By chance did you ever check with the Novice Cook for the quest? In the past it was always the Novice crafter that started the quest and sent you to the Expert crafter. I thought this was changed so you could get the quest from either the Novice or Expert crafter, but could be mistaken about that.
"Everyone's got one. Better to be a smart one than a dumb one." - me
"It's people like you that [I]think[/I] you know everything that give those of us that [I]do[/I] a bad name." - me
"Eat, drink, and be Merry, 'cause Pippin was a fool of a Took."