Most food establishments, whether they are fast food outlets, fancy restaurants, or commercial catering companies, have a preference when it comes to the type and style of chef attire that they require their employees to wear. Therefore, it is advisable to discuss with your employer, the chef or the kitchen manager, your particular requirements before purchasing your uniform. There was a time when it was easy to distinguish the different chefs in a kitchen just by their hats, the most veteran chef would always have the highest hat and the size of the hats would be reduced in order of rank.
Many modern commercial kitchens have become more flexible with their chefs’ outfits in recent years, the well-known “Touge Blanche” (white top hat in French) is now not necessarily mandatory for all chefs everywhere.
Each piece of the traditional chef costume has a specific purpose; Every detail, from design to fabric, is not just for display or aesthetics, but primarily for safety and hygiene.
Your checklist of what it takes
- Touch Blanche is the most popular and is designed to keep your hair out of your face and safe, as well as allowing good air flow to keep you cool.
- Skullcap it is ideal for short hair and reaches the ears
- The mafia cap It is designed to cover your entire hairline and has an elastic opening to allow all of your hair to be tucked inside.
- A hairnet some and health authorities prefer that all employees wear hairnets as they make sure their hair is under control
The traditional chef coat was always white to emphasize cleanliness, but many establishments have now chosen to break with tradition and use different colors such as black, dark blue, gray or colors that match the company brand. The pants are now also available in different colors and patterns instead of the traditional black and white plaid.
In a commercial kitchen, there are many hazards, from steam to gas flames to hot ovens. A chef jacket is made from flame retardant double thickness cotton, the fabric is designed with safety in mind to protect your body
A handkerchief or tie helps protect skin from dripping perspiration, which can be a problem in hot kitchens.
A good quality apron is a must as it will provide additional protection and also help keep the uniform clean. Most will have sturdy pockets for storing your most used kitchen utensils.
When you know the color and style of chef pants used in your kitchen, choose ones that are loose and baggy to support your mobility and provide adequate ventilation.
It is very important to have footwear that is comfortable and durable, that protects your feet from possible spills that can be hot and sometimes heavy, as well as strong enough to provide protection against falling sharp objects. The shoes should support your feet, as you will likely be standing in the kitchen for 8-12 hours a day.
Knives and equipment
It is normal for chefs as professionals to have their own basic equipment, such as a range of knives and sharpening equipment, as well as kitchen shears, straps, and carving forks.
When you see someone in a cool and fresh chef uniform, it gives the feeling that they are competent and serious about their career. All necessary high-quality equipment is available from your local catering equipment supplier.