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Cook's Assistant (#1)
Cook's Assistant
Release date 4 January 2001 (Update)
Members only? No
Voice acted? No
Official difficulty Novice
Official length Short
Quest series None
Developer(s) Original: Paul Gower
Rework: Chihiro Yamada
Second improvement: Fred M
Age Fifth Age
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Cook's Assistant is the first RuneScape quest ever released.[1] In the quest, players must obtain a bucket of top-quality milk, a super large egg, and a pot of extra fine flour. They need to give the items to the cook, who requires the ingredients to make a birthday cake for Duke Horacio.

This quest was one of the six available during RuneScape's launch, and was originally developed by Paul Gower. It has since gone through a rework and another improvement which introduced different ingredients and additional rewards.

Official descriptionEdit

The Lumbridge Castle cook is in a mess. It is the Duke of Lumbridge's birthday and the cook is making the cake.

He needs a lot of ingredients and doesn't have much time.

 

WalkthroughEdit

Start point Quest map icon
Cook's Assistant icon
Speak to the cook in the kitchen of Lumbridge Castle.
Member requirement F2P icon
Official difficulty Novice Novice
Length Short[2]
Requirements None
Items required Items from the toolbelt are not listed unless they do not work or are not automatically added.
  • None
Enemies to defeat None
Cook (Lumbridge) chathead
Cook's Assistant start point

Starting point

A feast for a DukeEdit

To begin the quest, talk to the cook in the Lumbridge Castle's kitchen, which is on the ground floor. He tells you that it is Duke Horacio's birthday, and he is supposed to prepare a cake for the celebration, but he has forgotten to bring some of the ingredients required for the cake. Thus, he requires you to bring him a bucket of top-quality milk, a super large egg, and a pot of extra fine flour.

Obtaining the ingredientsEdit

Before heading off to collect the ingredients, it is advised to take the empty pot sitting on the table in the kitchen, to collect the flour with. The bucket for collecting the milk can be obtained in the Lumbridge cow field, east of River Lum and south-east of the chicken farm, next to the prized dairy cow from whom the top-quality milk is collected. One could alternatively buy both of the items in a general store (General store map icon).

Cook's Assistant map

Locations from which the ingredients can be obtained

Top-quality milkEdit

A bucket of top-quality milk may be collected from the Lumbridge cow field. To obtain the milk, simply use a bucket on the prized dairy cow.

Super large eggEdit

To acquire a super large egg, visit the chicken farm in Lumbridge, east of the River Lum, and pick up the super large egg there. The egg can also be found outside Fred the Farmer's farm, which is north of Lumbridge Castle and south-east of Mill Lane Mill, a local windmill.

Extra fine flourEdit

Lastly, to obtain the extra fine flour, you should pick up some wheat from the field west of Fred the Farmer's farm, leave the field, and head north-east to Mill Lane Mill. Speak to Millie Miller about making extra fine flour before climbing to the top floor, so she can convert regular flour into the extra fine kind by realigning millstones. Use the grain with the hopper and operate the hopper controls, in order to cause the grain to grind. Finally, head down to the ground floor and empty the flour bin by clicking on it.

DeliveryEdit

To wrap up, take the ingredients back to the cook in the castle. Speak to him for the final time, and give him the ingredients to complete the quest.

RewardsEdit

Cook's Assistant reward

The following are rewarded to you upon completion of the quest:

If you have completed the quest before the update that awards 20 sardines and 500 coins, you can claim them at any time by speaking to the cook.

Required for completingEdit

The completion of Cook's Assistant is a requirement to complete the following:

TranscriptEdit

Development and releaseEdit

Paul Gower

Paul (left) and Andrew Gower contributed to the quest

Cook's Assistant was first released on 4 January 2001 on the launch of RuneScape Classic, the same day The Restless Ghost, Demon Slayer, Romeo & Juliet, Shield of Arrav and Sheep Shearer quests were released. It was originally developed by Paul Gower, one of the co-founders of Jagex. Andrew Gower, another co-founder, also contributed to the quest, while Nishal K did the QuestHelp and audio developer Ian Taylor worked on the audio for the quest.[2] A rework of the quest was developed by RuneScape game designer Chihiro Yamada, the Quality Assurance was completed by Daniel G, and the graphics were done by Matt M.[2]

Another improvement was implemented on 15 December 2009.[3] The 500 coins and 20 sardines rewards were added with it. The improvement also changed the type of ingredients that were required. Beforehand, players only had to bring an ordinary egg, bucket of milk and flour to the cook, which meant that they could just finish the quest by talking to the cook twice with the ingredients ready. The second improvement was developed by Fred M, the Quality Assurance was done by Dean O and James H, and the graphics were updated by Alec V, Giuseppe G, and Daniel J.[2]

Reception and sequelEdit

In a 2007 poll, 3% of players voted that Cook's Assistant was their favourite novice quest.[4] In another poll in the same year, 50% of players voted that it was the first quest they completed.[5] A sequel to the quest, Recipe for Disaster,[1] was released on 15 March 2006.[6]

TriviaEdit

  • For the 2013 April Fools' Day, a video was released by Jagex showing the development of 'Cook's Assistant: The Musical', to emphasise how iconic the quest is. This was, however, a joke.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Jagex. "Behind the Scenes - March". 6 March 2006. RuneScape News.
  2. ^ a b c d e Jagex. Cook's Assistant. RuneScape Game Guide.*
  3. ^ Mod Srowley. Patch Notes - Archive. RuneScape Forums. 16 December 2009. (Archived from the original on 8 July 2011.)*
  4. ^ Jagex. "Favourite quests of all time!", Question What is your favourite Novice Quest?. 23 April 2007. RuneScape Polls.
  5. ^ Jagex. "Do you remember the time?", Question Which quest did you complete first?. 3 July 2007. RuneScape Polls.
  6. ^ Jagex. "Hundredth Quest - Recipe for Disaster!". 15 March 2006. RuneScape News.
  7. ^ Jagex. RuneScape: Behind the Scenes April fools ; ). YouTube.*

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