Chefs, today, come with more than just culinary skills – they have a whole wardrobe designed for them as this profession has come into the forefront with people realizing just how much they appreciate and value good food. Being a chef involves owning chef coats, jackets and hats. These articles of clothing do not just cater to fashion but also serve the useful purpose of protecting the chef from heat and dirt.
Chef coats give you a feeling of professionalism. People tend to take you more seriously when you don a uniform! There is a certain aura around people in identical attire – as if they are there to serve a unique and valuable purpose. And that enables you to perform your role as a chef in a convincing and winning manner.
What Chef Coats Look Like:
• The design of chef coats has changed with time. They are available in various sizes, patterns, colors and price range. But for the most part, you have double-breasted coats with two rows of buttons and long sleeves – for added protection and hygiene.
• Most chef coats are white in color to symbolize cleanliness and purity. On the other hand, the darker ones do a better job of camouflaging dirt or grease.
• Butchers’ coats are long and full-sleeved to guard against staining.
• Coats are specifically tailored for men and women or unisex coats are also available depending on your preference.
• Colors add personality and vibrancy to the ambience. So you may choose a different color from white to spice up the kitchen!
Some Requisites of Chef Coats:
o They are more elegant when they are gender-specific. Women’s chef coats can be made to suit a woman’s figure. This will fit her much better than if she wore an over-sized one designed for a man’s body.
o Coats should safeguard the chef from heat. Chefs work with hot liquids and oils and therefore burns are occupational hazards. The double-breasted jackets can protect the chef from splattering liquids.
o Coats should be at least partially cotton. Since chefs spend most of their time in hot conditions – in the kitchen – cotton chef coats would be most practical and comfortable. The pores allow free passage of air in hot and humid surroundings.
o It should be easy to maintain. Blending your cotton coats with polyester can enable it to last longer as cotton shrinks on repeated washing. Polyester, on the other hand, does not require ironing. For a chef coat, washing and ironing will be a daily task and so the fabric of the coat should be thick enough to withstand it.
o The garment should not be too expensive as it is likely to sustain stains and patches of food every day; still, it should look presentable. Some customers may want to compliment the chef and a shabby-looking staff would definitely present the wrong image.
Your managers and customers are going to take notice when their chefs are dressed in their smart and snazzy chef jackets! Appreciation from both parties will go a long way in forwarding your career. Just like the best schools are the private ones that demand that students dress in uniform, the best restaurants present their employees in uniform; and well-groomed chefs wear chef coats.