I got my first gig as a professional chef, that means I can post in this forum. Yay for small victories. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/bounce.gif Anyhow, it's a small job for a very small kitchen, the owner took a gamble on me after I told him I was an avid home baker and I love to try/tweak recipes. He told me to keep track of my hours and expenses. But I don't think he thought that through. It took me at least 40 hours to perfect my pie recipe, I'm sure it's going to be the same here. That's $400 for a single recipe, not including the expenses. Imo, that's too much. So my question is: what is the standard wage for a recipe tester? Is it a flat rate? Do I charge for ingredients? What about the time to get ingredients? And if it's a standard recipe, nothing unusual or fancy, should I charge less? Thanks in advance for reading!