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Le Chef de l’Hôtel Chatham, Paris [Eugène « Chester » Grossriether]
Everyone knows that chefs are wearing uniforms. The traditional chef’s uniform (or chef’s whites) includes a toque blanche (traditional hat), white double-breasted jacket, pants in a black-and-white houndstooth pattern, and apron. It is a common occupational uniform in the Western world.

The toque is a chef’s hat that dates back to the 16th century. Different heights may indicate rank within a kitchen, and they are designed to prevent hair from falling into the food when cooking. The 100 folds of the toque are said to represent the many different ways a chef knows to cook an egg.

In more traditional restaurants, especially traditional French restaurants, the white chef’s coat is standard and considered part of a traditional uniform and as a practical chef’s garment. Most serious chefs wear white coats to signify the importance and high regard of their profession. The thick cotton cloth protects from the heat of stove and oven and protects from splattering of boiling liquids. The double breasted jacket is used to add protection to the wearer’s chest and stomach area from burns from splashing liquids. This can also be reversed to hide stains. Knotted cloth buttons were used to survive frequent washing and contact with hot items. White is intended to signify cleanliness as well as repelling heat from the kitchen and is generally worn by highly visible head chefs. Senior kitchen staff are also identified by their black trousers. Increasingly, other colours, such as black are becoming popular as well.

The long, wide chef’s apron provides many advantages. It is primarily worn for safety purposes. Should hot liquid spill over the Chef as he is carrying it, the apron will take the main impact and can be quickly removed to get it away from the under garments and legs. The apron is worn long to just below the knee to protect the upper part of the legs. Traditionally, the purpose of the apron was also to protect the wearer’s garments from food stains and smells. It also used to provide a convenient cloth with which to wipe messy hands or to dry washed hands, although this would be considered unhygienic now. Sometimes, an apron will contain pockets, enabling a chef to easily carry the tools of his trade.

These embellishments of uniform also serve as an indicator between the bounds of salaried, and casual or part-time staff.

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Chef Jackets

Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Traditional Poly-Cotton - XSChef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Traditional Poly-Cotton – XS – $41.45
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Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Traditional Poly-Cotton – S – $41.45
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Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Traditional Poly-Cotton – 2X – $43.70
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Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Traditional Poly-Cotton – 3X – $45.90
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Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Traditional Poly-Cotton – 4X – $48.15
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Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Traditional Poly-Cotton – 5X – $50.40
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Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Traditional Poly-Cotton – 6X – $52.60
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Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Traditional Poly-Cotton – 7X – $54.85
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Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Traditional Poly-Cotton – 8X – $57.10
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Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Traditional Poly-Cotton – M – $41.45
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Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Traditional Poly-Cotton – L – $41.45
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Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Traditional Poly-Cotton – XL – $41.45
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Chef Revival Classic Chef Jacket 100% Cotton Twill – $34.95
Chef Revival’s classic jacket is truly a ‘classic’ with its traditional double-breasted styling and 12 dressed-up push-through stud buttons. 6.5 oz. 100% Cotton Twill. View Size Chart

Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket QC2000 Poly-Cotton, Chef-Logo Button  $43.50

Chef Revival’s Knife & Steel is the true work-horse in chef apparel.  When it comes to durability, comfort, and overall value, Knife and Steel, as the name implies, will work hard for you and your operation.  When it comes to performance, there is only one “Knife & Steel.” View Size Chart   Thermometer/pen pocket Drop-down shoulder construction Back yoke construction Stain release fiber

Chef Revival Brigade Jacket QC2000 Poly-Cotton – $66.45

Chef Revival’s Brigade jacket is the essence of elegance, with its distinctive styling and unmatched comfort. A perfect choice for the sophisticated chef. View Size Chart 7 oz QC2000® poly-cotton Black piping detail throughout Left chest welt pocket Thermometer/pen pocket Black push-through button

Chef Revival Black Cuisinier Jacket Cotton – $68.30

Chef Revival’s Cuisinier style jackets are the benchmark in chef coats design. They include traditional Mandarin collars, back yoke, and drop-down shoulder construction. Enjoy the thermometer/pen pocket on the sleeve and 12 neat cloth covered buttons. View Size Chart   Hand Wash or Dry Clean.

Chef Revival Black Traditional Jacket Short-Sleeve QC Lite Poly-Cotton – $63.40

Chef Revival’s traditional chef jackets are the perfect choice for the hard working chef who requires a lightweight yet strong and durable fabric. Designed with back yoke and drop-shoulder features for added movement and comfort. Includes a thermometer/pen pocket and 10 flat sewn plastic buttons. View Size Chart

Chef Revival Corporate Jacket with Black Piping QC2000 Poly-Cotton – $66.45

Chef Revival’s Corporate Jacket is stylishly crafted with luxurious fabrics for ultimate softness and comfort. The perfect choice for the executive chef whose highly diverse work schedule from the kitchen to gala dinners, public appearances, and corporate affairs demands the very best. View Size Chart   12 Cloth-Covered Buttons Cross-Collar Neckline Dropped Shoulder Design Thermometer/Pen Pocket Hand Wash or Dry Clean

Chef Revival Black Traditional Jacket QC Lite Poly-Cotton – XS – $65.30

Chef Revival’s traditional chef jackets are the perfect choice for the hard working chef who requires a lightweight yet strong and durable fabric. Designed with back yoke and drop-shoulder features for added movement and comfort. Includes a thermometer/pen pocket and 10 flat sewn plastic buttons. View Size Chart

Chef Jacket Plastic Buttons White –  $18.00

Made of 65/35 Poly/Cotton twill fabric No need for ironing Double Breasted Chefs Coat with Plastic Buttons Color: White

Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Short-Sleeve Poly-Cotton  $38.40 – 47.35

Chef Revival’s Knife & Steel is the true work-horse in chef apparel.  When it comes to durability, comfort, and overall value, Knife and Steel as the name implies, will work hard for you and your operation.  When it comes to performance, there is only one “Knife & Steel.” View Size Chart   Thermometer/pen pocket Drop-down shoulder construction Back yoke construction Stain release fiber

Chef Revival Knife & Steel Jacket Short-Sleeve – Black – Poly-Cotton, Medium – $38.40

Chef Revival’s Knife & Steel Collection is the true work-horse in chef apparel.  When it comes to durability, comfort, and overall value, Knife and Steel, as the name implies, will work hard for you and your operation.  When it comes to performance, there is only one “Knife & Steel.” View Size Chart   Thermometer/pen pocket Drop-down shoulder construction Back yoke construction Stain release fiber

Chef Revival Cuisinier Jacket QC2000 Poly-Cotton Blend –– $66.05

Chef Revival’s Cuisinier style jackets are the benchmark in chef coats design. They include traditional Mandarin collars, back yoke, and drop-down shoulder construction.  Enjoy the thermometer/pen pocket on the sleeve and 12 neat cloth covered buttons. View Size Chart   Hand Wash or Dry Clean.

Chef Revival Antique Blue Denim Cuisinier Jacket – Cotton – $39.95

Chef Revival’s Cuisinier style jackets are the benchmark in chef coats design. They include traditional Mandarin collars, back yoke, and drop-down shoulder construction. Enjoy the thermometer/pen pocket on the sleeve and 12 neat cloth covered buttons. View Size Chart   Hand Wash or Dry Clean.

Chef Revival Metro Jacket QC2000 Poly-Cotton Size 3X – $34.95

Chef Revival’s Metro jacket is designed to offer exceptional comfort with a modern flair. With its hidden snap closures and drop shoulder design,  this is a perfect choice for a casual theme environment. View Size Chart   7 oz. QC2000 Poly-Cotton Hidden snap closures Thermometer/pen pocket Black trim shoulder panel

Chef Revival Cuisinier Jacket Ladies QC2000 Poly-Cotton – 50.00-$86.95

Chef Revival’s Cuisinier style jackets are the benchmark in chef coats design. They include traditional Mandarin collars, back yoke, and has a tapered fit. Enjoy the thermometer/pen pocket on the sleeve and 12 neat cloth covered buttons. View Size Chart   Hand Wash or Dry Clean.

Winco Black Chef Jacket  – $17.50

Winco Black Chef Jacket This long-sleeved chef jacket is double breasted with a pen / thermometer pocket. The 65/35 poly-cotton blend makes this shirt lightweight and comfortable. High performance poly-cotton absorb moisture better than other fabrics, spreading it through the fibers for faster drying, and help keep the wearer cooler in hot kitchen environments. Double breasted with pocket 65/35 poly-cotton blend Machine Wash

Winco White Chef Jacket 2XL – $18.00

Winco White Chef Jacket This long-sleeved chef jacket is double breasted with a pen / thermometer pocket. The 65/35 poly-cotton blend makes this shirt lightweight and comfortable. High performance poly-cotton absorb moisture better than other fabrics, spreading it through the fibers for faster drying, and help keep the wearer cooler in hot kitchen environments. Double breasted with pocket 65/35 poly-cotton blend Machine Wash

Winco Black Short Sleeve Chef Shirt – Small – $13.95

Winco Black Short Sleeve Chef Shirt This shirt features a chest pocket and snap buttons The 65/35 poly-cotton blend makes this shirt lightweight and comfortable Poly-cotton absorbs moisture better than other fabrics, for faster drying Black Machine Wash

Chef Shirts


Pinnacle Textile S102 Kitchen Shirt Extra Length, Black –  $14.80

Pinnacle Textile S102 Kitchen Shirt Extra Length, Black This 2-inch-longer Basic Kitchen Shirt is made of a lightweight, cool and durable American 65% polyester / 35% cotton poplin fabric. The easy-care convertible collar, pucker-free front facing and wrinkle resistant finish make this shirt a top pick for the value-minded customer. Using grippers to guard against dislodged buttons, this shirt is perfect for food handling. Stands up to industrial wash. 4.5 oz. poplin 65% polyester/35% combed cotton Pre-cured durable press 5 grippers to neck One-piece convertible collar Left breast pocket Straight body and full cut for room to work in Stainless steel rust-proof snaps Old Eagle code SHKY2DC


Kitchen Shirt White, Snap Front – $12.50

Made of 65/35 Poly/Cotton twill fabric No need for ironing Color: White


Kitchen Shirt Dark Brown – $8.00

32-inch-long shirt with 16-inch-long sleeves (medium sleeve length). A close-up image shows the label and also a section of the cloth, its dark brown color better displayed.  An obsolete item, available here in limited quantity, of the Fashion Seal/Martin’s/Appel Uniform line of Superior Surgical Mfg Co, a.k.a. Superior Uniform Group.

Chef Hat – Toque

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Chef Hat, 13″, Cotton/Poly Blend –  $3.50
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Cellucap CC209 Le Classic White Paper 9″ Chef Hat – 9″: 12 Pieces – $15.95

This chef hat is closed at the top except for a 2 inch star-shaped hole in the center. Demonstrating professionalism and experience, chef hats are a staple in most kitchens. Taller hats reflect greater experience. The number of pleats on a hat originally represented the number of ways a chef could prepare an egg. While that criterion may be old-fashioned, this chef hat is not. Designed for both fashion and form, it provides a comfortable fit and effective barrier protection. The air-vent system in the crown of this paper hat ensures cool comfort, while a self-adjusting property guarantees a one-size-fits-all correct fit. Contains a sweatband. Packed fully formed.


Cellucap CC209 Le Classic White Paper 9″ Chef Hat – 12″: 10 Pieces – $16.75

This chef hat is closed at the top except for a 2 inch star-shaped hole in the center. Demonstrating professionalism and experience, chef hats are a staple in most kitchens. Taller hats reflect greater experience. The number of pleats on a hat originally represented the number of ways a chef could prepare an egg. While that criterion may be old-fashioned, this chef hat is not. Designed for both fashion and form, it provides a comfortable fit and effective barrier protection. The air-vent system in the crown of this paper hat ensures cool comfort, while a self-adjusting property guarantees a one-size-fits-all correct fit. Contains a sweatband. Packed fully formed.


Matfer Disposable Chef Hat, 10Pk – $48.75

This chef toque by Matfer is made of 100-percent non-woven vegetable fiber, combining quality, lightness, comfort and elegance. This material allows the skin to breathe and lets you wear it for hours with no skin irritation and good sweat absorption. 30 elegant pleats, no top, adjustable diameter.


Winco DCH-3 Disposable Chef’s Hat – $16.65

Disposable low, white paper chef hat


9 Inch Paper Chef Hat – $25.00

Disposable chef hat with a cloth-like look. Fully formed, designed with a poofy non-woven top and a heavy paper band. A great choice for children.


Deluxe Chef Hat Off-White Adjustable Velcro Closure. – $7.00

Made of Poly/Cotton fabric Adjustable velcro closure One size fits all

Apron


Black Cloth Bib Apron – $3.50

Sturdy cloth. 27″ wide x 40″ long when counting neck loop. Length without the neck loop is 30.”


Winco Latex Bib Apron, Black, HEAVY–4.20 Pounds – $19.40

Measures 37″ x 44-1/2″


Front-of-the-House Bib Apron 27″ L x 28″ W – – $8.75

Size 27″ x 28″ wide Made of heavyweight poly/cotton twill fabric Colorfast fabric with matching, non-tangle ties 3-compartment front pocket, 1 upper front pen pocket Above-the-knee length


Front-of-the-House Bib Apron 27″ L x 28″ W – Black – $8.75

Size 27″ x 28″ wide Made of heavyweight poly/cotton twill fabric Colorfast fabric with matching, non-tangle ties 3-compartment front pocket, 1 upper front pen pocket Above-the-knee length


Front-of-the-House Waist Apron 22″ Wide x 11″ Long  – $5.85

Size 12″x24″ Made of heavyweight poly/cotton twill fabric Colorfast fabric with matching, non-tangle ties 3-compartment front pocket


Bib Apron 28″ W x 34″ L  – $8.45

Size: 28″ x 34″ Made of Heavyweight blended domestic colorfast twill fabric Matching non-tangle colored ties 1 8″ x 8″ side pocket, 1 upper front pen pocket Full length


Heavy Naugahyde Bib Apron 28″ x 26″ – $13.50

Made of heavy, fabric backed vinyl (naugahyde) that looks and feels like leather One lower patch pocket, nylon ties. Soft and flexible, Cleans with damp cloth (do not machine wash)


Disposable Bib Apron 24″ X 42″ Medium – $8.00

Made of White Lightweight Polyethylene Economical and durable Packed 100 per box Size 24″x42″, Full Length


White Economy Bib Apron 32-1/2″ x 35″ – $3.00

Made of White Poly/Cotton blend fabric Size: 32-1/2″ x 35″


Clear Vinyl Dishwasher Apron/Bib 34″ x 27″ Heavy Duty – $7.50

Size: 34″ top to bottom, 27″ side to side Ideal for dishwashers and food prep workers Heavy gauge clear vinyl with self ties Cleans with damp cloth (do not machine wash)


Italian Bib Apron – $14.40

28″ x 30″ Italian-style green, white and red bib apron with 2 center pockets. Fixed neck, nylon ties. Cloth apron manufactured from high-quality polyester/cotton twill fabric that meet the industry demands for durability, stain and wrinkle resistance. All stress points are bar tacked for extra durability.


Bib Apron Navy Blue – $3.50

Sturdy cloth. 27″ Wide x 40″ long when counting neck loop. Length without the neck loop is 30.”


Bib Apron with Pen Pocket, Kelly Green – $3.50

Sturdy cloth. 27″ Wide x 40″ Long when counting neck loop. Length without the neck loop is 30.”


Update International Vinyl Bib Apron, Brown, 26″ x 41″ – $7.85

Rugged waterproof leather-look-finish vinyl with knit backing; also known as naugahyde. Provides safety and protection. Extra-long waist strings. Wipes clean with damp sponge.


The Kosher Cook KCKH4017M Color-Coded Apron, Meat – $14.25

The Kosher Cook Color-Coded Apron From the Kitchenworks Collection Full length All cotton Machine wash Bib apron with white background and, in different shades of red, kitchen-tool designs: rolling pin, skimmer, ladle, slotted spoon, slotted pie server, egg beater, whisk and potato masher. One size fits all Adjustable neck strap Waist tie Pocket Pocket is the kangaroo-pouch type, at abdomen/waist area. Pocket measures 11-1/2 inch wide, 7-1/2 inch long.


Bistro Apron 30″ Long x 32″ Wide, White – $4.60

Bistro Apron, 2 Pocket Split-pocket design Durable 65% polyester, 35% cotton fabric Hand or machine wash in cold water. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low.


Impact Neoprene Black Apron 35″ x 45″ – $29.50

Medium Weight Neoprene Apron, Black, 35″ x 45″ 19 mil thickness  12-1/2 oz Four metal grommets  FDA compliant  Reinforced bib and hemmed edges


Pinnacle Textile A2006 Full Bistro Apron, Black – $5.35

Full Bistro Apron, Black Ties for wearing around the waist 29-1/2 inch wide x 34-1/2 inch long All spun polyester One pocket 9 inch x 9 inch Part of pocket sectioned off to form pen pocket 1/2-inch-wide ties, each 36 inch long and made of the same fabric as the rest of the apron Though this apron is so light you’ll forget you’re wearing it, its reading on the scale is 0.45 pounds (7.2 ounces), attesting to the strength of densely woven fabric. Apron folded along entire edge with stitches (known as bar tacking) for reinforcement Fabric treated for soil release Machine wash warm Tumble dry


Man About Cake Slayer Apron – $18.99

Calling all cake slayers! Get your bake on with Joshua John Russell’s cake-slaying apron, made exclusively for his YouTube show, Man About Cake.

 

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