Seattle Personal Chef Pricing

Down to Earth Cuisine uses a simple, transparent pricing model
We have different pricing for Weekly Meal Prep, Prepared Meal Delivery, and Private Dinner Service. If you have any questions or special requests, please call us at (206) 859-1353 and Chef/Owner David Boyd will be happy to assist.


How Much is a Personal Chef in Seattle?

Some personal chefs charge by the hour for their time. This typically ranges from $65-75 per hour in the Seattle area. That fee typically doesn’t include the cost of shopping for ingredients or the cost of ingredients themselves. While we have charged hourly in the past, we prefer not to do that because of all the variables involved.

The types of dishes you choose, your kitchen setup, time spent shopping, menu planning, and traffic that day can all dramatically change the price you pay each week when paying hourly. We don’t want any of those factors to discourage you from eating delicious, healthy food. That’s why we’ve adapted a simple, predictable flat pricing for our services.

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    Gabe Lemon
    8/25/2020 - Google

    So my family and I went to go visit our friends in Washington . I wanted to set up a surprise for our hosts . Called Dave(Down to Earth Cuisine) and he was able to work some things out and get somethi... read more

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    Courtney F.
    5 star rating
    8/23/2020 - Yelp

    Our friends came into town to visit and surprised us with an amazing 7 course dinner from David! Not only did all the food look great, it tasted amazing! We loved being introduced to new foods/combina... read more

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    Mike Brickman
    8/17/2020 - Google

    David and team were truly incredible. They did a 7 course tasting menu complete with wine pairing suggestions. They were fun to be around and the food was exceptional. David was easy to coordinate wit... read more

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    John Costello
    6/30/2020 - Google

    I purchased a private dinner with David for my wife and I for her birthday. The entire experience was wonderful from beginning to end. We discussed the desired menu including speciality items like duc... read more

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    J Dennerline
    3/21/2020 - Google

    David created a wonderful culinary sensation for my family! We chose a creole theme and the dishes that he picked were over the top good! David and his team were very friendly and attentive to making ... read more

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    Kristin Thorsness
    2/21/2020 - Google

    We had a David come to my parents' house for a cooking lesson/4-course meal to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday and it was one of the best family parties we've had. David was knowledgeable, easy to ta... read more

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    Malini Balakrishnan
    1/21/2020 - Google

    We’ve have used David and Down To Earth’s services for 1 and a half years so far. They are outstanding! Always willing to take into account our preferences and needs, very easy to work with, amazing f... read more

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    Amanda Twiss
    1/21/2020 - Google

    Down to Earth Cuisine just did a fantastic multi-course Christmas Eve dinner for my party of 24. This was our first experience with David and his team--and we are admittedly a tough audience--we've b... read more

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    Malini B.
    5 star rating
    1/07/2020 - Yelp

    We've have used David and Down To Earth's services for 1 and a half years so far. They are outstanding! Always willing to take into account our preferences and needs, very easy to work with, a... read more

Weekly Meal Service Pricing

Weekly home meal preparation is our most popular service. The cost of a personal chef for the home in Seattle is $300 - 450 per week plus ingredients. This breaks down to $15 - 50 per meal per person. Our weekly meal service includes a professional chef designing a menu specific to your preferences, shopping for ingredients, meal prep at your home, packaging with reheating instructions, cleanup, and travel.

Our pricing model is simple: Cost of ingredients + Preparation fee = Total Price.

Total Service Fee

Number of People 3 Meals 4 Meals 5 Meals
2 People $300 $350 $400
4 People $325 $375 $425
6 People $350 $400 $450

Prepared Meal Delivery Pricing

This service has been extremely popular since COVID started. Prepared meal delivery works the same way as weekly meal service, the differences being:

  • We prepare your meals in our sanitized commercial kitchen
  • We use compostable packaging
  • We provide contact-free delivery

Our pricing for this service is the same as the weekly meal service pricing above, with the addition of a $50 delivery charge to cover our commercial kitchen time, packaging materials, and carbon footprint associated with delivery.


Private Dinner Service Pricing


You can hire a chef for a private dinner party or special event in the Seattle area.

This service includes menu design & planning, shopping for ingredients, meal preparation at your home, presentation of each course to your guests, packaging leftovers and cleanup. We offer wine pairing suggestions as well.

Our pricing is all inclusive at $100 per guest for a 3-course meal, with an 8 guest minimum. We can add additional courses for $25 per course per guest.

Is Hiring a Personal Chef Worth it?

If you’ve read this far, chances are you want to know if it’s worth it. We’ll let you be the judge of that. Consider these 4 parts when deciding if a personal chef is worth the investment:

  1. Current meal cost
  2. Your time
  3. Dietary needs
  4. Quality of meals

Your current meal costs

Add up your average monthly costs for the 3 categories below:

  1. How much do you spend eating out at restaurants?
  2. How much do you spend on takeout and food delivery services?
  3. How much do you spend on groceries when you cook at home?

How much time do you spend preparing meals

You know the saying, time is money! Most of our clients spend 10-12 hours a week on the 3 categories below. How much would you pay to get this time back in your week?

  1. Time spent planning meals, coming up with new ideas can be challenging
  2. Time spent shopping, avoiding crowded markets and traffic can be worth it alone
  3. Time spent preparing the meals
  4. Time spent packaging leftover
  5. Time spent cleaning, let's face it who wants to clean?

Is your current meal plan meeting your dietary needs?

Eating properly can have a dramatic impact on your health. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have trouble meeting your diet when doing takeout and eating out?
  2. Do you have enough time to cook wholesome meals at home?
  3. Do your family members have different preferences that result in someone’s dietary needs suffering?
  4. Do you not feel so great when eating out? Having meals prepared from organic products can greatly benefit your overall well being.

Are you tired of eating the same things?

Here’s another saying - do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

We love designing creative menus, offering personalized suggestions, and seeing the excitement in your eyes when you give us feedback. Hiring a personal chef means you’ll never get bored of having the same meals ever again. Every day you’ll experience incredible flavors and textures, curated specifically to your palette. Hiring a personal chef will truly change the way you live and think about food.

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