If you are a want to be chef, you will need a chef uniforms before you start your training. Prior to purchasing one, you should learn about the uniform, its types, fabrics and the need to wear it in the kitchen.
A chef uniform includes toque or hat, a double breasted jacket, trousers and apron. Wearing the perfect uniform will not turn you into an expert chef, it will only make you look like one. There are other reasons to wear the professional uniform in the kitchen. The hat keeps your hair on your head and out of the food. The coats and trousers are designed to keep you cool in the hot temperatures that are prevalent in the kitchen and apron so that you don’t get stains on your clothes. The main purpose for wearing a uniform in the kitchen is to set standards. When you wear standardized clothes, you have the least chances of meeting accidents. If you wear clothes that are made of inflammatory fabrics, they can catch fire. So wearing a chef uniform is mandatory. The basic parts of a chef uniform are discussed below.
A toque, traditional name for chef hat, is the symbol of the chef’s caliber. The size of the hat is based upon the rank in the kitchen, the higher the rank, the larger the hat. Smaller hats are generally worn by cooks. When you walk in the room, you know who the head chef is only by taking a good look around the room. It is believed the folds in the traditional chef hat represents the number of ways a chef can cook eggs.
The basic reason behind a chef wearing a hat is not let a single hair fall in the food. A hat is also useful to keep the hair coming on to the face and eyes. If you want better protection, you can wear a hair net to cover your hair and tie your hair tightly so it doesn’t move at all. This helps in retaining the good food quality. Before making a purchase, measure your head right to ensure the toque isn’t loose. If it’s loose, it will keep bothering you while you are cooking.
-Chef Coats and Pants
It’s gonna be hot in the kitchen, so you should wear clothes that are made of pure cotton or cotton mixed with other fabrics to keep you cool in there. Chef pants basically come in black and white checks, that look great with the white chef coats. Some people don’t consider wearing chef pants essential. You should, however, wear traditional chef pants as these are made of fabrics that maintain a good airflow and keep you cool.
The chef coat is basically double breasted so it can be worn either of the both sides if one is stained while preparing food. Wear a coat that fits you well so you can work comfortably. Coat that are too tight will not let your hands move properly and the ones that are too loose will keep sticking out resulting in covering the cuffs with gravy stains. Well fitted coats with fold back cuffs are the perfect choice. The two rows of stylish buttons add class to the perfect look.
Aprons are the savior that shield the uniform from the food splatters that leave behind stains. Gravy and coffee stains are the hardest to remove from the clothes and aprons save the clean uniform from these. The aprons are made of fine quality cotton so these don’t get faded even after many washes. Some aprons are available with small pockets to keep things that are needed at regular intervals.