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Mastering the Chef’s Coat: How to Properly Wear It

Mastering the Chef's Coat: How to Properly Wear It - Smart Hospitality Supplies

The chef’s jacket isn’t merely a piece of chef wear but represents proficiency and professionalism in restaurants worldwide. Culinary experts commonly wear the chef’s jacket and exude an air of expertise and attention to detail. Yet, wearing them correctly requires more than just putting them on, so let’s take a quick look at how to wear a chef coat professionally.

The Anatomy of Chef’s Coat/Jacket

Before discussing how to wear chef jackets, we must familiarise ourselves with their various components. A typical chef’s coat consists of the following elements:

Chef Works Grey Unisex Chefs Jacket

SKU: A934
Availability: Next Day
£31.11 ex VAT
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£31.11 ex VAT

Chef Works has created this contemporary and practically designed 3/4 length sleeved jacket, for men and women.

Chef Works has created this contemporary and practically designed 3/4 length sleeved jacket, for men and women.

Chef Works Le Mans White Chefs Jacket

SKU: A371
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£25.62£26.60 ex VAT
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£25.62£26.60 ex VAT

This practical chef’s jacket is long sleeved, which gives added protection in a commercial kitchen environment, but can be rolled up for personalised comfort.

This practical chef's jacket is long sleeved, which gives added protection in a commercial kitchen environment, but can be rolled up for personalised comfort.

Chef Works Lime Unisex Chefs Jacket

SKU: B107
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£29.28 ex VAT
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£29.28 ex VAT

This lime Chef Works unisex chef’s jacket presents a contemporary and practical look that stands out in any commercial kitchen.

This lime Chef Works unisex chef's jacket presents a contemporary and practical look that stands out in any commercial kitchen.

Chef Works Red Unisex Chefs Jacket

SKU: B106
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£23.79£29.28 ex VAT
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Looking to add some colour to your uniform? This bright red chefs jacket from Colour by Chef Works is perfect for injecting a burst of vibrant colour into your kitchen uniform.

Looking to add some colour to your uniform? This bright red chefs jacket from Colour by Chef Works is perfect for injecting a burst of vibrant colour into your kitchen uniform.

Chef Works Womens Springfield Black Zip Chefs Jacket

SKU: BB051
Availability: 2-3 Weeks
£33.85 ex VAT
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With a sleeve pocket for your phone or notepad for taking orders, and Cool Vent™ side seams that help you keep you cool when working in hot kitchens and food preparation areas, the women’s Springfield chefs jacket is perfect for you.

With a sleeve pocket for your phone or notepad for taking orders, and Cool Vent™ side seams that help you keep you cool when working in hot kitchens and food preparation areas, the women's Springfield chefs jacket is perfect for you.

What does the term “Double-Breasted Front” mean?

The double-breasted front of a chef’s coat serves a functional and aesthetic purpose. With its unique design, the coat can be reversed, allowing the wearer to maintain a clean appearance even if one side gets stained during culinary tasks. By crossing the right panel over the left and aligning the buttons, the double-breasted style adds a sense of symmetry and professionalism to the overall look of the chef’s uniform.

What is the Mandarin Collar?

The mandarin collar, also known as a stand-up collar, is a defining feature of a chef’s coat. It protects the neck from heat and potential spills in the kitchen. This collar style adds a layer of functionality and imparts a touch of sophistication to the chef’s attire. By standing upright against the back of the neck, the mandarin collar complements the overall design of the coat while providing practical benefits.

Why do chefs wear long sleeves?

The long sleeves of a chef’s coat serve dual purposes in the kitchen. They offer protection from hot liquids, flames, and sharp objects commonly encountered during cooking tasks. The sleeves shield the arms from potential hazards by extending to the wrists, ensuring the wearer’s safety. The long sleeves contribute to the professional appearance of chefs and culinary experts. They convey a sense of expertise and attention to detail, enhancing the overall image of the kitchen.

How do you pick the right Chef Jacket size?

Proper sizing is crucial for comfort and functionality. A chef’s coat should fit well without being too tight or loose. Consider the following factors when selecting the proper size:

Shoulder fit

The shoulder seams should align with your natural shoulder line, ensuring ease of movement while preventing any restrictions. Many chefs avoid coats with shoulder seams that extend beyond your shoulders, as they can impede your range of motion.

Sleeve length

The sleeves should extend to your wrists, allowing free movement without exposing your arms during cooking tasks. Also, ensure the sleeves are not excessively long, as they may hinder the kitchen.

Body length

The coat should be long enough to cover your torso, providing adequate coverage and protection. However, it should not be excessively long, which may hinder mobility. Aim for a length that falls just below the waistline.

Materials

Chef jackets can be made of various materials, like synthetics, poly-cotton and cotton chef jackets. Consider how the material might affect the fit. For example, jackets made of stretchy materials might offer more flexibility and thus fit a bit more snuggly, while rigid materials might require a looser fit.

Wearing and buttoning up tips

Properly wearing and buttoning up a chef’s coat is essential for a polished chef uniform. Follow these steps:

  1. Start with a clean coat – Ensure your chef’s coat is freshly laundered, well-pressed, and stain-free.
  2. Buttoning Order – Begin by aligning the right panel over the left. Start from the top and work your way down, securing each button. This buttoning style ensures a neat, symmetrical appearance.
  3. Buttoned or unbuttoned? – It is customary to keep the coat fully buttoned in the kitchen. But it is acceptable to unbutton the coat during short breaks or outside the kitchen, showing professionalism while maintaining comfort.

Personalising your Chef’s Coat

While the traditional white and black chef’s coat remains timeless. Here are some ways to add your personal touch:

Embroidery

Embroider your name or initials on the front or sleeve of the coat. It adds a touch of personalisation and helps identify your coat, among others. Choose a contrasting thread colour against the white or coloured fabric.

Colour accents

Opt for coloured trim along the collar, cuffs, or buttons to add a subtle pop of colour while maintaining professionalism. This customisation option allows you to express individuality while adhering to the dress code.

Customised buttons

Replace standard buttons with ones that showcase your personality, such as engraved or unique designs. These small details can significantly impact the overall aesthetic of your chef’s coat.

Mastering the art of wearing a chef’s coat is more than just a matter of appearance

To showcase your expertise in the kitchen, it is crucial to have a thorough understanding of the anatomy of a coat, carefully select the appropriate size, and follow proper methods for both wearing and buttoning. This attention to detail will enhance your appearance and demonstrate your dedication and professionalism in the culinary industry.

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