Seattle Personal Chef Pricing

Down to Earth Cuisine uses a simple, transparent pricing model
We have different pricing models for Weekly Meal Prep 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.

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How Much is a Personal Chef in Seattle?

Most personal chefs charge by the hour for their time. This ranges from $75-125 per hour in the Seattle area. Our fee for personal chef service is $95 per hour.

Meal Preparation

Depending on the number of meals, portions per meal, and number of people we're cooking for, it can take anywhere from 3.5 to 6.5 hours in the kitchen preparing your meals.

Menu Design & Shopping

Personal chefs also spend 1 to 1.5 hours outside the kitchen on menu planning and shopping for ingredients.


That other major factor is the cost of the ingredients, which can vary from $60 - $130 per week depending on your number of meals, menu choice, and whether you prefer shopping at a high-end, organic grocery store vs a typical grocery store.

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 $175 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?

You only have 24 hours in a day. Spend it doing what you love, with the ones you love and don't waste a drop of a second doing anything else. Time is too precious.

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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