Hello world! I am Laura Taylor, The Dinner Whisperer. I tame the raw ingredients of your meals into flavorful home-style dishes that satisfy you heart and soul. You may be familiar with the concept of an animal whisperer as someone who sees into the soul of an animal and communes with its spirit. I connect with your food to bring it to life in ways that nourish your life.
But wait, there s’more (pun intended). The Dinner Whisperer is a travel chef available for hire wherever you live and wherever you vacation. As your vacation chef, I will beckon your body out of bed with the aromas of a scrumptious breakfast and an invigorating cup of coffee. You’ll enjoy each day’s adventures with the peace of mind knowing that an inviting meal awaits your return. I’ll even pack your snacks to-go and welcome you home with refreshing drinks.
Additionally, I’ve been known to serve up fabulous winemaker dinners in the Northwest. Each event is customized to the winery’s environment to showcase their wines beautifully in a multi-course meal.
I LOVE to travel to explore different parts of the U.S. and of the world. Travel represents an opportunity to meet new people, learn new customs, and open your mind to different ways of living. It would bring me such joy to enrich your travel experiences with my culinary skills and food finesse.
To be a part of this semi-secret dinner party, contact me to learn more.
Have Passport, Will Travel
All types of travel for which I’m available to serve include:
- vacationing in private residences
- business gatherings and incentive trips
- outdoor adventures
- surf trips
- cycling trips
- yacht excursions
- winter wonderland activities
- and more!
I recognize that an essential part of your travel experience is having the opportunity to savor the local cuisine. You’ll have the flexibility to dine out whenever and wherever you want. I’ll prepare breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for when you don’t eat out, and snacks you can take on-the-road while out and about. Your menus will incorporate ingredients and flavors from your destination so you can still enjoy the local flair in the comforts of your home away from home.
Compensation varies on your specific travel needs. We’ll discuss a chef fee depending on the duration of your trip and extent of service needs. Cost of travel expenses to/from destination and grocery costs while in location are additional.
About Chef Laura
Hi there! You probably want to know a little about me and why I am the one you want to serve as your private chef on your vacations.
I don’t recall my first-ever flight, however I did have a Continental Airlines (now United) mileage plan account when I was 8 years old. My family and extended family was spread amongst Texas, Maryland, and Virginia. We did the good ol’ American road trip several times over the years, driving up the East Coast to see grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Some of my favorite childhood travel memories are from family reunions in the Outer Banks of North Carolina where my dad’s side of the family would rent a 7-bedroom beach house for a week. Nothing but fun in the sun, eating out or cooking in, board games, boogie boarding, and the occasional water balloon fight.
I got bit, as they say, by the international travel bug as a 16-year old going to Europe for the first time ever with a high school group. We spent 3 weeks in a tour bus on a loop through 5 countries. At age 20, I studied abroad in fabulous Edinburgh, Scotland for a semester of college. Seven cruises in the 2000s and lots of land-based getaways continue to fuel my desire to embrace more of our planet’s beauty.
My life’s travels to date include 40 states in the U.S. and 32 countries around the world. I have been awed and inspired by breathtaking sights and lifelong memories from each destination. Food is always an integral part of my travel experience, and I am grateful for the local flavors that enrich our palates in such savory and sweet ways. Whether it’s conch fritters in the Caymans, kangaroo steak in Australia, or Sachertorte in Vienna, each taste leaves a unique impression of that particular destination. These are the types of experiences I want to create for you and your family as a traveling chef for your vacation.
Aside from being a savvy traveler and world adventurer, I bring over 20 years of foodservice experience to your table. Supposedly 10,000 hours of practice makes you an expert in any field. Whether that’s true or not, I figure I passed that mile marker a long time ago with years in hotels, restaurants, and now as a personal chef. In 2012, I started Honest to Goodness Personal Chef Services based in Seattle, Washington, which has grown to a team of 10 total employees serving multiple households each week plus special occasion home-entertaining events.
Aside from travel and food, I enjoy reading, playing with my dog Monty, gardening, hiking and snowshoeing, camping, long walks on the beach… I hail from the Houston, Texas area originally and have called Seattle home since 2006. I was an active kid involved in Girl Scouts, piano lessons, summer league swimming, soccer, volleyball, and 7 years of water polo in high school and college. At Virginia Tech, my studies included in Nutrition, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and a heaping dose of business classes.
Some fun facts of my foodie preferences:
- Margaritas: rocks, no salt, homemade simple syrup, freshly-squeezed limes
- Favorite Sandwiches: a Cuban and a Muffuletta
- Tomatoes: cooked, not raw
- Mushrooms: absolutely not! (But I’ll cook them for you)
- Favorite Celebrity Chef: Alton Brown
- Most Memorable Meal on Vacation: an exquisite! dinner at Natura in Helsinki
- Coffee: yes! living Seattle converted me to the dark side in a good way
- Signature Dishes: Tiramisu and Tres Leches (start with dessert first), Gumbo, BBQ, Northwest-Fresh cuisine. In general, honest good food.
- I eat my cereal dry without milk.
- My Style of S’mores: Gingersnap Cookies with Theo Chocolate Orange