably. Or it’s probably because I don’t see how you can get +70 Precision from a freaking milkshake. Who thought of this? And it’s described as having “earthy undertones.” That comes from the mushroom milk, right? How important is that drop? You need 25 indigo mushrooms to get that one drop. That’s actually pretty bizarre, but I don’t know about unconventional. It’s like the plant equivalent of a chinchilla fur coat.

And now I’m sad.


  1. Loaf of Candy Cactus Cornbread


Bowl of Baker’s Dry Ingredients


Piece of Candy Corn


Just to clarify, all of these are real ingredients. Nopal is an actual cactus that people use to make food. So why did I include it? Just think about the idea of this. I think this is the fruitcake of the Guild Wars 2 world. That actually makes it worse. Cornbread with chunks of candy corn and cactus in it is too much for me to handle. I’m glad it’s cornbread, though, as anything else would have created too many flavors for me to handle.


  1. Prickly Pear Stuffed Nopale



Black Bean

Pile of Tangy Seasoning

Prickly Pear

To be clear, a prickly pear is a cactus. It’s a cactus stuffed inside of a cactus. It’s classified as a snack, too, so they can’t even claim that it’s some artsy meal. I think the GW2 cooking gods are trolling us. Is this even a real thing? I’m not even going to look it up, it’s weird regardless.

I’d totally eat it, though. We all would.

It’s pretty beneficial in the game, however, and I’m sure it’d be the go-to recipe if you’ve got a ton of cactus built up in your inventory. Yeah, just stuff ‘em inside of each other. That’s viable, apparently.


  1. Bowl of Marjory’s Experimental Chili


Bowl of Spicy Meat Chili

Ghost Pepper

Pristine Toxic Spore Sample

Pile of Salt and Pepper

Oh, hey! Didn’t think Marjory Delaqua would pop up again. Statistically, she should be one of your favorite characters. Then why would she do this to us? She’s taken a liberally spiced food and then piled a crapton of likely dangerous spices on top of it. This is too much. You’re hardcore, Marjory. If I didn’t know anything about her, I’d be scared of her just by looking at this recipe. It clearly had to be made by an insane person, especially since she sells it at some point. That would eventually lead to a lawsuit if the people of Tyria didn’t have their own problems.

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