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. Scroll down to learn more.

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    Sheryl Singer
    10/25/2021 - Google

    We called Down to Earth on somewhat short notice. They were friendly and accommodating to our requests. First time we had ever hired a home chef and already have them lined up for another family gathe... read more

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    Sid Stafford
    8/17/2021 - Google

    I hired David for my wife's 50th Birthday Party and all I can say is "Wow!" He and his assistant Marissa made me look good that's for sure. Our guests were raving about the food all night and into the... read more

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    Sarah Holcombe
    8/17/2021 - Google

    Wow... it's hard to even know where to start. We hired Down to Earth Cuisine for our 30-person wedding and Chef David and his team absolutely blew us away with their care, professionalism and attentio... read more

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    Hilarie Aitken
    8/16/2021 - Google

    Hired Down to Earth team to cater our family vacation! It was so nice to be on vacation and not have to worry about cooking or cleaning. And...the food was awesome! They were very accommodating and ... read more

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    Kevin B.
    5 star rating
    8/16/2021 - Yelp

    Chef David is a wizard in the kitchen! And if you are lucky enough to witness his magic, he'll enliven each chop, mix, and sauté with engaging conversation. He prepared three separate meals for me--... read more

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    Zachary Abrams
    8/02/2021 - Google

    Chef David was fantastic! Made a great meal for us and was very accommodating for our timing and menu wishes. I would book him again on a return trip!

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    Zachary A.
    5 star rating
    8/02/2021 - Yelp

    Chef David was fantastic! Made a great meal for us and was very accommodating for our timing and menu wishes. I would book him again on a return trip!

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    Miranda Durst
    7/16/2021 - Google

    We hired Chef Thomas for a family centered elopement dinner in the North Cascades with a rehearsal dinner and day after family brunch. We could not have been more happy with our experience! Thomas and... read more

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    Kailyn Elliott
    7/06/2021 - Google

    Absolutely fantastic!

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 + the cost of 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:
Preparation Fee + Cost of Ingredients = Total Weekly Meal Price.


Preparation 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

Cost of Ingredients

We can work within your preferences and budget when shopping for ingredients for your meals. If you have specific ingredients, brands, and items you like just let us know. Since the cost of ingredients can vary greatly depending on number of meals per week, number of people eating, menu choices, and other factors, we can't provide fixed pricing or estimates for cost of ingredients. We can also pick up other things you need at the store to help you avoid weekly grocery trips. Let us know what your needs are and we can accommodate them.

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 $125 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
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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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