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Recipe for Disaster is the 100th quest released by Jagex, being a sequel to the Cook's Assistant quest. It is composed of 10 subquests. The subquests range in difficulty from easy to very hard. It is intended to be a quest which nearly any member can start, but which only the most accomplished and willing players can complete.

Dimension of Disaster, the 200th quest and a "sequel" to Recipe for Disaster, was released on 23 March 2015.

Official description

The cook in Lumbridge has a surprisingly small number of ingredients to hand in his kitchen, possibly as a result of an endless stream of newcomers with light fingers, taking anything that isn't nailed down from his kitchen.

Luckily, in the past, a kind Cook's Assistant was willing to help him in his culinary duties, but a problem has now appeared that could spell... a Recipe For Disaster!

Almost all members may attempt to solve his tricky predicament, and be rewarded accordingly, but only the very elite of Questers will be able to put an end to his problem permanently!


Start pointQuest map icon
Recipe for Disaster icon
Speak to the cook in Lumbridge Castle.
Member requirementP2P icon Members only
Official difficultySpecial Special
Official lengthVery, Very Long
RequirementsSkill requirements are not boostable unless marked with a [B] for boostable.
Quest Quests:
  • 48 Agility Agility
  • 176 Quest points
  • Able to kill a level 50 monster (only if you don't have Ice gloves, level 50 Mining and the ability to kill a level 77 Ice queen if you want Ice gloves)
  • Able to defeat a level 100 Black dragon
  • Able to defeat 5 level 35 monsters
  • Able to defeat a level 64 Big Snake
  • Ability to fight very tough, high-levelled enemies ranging from level 128 to 140 without prayer or summoning. (You don't have to beat all of them in one go; you can make several trips if you wish.)
Items requiredItems from the tool belt are not listed unless they do not work or are not automatically added.
  • See each subquest's article for items needed.
Enemies to defeat
  • None

Subquests 1

The cook is preparing for a party in Lumbridge. He tells you that a hundred years ago, a very important meeting was held in Lumbridge. His ancestor, Franizzard Van Lumbcook, cooked such an amazing banquet for the occasion that he was offered a job as head cook, along with all his descendants, for life. This big, important meeting is held in Lumbridge every 10 years and today is the 10th anniversary. As he cannot think of a brilliant dish himself, he intends to use his ancestor's recipe for the feast. However, he needs your help gathering the ingredients, again.

Audio options icon
The Secret Council
The music that plays during the cutscene.
Lumbridge Secret Council

The frozen Council

After completing Another Cook's Quest, you receive an invitation to the feast. Enter the doors to the dining room to observe the feast, and you will see members of the Secret Council of RuneScape seated at the table.

As the Duke introduces the rest of the secret council, he is interrupted by the Mysterious Old Man and is teleported to take care of it. Osman will then get taken away by Evil Bob. At this point, you enter the room. A short while later, the Culinaromancer crashes the party and starts to attack everyone at the dining table with magic spells.

Luckily, the Gypsy from Varrock enters the room and casts Tempus Cessit, which freezes everyone in time, except for you and her. She explains that the Culinaromancer was a cook in Lumbridge a hundred years ago and had threatened the secret council with death, only to be thwarted by the Duke's assistant, who managed to trap him in another dimension. This assistant was the cook's ancestor, and was made head cook for life.

The current head cook, whom you helped build the feast, apparently created a powerful food-magic, which released the Culinaromancer from his prison. Seeing him, the Gypsy casts the aforementioned spell, so that you both can protect the council from the Culinaromancer's attacks. While she can easily seal the Culinaromancer in a heartbeat, due to the fact you caused the Culinaromancer to awaken she holds you responsible and sends you to save them as the magic is causing a temporal paradox that could destroy the known reality with the magic.

Subquests 2 through 9

To release each member of the council from the Culinaromancer's spell, you must feed each of them their favourite food. After you give each member their favourite dish, Gypsy teleports them away to safety and tells you how many more council members are left.

You can complete these subquests in any order and start as many of them at a time as you want. Each subquest opens up increased access to the Culinaromancer's Chest, which holds a variety of goods.

It is strongly recommended that you grow a pet kitten before you start the subquests if you do not already have an adult cat, as it will take two and a half hours for the kitten to grow. If you do this at the start, it should be fully grown and you can save the Evil Dave subquest for last.

Image Name Requirements
Goblin Generals icon Freeing the Goblin Generals
Quest Quests:
Mountain Dwarf icon Freeing the Mountain Dwarf
Quest Quests:
Evil Dave icon Freeing Evil Dave
Quest Quests:
  • Level 25 Cooking
Lumbridge Sage icon Freeing the Lumbridge Sage
Quest Quests:
  • Level 40 Cooking
Pirate Pete icon Freeing Pirate Pete
  • Level 31 Cooking
  • Able to defeat 5 level 35 monsters
Skrach Uglogwee icon Freeing Skrach Uglogwee
Quest Quests:
  • Level 41 Cooking
  • Level 20 Firemaking
Sir Amik Varze icon Freeing Sir Amik Varze
Quest Quests:
  • Started Legends' Quest (you do not need to have anything mapped, but keep in mind the quest requirements for Legends' Quest)
  • Able to defeat a level 100 Black dragon
Monkey Ambassador icon Freeing King Awowogei
Quest Quests:

Subquest 10

Culinaromancer unfrozen

The Culinaromancer is unfrozen!

After you have freed all the council members, you will see a cutscene, where Gypsy Aris restarts time by saying "Tempus procedit!" The Culinaromancer will then retreat through the portal. Aris then says that you too must go through the portal to finish him off.

Image Name Requirements
Culinaromancer chathead Recipe for Disaster: Defeating the Culinaromancer
Quest Quests:
  • 176 quest points to access the portal.
  • Ability to fight very tough, high-levelled enemies ranging from level 89 to 98 without Prayer or Summoning. (You don't have to beat all of them in one go; you can make several trips if you wish.)


Recipe for Disaster (Defeating the Culinaromancer) reward

If you have fully completed all 10 subquests for "Recipe for Disaster", you will have received the following:

Music unlocked

Required for completing

Development team

  • Developer - Framework: James B
  • Developer - Dining room cutscenes: Mod Ash
  • Developer - Mountain Dwarf: Mod Maz
  • Developer - Goblin Generals: Ian G
  • Developer - Pirate Pete: Anthony W
  • Developer - Lumbridge Sage: Tim C
  • Developer - Evil Dave: John A
  • Developer - Skrach Uglogwee: Mod Tytn
  • Developer - Sir Amik Varze Greg V
  • Developer - King Awowogei Mod Chihiro, Mod Liam, Dylan C
  • Developer - New cat chats: Mark O
  • QuestHelp: Rob M, Gillan M, Stephen R, Dave O
  • Graphics: John S, Steve R, Damian C, Tom W, Paul B, Nick F, Joe R, Dan B, Matt M, James W
  • QA: Martin I, Francis B
  • Audio: Mod Ian


  • In the first cutscene, Duke Horacio and Osman appear to have a random event featuring the Mysterious Old Man. After Duke Horacio is abducted, the Dwarf Guard says to Osman "something has to be done about that old man". Furthermore, once Osman has also been abducted, the Dwarf comments on the rarity of witnessing two random events in a matter of seconds.
  • A visual glitch has appeared on Osman of Al Kharid, his appearance is stretched and glitched.
  • When informed by Gypsy Aris that the universe could be destroyed, your player exclaims, Not the whole universe! That's where I keep my stuff! This is a reference to the animated comedy series Futurama. The original quote came from the cartoon series "The Tick". Interviewer: Well, can you... blow up the world? Tick: Egad. I hope not. That's where I keep all my stuff.
  • The quest point requirement used to be only 175. It was increased to 176 after the Unstable Foundations tutorial update, which gave an extra quest point upon completion.
  • The cook, after telling you about defeating the Culinaromancer, says, "Did you ever know that you're my hero?" This is a reference to Bette Midler's "Wind beneath my Wings".
  • When you attempt to release Pirate Pete, the gypsy exclaims "Wait a moment, my gypsy-sense is tingling..." This is a reference to Spiderman.
  • When asking the Lumbridge Cook for help on a section of the quest you didn't start yet, the gypsy will stop you, saying that it will cause a time paradox if you don't talk to her about it first.
  • The first subquest is called 'Another Cook's Quest' on the "Quest-Complete Scroll", but is called 'Starting Out' in the Adventurer's Log.
  • After you have freed the last member of the council, Gypsy Aris releases her spell, allowing the Culinaromancer to escape, but not before saying "But you cannot defeat me! I'LL BE BACK!" This is a reference to The Terminator.
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