Honestly i would say yes. Though i dont have a cook in the cooks guild i do have a t6 cook who keeps my 65 hunter in food though he cant make the really good stuff you have to be kin or to to lothlorien to make. Honestly i would say that is a bigger deal than the cooks guild though you can still make food people want and will use even if you arent at lorien rep lvls yet
As far as I can see the guild stuff is just crit versions of regular recipes with time restrictions. since you can just do the regular version and crit 1 in 4 with good tools then sell the non-crits for money I cant imagine a use for the guild recipes as you can only make 25 per week or whatever time frame the recipe has. Granted you dont have to waste as much time creating 100 to get the 25 crits but you dont get the gold from selling the non-crits. As a further note, all recipes beyond lvl 58 are reputation gated and require either galadhrim or maladhrim rep to learn the recipe. Which means for high end foods you will have to level your char to at least 55-60 and get friend - kin with galadhrim /maladhrim.
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My main is 57 now, so the rep shouldn't be a problem ( I like grinding rep with most factions ( Free TP is good)) for him.
Just did the quest to unlock the fourth tier ( names always escape me) on both my farmer and cook.
Found a nice schedule how to "power level" the profession to reach SM fast.
Cooking is still good even without the guild, as the guild doesn't have any crit trail food recipes. The plus side to the guild is that it is cheaper, the mats needed to make 25 guilded crit food equates to what would be needed to make 10 regular food. You also of course save a lot of time with the 25 autocrit.
It's sad in fact just how trivial getting Kindred with the guild actually is in terms of what you get for the effort (which isn't huge of course, just takes a few weeks elapsed due to symbol cooldowns).
I had two cooks, both SM, one kindred in the guild (level 20) and one kindred with the elves (level 65), the non-guilded one had access to a recipe a small bit better than the other, though not by much and either produced food which was perfectly fine for raiding.
I would say yes. I have one cook in the guild but it is a character I rarely play. I also have two other toons that are cooks. They can make everything I need. Finishing out the tier is easy with cooking so i would say go for it. Food is nice to have around. There really isn't anything important you can't make outside of the guild unless your toon it too low level to go and buy the recipes.
With tier 7, cooking without the guild became even more viable. The good tier 7 trail food (and the multi-use cooked food) recipes are gated behind reputation with the new NPC factions; a level 10 cook alt simply can't make those, only a high-level player can. Lots of people who made their own food are relying on others to cook for them. Bummer for them (I was in that group for a while), but you could make some extra money for your trouble.
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my 2nd toon was a cook and I chose the guild because most people were choosing jeweler and I figured I'd see cooler recipes. As it is, the guild only saves time, but for we toonaholics that's important. Up until they raised the cap from 65, the best food was the Loth waybread. That required kindred with Loth, not with the guild, so you could even make that w/o the guild.
I use the guild recipes when leveling a new toon just for the bulk auto-crit foods. Still, there are so many jewelers, I really haven't missed it. Finally started my 6th toon and he'll be a jeweler. Scholar is saved for the 7th and last...