The Academy in World Chef is unlocked at level 10 and costs 500, taking 6 hours to build. It allows you to level up dishes using Recipe Cards. Academy Upgrades increase the amount of XP and Coins you earn for producing, serving and selling your dishes. With each upgrade you will also earn Popularity Points.
Each dish requires a certain number of Recipe Cards, which you can obtain in three ways: Special Delivery Crates, Today’s Offers (The Merchants) or as rewards given after serving VIP‘s. Read those specific pages for more details.
Dishes are categorised as either Common or Gourmet and are colour coded as such. All dishes start with a base value for both XP and Coins which increase as you level up each dish. There is no longer a limit on the amount of times you can level up a dish, but each time you do, the next will require significantly more Recipe Cards:
Level 1: 2 Recipe Cards
Level 2: 5 Recipe Cards
Level 3: 10 Recipe Cards
Level 4: 20 Recipe Cards
Level 5: 50 Recipe Cards
Level 6: 70 Recipe Cards
Level 7: 100 Recipe Cards
Level 8: 150 Recipe Cards
Level 9: 220 Recipe Cards
Level 10: 300 Recipe Cards
A comprehensive list of each of the values for XP, Coins and Popularity Points at each level appears on the details page for every Dish on this Wiki. You can find them from the Chef pages, or the full list of dishes here: Chef Dishes.
The Popularity Points table below shows how the first 10 levels of each dish improves:
|Common Dishes||–||Gourmet Dishes|
The Cook Book
You can check your progress towards your next upgrades in the Cook Book. For each dish you will see the current level in the gold star, and a progress bar. This shows how many Recipe Cards are required to reach the next level, as well as the current number of Recipe Cards you have.