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How to Choose Chef’s Pants

Shelling out valuable money for anything these days need careful consideration.  In order to lessen the chances of buying an unsuitable pair, here are our guidelines in how to choose the right kind of chef’s pants.

While it is true that the chef’s uniform is a way to add prestige to the chef’s profession, it is also important to note that each aspect of the outfit was carefully planned out to make it more functional.  White was the chosen color of the chef’s coat to signify cleanliness, the chef’s hat to indicate the rank, and the apron was added to protect the chef’s coat from being splattered with food stains.  In the same manner, chef’s pants were also designed functionally – created based on practical reasons rather than fashionable.  So how do we choose the right chef’s pants to buy?  The things to be considered when buying chef’s pants are convenience, quality, functionality and design.


It is very important that the quality of your chef’s pants is outstanding.  You wouldn’t want to continually replace your chef’s uniform throughout the year, so it would be best to choose a sturdy, long-lasting material.  Twill, polyester and cotton are popular choices for durability. A new revolutionary material has recently come up, the new spun polyester clothing material, whose appearance, breathe and texture is like pure cotton, but does not stain like one.   It is non-shrinkable, and is wrinkle resistant.  Make sure to get warranties when you buy chef’s pants.


In choosing these kinds of pants, vogue and fashion is thrown out the window as you focus more on the convenience of the user.   Convenience is one of the things to be considered when you choose chef pants.  The trousers are loose and flowing, to give chefs freedom to move around the kitchen.  They continuously turn, bend, lift and move things, and it wouldn’t do if the trousers are tight and fitted.  The cotton (or the cotton-like spun poly) material is cooler than other materials, allowing the body to breathe through the clothing.  Needless to say, the pants should be more relaxed and comfortable for the greater ease of the chef.


Somewhat connected to convenience, the functionality of the chef’s pants is essential to make life easier for the cook to work in his turf.  Large pockets are necessary to store cooking tools, towels or sometimes, food.  The clothing material (cotton or spun polyester) is supposed to insulate the body from the heat of the cooking devices that the chef is exposed to.  It is also supposed to protect the lower half of the body from any splatters of hot liquids while the chef is cooking.  Although zipper pants are now widely used, some still find tie-waists or elastic waists to be more functional.


Another factor to consider when you choose chef’s pants is design.  When the chef’s uniform was created, the chef’s pants were designed in checkered black and white pattern.  The design was chosen to camouflage stains and spills, and at the same time make the chef look presentable in cases where he would be called to the guests’ or his master’s table.  The colors of the chef’s pants often signify the rank – working cooks wear checkered pants (black and white or blue and white) while the head chef uses plain black pants.  Style could be baggy or cargo, as these styles is deemed to be unrestricting and comfortable.

Just like everything else, we can expect a gradual evolution of chef’s pants.  But for now, these are the top pointers that would guide you on how to choose your own set of chef’s pants.