A Brief Guide To Chef Wear
Hundreds of years old and steeped in tradition, the Chef’s uniform is iconic. Typically used to establish a hierarchy in the kitchen, today, chef wear is an important factor in ensuring safety, comfort and durability. Here, we take a closer look at the key components of a Chef’s uniform, highlighting their important functions.
Arguably the most famous component of chef attire is the hat, otherwise known as the ‘toque’. A chef’s toque is designed to allow for the circulation of air above the head, thus providing an outlet for heat. This will keep you cool in the kitchen, whilst the design itself prevents hair from falling into food and sweat dripping down the face. Chef’s toques are tall because they are meant to represent the kitchen hierarchy, therefore the head chef will wear the tallest hat in the kitchen.
A chef’s jacket must be able to withstand heat, flames and heavy-duty use for extended periods of time, thus requiring practicality that allows for further protection against accidents. Consider the materials, weight, style and colour, what protections do they offer? Does the style represent your restaurant? It’s important to balance practicality, protection and aesthetics. Though white jackets are considered traditional, for many restaurants and hoteliers, black has become an increasingly popular choice for chef wear.
Finding a pair of trousers that are comfortable, durable and breathable is imperative when working in the kitchen. After all, no one wants to be stuck on a long, extremely hot and sweaty shift when you’re uncomfortable, or your restriction is limited. Being comfortable and mobile in the kitchen is vitally important to the well-being of your staff.
To offer yourself even further protection against the dangers of heat and flames in the kitchen, consider wearing an apron. Aprons, whether full body or half aprons, protect against spills and extreme heat sources, helping to improve your overall safety. Aprons can even be fitted with pockets, which will improve your practicality too, with a place to store pens, tools, towels or anything else you may need.
Possibly the most important component of any outfit, but especially in a kitchen where you will need to be mobile and on your feet most of the day, wearing appropriate footwear is essential in both comfort and protection. A solid pair of shoes with little give will cause serious pain, rubbing and potential blisters, whilst a pair of shoes with an unsuitable tread could easily result in slips, trips and falls. This makes comfortable non-slip shoes an absolute must.
At Johnsons Restaurant & Catering Linen By London Linen, we provide a comprehensive range of chef wear perfectly tailored to the needs of those working in busy kitchens. We have taken into consideration elements such as comfort, functionality, temperature, choice, design and safety. We have then strived to source products that excel in all these areas for our valued customers. To find out more contact us today.