The level 600 food from each Cooking Way gives you 300 of a stat. The largest feasts available give you 275, as does the level 550 individual food. You'll want your own 300 stat food for raiding, right?
Well, not all is simple. Each dish requires an ingredient that can only be purchased using Ironpaw Tokens http://www.wowhead.com/currency=402, and you can only get 7 of these a week via dailies. Any extras you need must be obtained via Replenishing the Pantry http://www.wowhead.com/quest=31535 which requires 20 fish/meat or 100 vegetables for each token. As you'll need your farm to produce as many veggies as possible for cooking, you need to go farming!
But here's the problem. At 5 food produced per token purchase, someone like me who raids 3 nights a week, for 4 hours each night, and could potentially wipe up to 8 times each hour, I'll need another 13 tokens to simply keep up with my raiding requirements. I'll need to spend more time farming if I want to purchase the vanity items.
How much time though? Well, assuming a rate of 5 fish every minute, I'll need to spend 61 minutes farming. That's 8.5% of my raiding week to obtain one of the ingredients. The 300 stat food also requires 5 of two different fish/meat, and 25 of a vegetable, which requires even more farming.
The vegetables are another bottleneck. On a normal day you'll only produce 80, so that means 560 per week minimum. Using myself as an example again, I'll need 480 vegetables per week. If you raid longer than I do you'll be short each week. This means farming more fish/meat to get more tokens to buy 25 veggies per token (each ingredient purchased with a token is 1/4th of the amount required to buy the token in the first place).
At this stage, guilds will either need to take the more practical approach of using feasts which have 1/5th the ingredient requirements, or force raiders to spend many extra hours farming ingredients or levelling alts to have multiple farms growing at the same time.
Ideally, we need more tokens from dailies and possibly doubling the fish/meat/veggies purchasable with tokens.
Originally posted here: http://www.totemspot.com/vb/entry.php?b=59