Meet Kelsey,
Founder of Pretty Healthy Foods


Kelsey Leland is a natural foods chef and holistic nutritionist. Growing up in rural Northern California in a family of farmers, Kelsey has always felt a deep connection to where food comes from, and this connection grew naturally into a passion for cooking.

In 2011, she moved to New York to attend the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, followed by Bridgeport University’s Human Nutrition master’s program. Since culinary school, Kelsey has been fortunate to cook for a diverse range of clients in New York, Los Angeles and abroad. She is thrilled that her business has now expanded to include likeminded chefs in LA and NYC. 

In addition to cooking, Kelsey has a passion for nutrition and wellness—for individual clients through her coaching work, and for the community through education. An avid Yogi, traveler and barre enthusiast, Kelsey is constantly learning and experiencing new joys of healthy living. She lives in Los Angeles with her rescue dogs, Roo and Toast, who have no dietary restrictions.



Freelance Nutritional Private Chef
New York and Los Angeles – 2012-present

Culinary Instructor
Sethi Family, Lahore, Pakistan – Summer 2016

Private Chef
Eat With Eli, health supportive private chef service – 2013-2014

Chef Instructor
City Harvest, health supportive cooking classes for children – 2013 

CakeBites NYC, award-winning vegan & gluten free cake truffle company – 2011-2014

Smorgasburg, Brooklyn’s premier outdoor food market – 2012-2013

Mas Farmhouse, NYC farm-to-table New American restaurant – 2011


MS in Human NutritionUniversity of Bridgeport – 2017

Chef's Training Program, Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts –2011

B.A., Communication
UC Santa Barbara - 2009


Our Chefs

Pretty Healthy Foods is a team of expert nutritional chefs based throughout Los Angeles and New York. A nutritional chef is someone who not only makes delicious food, but ensures it contains the very best ingredients for each client’s health. Each PHF chef has completed an accredited culinary program, up-to-date nutrition training, and a minimum of 2 years’ private cheffing experience.


Our Clients

Every PHF client cares about health--that’s the common thread. In addition, many of them have chronic conditions including food sensitivities, autoimmune conditions, weight loss goals, or medical diagnoses like cancer, heart disease or diabetes. It’s our job to create custom menus that satisfy their unique needs, while delivering the utmost in flavor and variety.

We believe that great food and nutrition has the power to change lives, and we see it happen daily with our clients.



“I was so blown away and impressed by the amazing and delicious flavor of the meals that Kelsey's incredible skills produced! She makes it fun and exciting to eat healthy!”

Graig W Private chef client in Manhattan