It's been advertised on the game's loading screen (like that seen above) for some time now, but finally, Zynga has officially launched the Cooking Academy in Cafe World. However, before you can join, and eventually graduate from the Cooking Academy, you'll need to first complete a series of missions that prove your worth to the virtual Chef Matty, your guide through this feature.
Meet us behind the break for everything you need to know concerning these preliminary tasks.
To start this mission off, you'll need to watch for Chef Matty to enter your Cafe, and click on the very large tan letter that appears above his head. This will allow you to accept the introductory missions.
The series of Academy tasks will appear in the top right corner of the gameplay area, where all of the traditional quests and jobs go. The first job is called "1st Referral," and it asks you to Get 3 Referrals (simply serve three customers) and prepare 1 Spitfire Roasted Chicken (a dish that takes a day to cook - but remember, you can use spices to speed this up).
The reward for completing this step is 25 coins and 10 Cafe Points. You'll be able to share coins with your friends as a bonus.
The second quest is called "Build your Spice Rack," and it asks you to simply start building your Spice Rack. As many users will have already completed this step, however, you'll be able to pass the mission simply by clicking on the Spices icon in your menu at the bottom of the gameplay area. Close the spice menu that appears and voila, the quest will pop and you will receive 25 coins and 20 Cafe Points as a reward (again, the bonus for friends is free coins).
The third quest is called "2nd Referral" and it asks you to visit 1 neighbor and complete 2 Eat Missions. This means that you'll need to visit two neighbors and click on the small blue stick figure that appears on the right side of your neighbor's cafe (he's holding a fork and spoon) and "eat" that friend's daily special dish by clicking on the "Yes" button in the menu that appears. The reward for this mission is 50 coins and 25 Cafe Points.
Once you have completed this mission, head back to your Cafe, and accept another letter from Chef Matty. Your application is going smoothly so far, but he needs one more referral before he can accept you into the Cooking Academy. This means one more quest is coming your way.
Don't worry though, this quest is just as simple as all of the others (so long as you've already finished your Spice Rack), as it asks you to do just that - finish your Spice Rack, and then Spice 5 of your neighbors' dishes. If you've already completed the Spice Rack previously, this step will be checked for your automatically. The reward for this final quest is 100 coins and 25 Cafe Points.
Head back to your Cafe once more, and you'll receive yet another letter from Chef Matty. He congratulates you, as he has approved your application to the Cooking Academy!
We'll bring you more coverage about the Cooking Academy and all of the spoils available therein in the near future.
For now, let us know what you think of these introductory quests. Do you think they are too simple? Think the rewards should be better? Sound off in the comments.