Friday Fun: Chef’s Apparel

We’ve already explained the significance of the traditional chef’s hat, but what about the rest of his uniform? Here are a few fun facts about a chef’s apparel:

1.  In the mid nineteenth century, Chef Marie Antoine Careme introduced the white fabric into the chef’s uniform, believing that white symbolized cleanliness and professionalism. Most chef apparel remains white to this day.

2. The double-breasted chef’s coat has a hidden purpose: as well as being distinctive and fashionable, it is also reversible, allowing for chefs to hide stains when presenting themselves.

3. The size of a chef’s hat is equivalent to rank: a sous-chef’s hat would be smaller than the head chef’s, while that of a line worker’s would be smaller than that of a sous-chef.

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