Ingredients in Chefville are used to cook recipes and craft other ingredients. The easiest way for a player to obtain ingredients is to harvest them from their own restaurant, consuming energy and guaranteeing 1-3 ingredients. Additionally, players can tend to items and "sample" dishes at their neighbors' restaurants for a chance to obtain an ingredient. Many raw ingredients can be asked for from the player's friends, either by a wall post or a direct ask. Finally, all ingredients can be purchased for Cash.
Crafted ingredients can all be made on various stations. Several can also be harvested from racks and stands. A select few have a chance to drop when "sampling" a neighbor's dish. Crafted ingredients can not be obtained as gifts, and the cash price of crafted ingredients is typically much higher than that of raw ingredients.