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Hello,
My cooks aren't cooking any food for my prisoners. There are food boxes in the fridges and the cooks all have queued jobs to "Load Ingredients Into Cooker" but they are all just running around the kitchen not doing anything. Has anyone else seen this? Does anyone know how to fix it?
 

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In recent patches kitchens have become problematic if the ratio is off.

For every cooker you need 4-6 freezers, 1 sink, and 2 cooks.
10 cookers can feed 400 prisoners with a food quality of varied/varied and two meals per day.

Any more cookers per freezer or sink, or too few cooks, and the cooks become stupid.
 
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Hello,
My cooks aren't cooking any food for my prisoners. There are food boxes in the fridges and the cooks all have queued jobs to "Load Ingredients Into Cooker" but they are all just running around the kitchen not doing anything. Has anyone else seen this? Does anyone know how to fix it?
Please post details of your problem here, and a save game showing it:
Thanks!
 

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Wait whaaaaat? So the info on the wiki, with 12 fridges and 12 cookers (11.25) for 100 prisoners (with high food variety) isn't correct anymore? You need 5-6x as many freezers as cookers? You serious?
 

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Yeah, I'm not sure exactly when it changed but the ratio definitely is now 2 cooks / 1 cooker / 4-6 fridges for ~40 meals.
I came across this on Reddit a while back and I can confirm this is how it works now after some extensive testing.
4 fridges for low quantity/variety, 6 for high/high.

Adding more fridges per cooker than 6 is wasted space, as one cooker will never run out of ingredients with 6. Adding fewer than 4 means cookers run out, meaning production stalls. This is why loading up old prisons which use more cookers leads to cooks seemingly not doing anything, they just don't have the ingredients to feed all the cookers.

2 cooks are the maximum amount needed for one cooker, one is cooking while the other is preparing meals.

Likewise, you need exactly 1 sink per cooker. One cook can do the washing up while the other gets plates.