Attention all Cafe World chefs! Yesterday, Zynga launched a new feature in the game that will not only change the way you look at your in-game recipe menu, but will likely also have an effect on the way you choose which dish to cook on a hourly/daily/weekly basis. The new feature? Cooking mastery.
Similar to crop mastery in FarmVille, the cooking mastery system sees a single bar added below all of the stats on a particular dish (also notice that the stats themselves have been changed to show you how many cooking points you’ll receive upon cooking a dish).
Each dish starts at level one, and by cooking it, you’ll earn mastery points that can raise it from a level 1 dish to a level 2 dish and even to level 3 dish with enough repetition. You’ll be able to see more information about a dish by either clicking on the small “i” in the corner of each recipe box, or by clicking on the mastery progress bar.
This will take you to a detailed menu, presenting not only the basic stats of the dish (cooking time, servings and the like), but also the dish’s mastery level, including how many times you’ve cooked the dish and how many times you still need to cook it to reach the next level.
As you raise a dish through its various levels, you’ll receive designer plates to serve it on, and you’ll receive more servings of the dish each time you cook it in the future (as we see above, the Herbed Halibut recipe now offers 945 servings each time it is cooked, as opposed to 900), along with cafe point bonuses and even faster cooking times, once it reaches the highest level.
You’ll also be prompted to post a news item to your wall, celebrating your new “dish mastery” achievement, which allows your friends to get a mastery boost in that particular recipe, if they click on the “Get Mastery Boost” link.
It should be noted that while you can cook the dish ad nauseum, you’ll never actually receive the mastery points until you successfully serve the dish. That is, if you allow it to spoil, you will have wasted not only time and money, but you won’t receive any mastery points on the dish.
Want to become the master of your own cookbook? Head over to the game’s page on Facebook to get started!