Armor and scrap items break down into ore, is there an equivalent for cooking materials? Or are they only obtained through gathering?
From what I have encountered playing through the game, they can only be found through gathering.
I am currently level 80 and have been in all the zones including the WvW ones. I have not seen an alternative source of cooking mats yet. My guild mates agree with my and a quick google search does not turn up anything on the contrary.