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Butler Cooking Tweaking

by gobot101 Posted 3rd Nov 2010 at 10:26 AM - Updated 26th Oct 2013 at 7:26 PM by gobot101
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October 26, 2013: Compatible with version 1.63 and Into the Future.

Past Updates:


thejester39 made a thread in the Late Night board about the butler cooking lots of food and asked if there was a mod or one in the works to cut down on hen the butler cooks, so I decided to make one.

By default, the butler will cook a meal every 140 minutes (2 hours and 20 minutes) when any child, teen, young adult, adult, or elder on the lot has hunger that falls below -20. Personally, I think that sounds a little too often.

My mod has 12 different options. First of all, the A versions of the mod doesn't change how much the butler costs, keeping the cost at §1200 a week. If you choose a B version of the mod, the cost of the butler increases to §5000 a week. I found §1200 a week a little cheap for the butler, especially since I have a mod that increases the cost of the maid to §500 a day, and a week of the maid ended up costing more than a week of the butler at that rate.

So anyway, now onto the mod.

In all versions of the mod, the hunger threshold for the butler to start making a meal is when any child or older sim on the lot has hunger that falls below -30. On the hunger bar, that looks like this:



The hungry moodlet shows up when your sim's hunger falls below -35, so with this mod, the butler will start cooking slightly before that.

So, version 1A only changes the hunger threshold to -30. The butler still costs §1200 a week and will cook meals as needed every 140 minutes.

Version 1B changes the hunger threshold to -30 and the butler will cook meals as needed every 140 minutes, and the cost is now §5000 a week.

Version 2 makes it so the butler will cook meals as needed every 180 minutes (3 hours).

Version 3 makes it so the butler will cook meals as needed every 210 minutes (3.5 hours).

Version 4 makes it so the butler will cook meals as needed every 240 minutes (4 hours).

Version 5 makes it so the butler will cook meals as needed every 270 minutes (4.5 hours).

Version 6 makes it so that the butler will cook meals as needed every 300 minutes (5 hours).

Remember, version A of each mod keeps the cost at §1200 per week and version B of each mod increases the cost to §5000 per week.

One thing I didn't change is the butler will put leftovers away after 90 minutes. To me, that sounds good enough because it gives all your sims plenty of time to get some food before he puts it away.

When downloading this mod you can only choose one version. It's a simple XML mod, so it shouldn't conflict with anything.

Added November 3rd:

I remember seeing someone somewhere wanting a mod that makes it so the butler will not cook unless you tell him too. I've added two more mods that pretty much do that. It changes it so that the butler will not start cooking a meal on his own every 9000 hours, or every 375 days. Again, version A keeps the price at §1200 and version B changes it to §5000.

December 29, 2011:

Saying this mod has been updated for patch 1.29 I would call a false truth. I did update something in it, but not because the patch changed anything. What I changed was one thing I forgot about when I was making and testing this mod last year, and shouldn't have had any affect on how the mod worked (at least I'd assume so). But, patch 1.29 changed nothing with this mod, so it wasn't really updated for that patch. If you still have issues with the butler cooking when he shouldn't, leave a comment and let me know which version of the mod you downloaded, if you've got the update I posted today. I have a feeling that the no cooking version just may not work at all, and I might have to play with it to get it to work.

Additional Credits:
Peter Jones for The Sims 3 Package Editor and the tutorial here on MTS that showed me how easy it is to edit an XML file.
Tags: #butler, #cooking

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You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Late Night
Built with Game Version: 6.0.81
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
ButlerMod1A.rar | Description: Costs §1200 a week and will cook meals as needed every 140 minutes. 1.6 KB 1,114 29th Dec 2011
ButlerMod1B.rar | Description: Costs §5000 a week and will cook meals as needed every 140 minutes. 1.6 KB 453 29th Dec 2011
ButlerMod2A.rar | Description: Costs §1200 a week and will cook meals as needed every 3 hours. 1.6 KB 478 29th Dec 2011
ButlerMod2B.rar | Description: Costs §5000 a week and will cook meals as needed every 3 hours. 1.6 KB 285 29th Dec 2011
ButlerMod3A.rar | Description: Costs §1200 a week and will cook meals as needed every 3.5 hours. 1.6 KB 270 29th Dec 2011
ButlerMod3B.rar | Description: Costs §5000 a week and will cook meals as needed every 3.5 hours. 1.6 KB 190 29th Dec 2011
ButlerMod4A.rar | Description: Costs §1200 a week and will cook meals as needed every 4 hours. 1.6 KB 629 29th Dec 2011
ButlerMod4B.rar | Description: Costs §5000 a week and will cook meals as needed every 4 hours. 1.6 KB 338 29th Dec 2011
ButlerMod5A.rar | Description: Costs §1200 a week and will cook meals as needed every 4.5 hours. 1.6 KB 287 29th Dec 2011
ButlerMod5B.rar | Description: Costs §5000 a week and will cook meals as needed every 4.5 hours. 1.6 KB 208 29th Dec 2011
ButlerMod6A.rar | Description: Costs §1200 a week and will cook meals as needed every 5 hours. 1.6 KB 1,286 29th Dec 2011
ButlerMod6B.rar | Description: Costs §5000 a week and will cook meals as needed every 5 hours. 1.6 KB 637 29th Dec 2011
ButlerNeverCooksA.rar | Description: Costs §1200 a week and won't cook unless you tell him to. 1.6 KB 3,381 29th Dec 2011
ButlerNeverCooksB.rar | Description: Costs §5000 a week and won't cook unless you tell him to. 1.6 KB 1,139 29th Dec 2011
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#76 Old 12th Jul 2012 at 3:50 PM
I've not been able to check yet. The HD in my desktop died so I've just recently got The Sims 3 installed on my laptop. I'm still sorting out a few things, but I should have the mod checked out within the next day or two.
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#77 Old 4th Aug 2012 at 1:15 AM
Great Mod...thank you for this. My Butler is awesome!! He has his own room with TV and private bathroom. He is so good he even takes care of the kids. No more lazy maids and deadbeat babysitters!!!
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#78 Old 15th Aug 2012 at 2:37 AM
is compatible w/ 1.36?
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#79 Old 21st Sep 2012 at 4:18 AM
Hi, I downloaded this mod and it was the first one I have ever downloaded, and for about five days it worked great. I downloaded the version where the butler costs 1200 per week and only cooks when asked to do so, and at first everything worked wonderfully. Then, out of the blue, my butler started cooking like mad all over again :L I didn't download any patches or anything new. Any explanations??
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#80 Old 16th Oct 2012 at 7:44 AM
Default Butler not cooking at all
I see all these posts about the butler cooking too much. I have the opposite issue. No matter how hungry my sims get, my butler will not cook for them. Even when I ask the butler to cook, she only cooks an individual meal instead of a family meal. I have tried firing/re-hiring and it doesn't work. Any suggestions?
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#81 Old 17th Oct 2012 at 4:25 PM
My butler is still cooking food, even though I have the version where (s)he shouldn't do it without being asked. The 5000/day (s)he takes, however.

edit: My latest expansion pack it "Pets", and I haven't updated the patch since then.

I play Sims in German, so I apologize in advance for any "funny/wrong English term" I might use when describing something about the game. ;)
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#82 Old 26th Oct 2012 at 11:07 PM
I use no cook mod. When a sim asks the butler to cook, he/she cooks for one person only but not for the whole family. My game is patched to 1.38. I have Late Night and Generations.

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#83 Old 6th Jan 2013 at 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by lambeauleaper
I see all these posts about the butler cooking too much. I have the opposite issue. No matter how hungry my sims get, my butler will not cook for them. Even when I ask the butler to cook, she only cooks an individual meal instead of a family meal. I have tried firing/re-hiring and it doesn't work. Any suggestions?


Hi. I am having the same issue. My butler will only cook a single meal when my family of nine gets hungry. I'm not sure what to do.
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#84 Old 17th Jan 2013 at 5:10 PM
To all: I do not even have the mod and have had issues with the Butler only cooking single meals even though I, at the time, had a family of 7. There is a definite possibility that EA broke the butler somehow not the mod, just a possibility. Also love the mod hopefully it will be fixed soon, i'm too poor in my current game to afford the butler so I will wait as needed.
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#85 Old 27th May 2013 at 10:25 PM
I downloaded the never cooks option. Thank you! I just hated how all my sims would go eat constantly!! ughh
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#86 Old 10th Jul 2013 at 5:16 AM
Hi, I LOVE this mod, it was working great for me, but now I'm having an issue since patch 1.55. My butler has gone back to cooking non-stop, except now he doesn't finish anything, he just preps food, sets down the prepped, but un-cooked food, and begins another meal. My counter-space is quickly taken up with half-made, rotting food. =\

I've tried clearing my caches (both for the game and CCMagic) and re-downloading the mod. Nothing seems to work. Could it be a conflict, say with an nraas mod? (I have most of twallan's suite, plus over 100 other mods, but to my knowledge, none of the others directly affect butler/service sim behavior.)

Thanks, and thank you for this mod, it's awesome.

Edit: Forgot to mention, I'm using Butler Never Cooks A
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#87 Old 17th Jul 2013 at 8:49 PM
Do the B versions of this mod make the butler cooking group meals because of the price?
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#88 Old 19th Sep 2013 at 6:46 AM
can you please make a mod where it fixes the butler glitch where the butler leaves after a week?
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#89 Old 20th Jan 2014 at 6:40 PM
Hi! Thank you so much for making this!

Anyways, I'm having some trouble with the mod and I was really hoping you could hep... Eventhough I installed the ButlerNeverCooksA version, my butler is cooking like crazy! He/she (I've fired quite a few because they are all doing this) starts cooking a meal, then stops half-way through and starts a new one, and keeps doing this until he/she has no more space to put un-prepared dishes in, and then finishes cooking only the last one.

I get the same results regardless if the .package file is in the Packages folder or the Overrides folder.

My game version is 1.66, and the only EP I've installed is Late Night, which is updated to v 6.5
Test Subject
#90 Old 24th Mar 2014 at 10:54 PM
I posted before that ButlerNeverCooksA doesn't work for me. The butler still cooks when Sims are hungry. But then I tried the B version and it works, strangely enough. For those of you who wanted the version of the butler to never cook, try version B, if A didn't work for you. HIH.
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#91 Old 19th Apr 2014 at 8:50 AM
I cant get my butlers to cook meals when people are hungry, I'm on the Island Paradise map, i have a few Nraas mods, I wanted the 5hr meal mod but Butler never cooked one meal over 3 days. So i tried out the 140min ver B to see if the mod was working and yes Butlers cost $5000 so I know its installed still after 3 days not 1 meal was cooked by the Butler...

I'd like to get some auto meals out of the butlers, but at least on Island Paradise they dont cook for me
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#92 Old 1st Jun 2014 at 12:20 PM
Hey, tried this one out, the butler still cooks meals maybe it's because my game version is 1.50?
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#93 Old 17th Oct 2014 at 11:52 PM
thanks!!!!oh btw a walk in fridge dose wonders too,so now the butler will only cook when i ask him too,yay!!!!!
yo if this mod dont work put the fridge in a room by itself and lock his can out.just lock it and only allow your sim with the highest coking level to go in,this stops house fires too
:D
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#94 Old 4th Apr 2016 at 1:57 PM
Thanks for famous mod!
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#95 Old 9th Jul 2018 at 1:17 AM
My butler keeps cooking autonomously now since I installed something else that I figured wouldn't affect it. I'm not sure what mod it is, so I tried moving ButlerNeverCooksA to Overrides. I tried editing it myself. This is what I changed:
<kMinHungerBeforeStartCooking value="-70">
<!--If any of the CTYAE Sims get below this hunger value, Butler starts cooking-->
</kMinHungerBeforeStartCooking>

TimeBetweenSuccessfulCookingSessions seems to not be affecting anything at all.
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#96 Old 17th Mar 2020 at 1:33 PM
awesome!
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