Respecting The Trade
Although there has, historically, been a great deal of esteem associated with working in the culinary world, and a chef’s uniform has always signified the respect and importance of their vocation, it’s only recently that the profession has jettisoned into a celebrity-status spotlight and chefs finally have an opportunity to acquire the public accolades that they so well deserve.
That being said, kitchen dress-code is synonymous with the trade, and it’s always good to have a healthy understanding of the benefits… and be well turned out for any eventuality.
Protect Your Assets
Working in extreme conditions, and with a myriad of factors that could create mayhem in terms of compromising one’s safety, a chef’s uniform has (aside from status) a very important purpose. Protecting yourself is an essential part of each day and the clothing you wear is imperative to this aim, so understanding the functionality of your gear goes a long way to ensuring that you are well covered at all times.
Here are the practical uses for what one should wear in the kitchen:
Chef’s hats: formally called a toque, it is designed to keep loose hair (and perspiration) from falling into the food. Originally toques had 100 folds, each said to represent a different way in which an egg may be cooked. In less formal restaurants, beanies or skull caps are worn. Toques are now also available in disposable units.
Chef’s jackets: interchangeably double breasted so that it can be reversed to hide stains, its primary function is to protect the chest and arms from heat, splashes and spills. According to custom, highly qualified chefs will wear black buttons, while apprentices generally wear white.
Chef’s trousers: essentially made for comfort, keeping cool and camouflaging stains, they are traditionally black or checkered black and white.
Neckties: are useful for absorbing perspiration, but more often worn these days as a symbol of respect for the trade.
Aprons: primarily used to prevent burns caused by accidental spills, multiple designs are available to serve different food industry disciplines, such as bar, butchery, bistro and kitchen. Pockets are often included in the various patterns so that the wearers can easily carry their respective tools.
Staying In Style
Although modern restauranteering has encouraged the introduction of colour into chef’s uniforms… there’s a certain refinement in staying with tradition. At BCE we have a wide range of items to choose from… in classic black and white.