Stylish Chef Coats in Many Fashions
The standard uniform in a restaurant kitchen consists of chef coats, chef pants, a toque and a kerchief. All of these items have remained consistent for centuries.
Why are Chef Coats white?
- Prior to the 19th century Chef’s wore grey. Chef coats were changed to white then to promote cleanliness.
- White is the most reflective color. Chef coats of this color repel the heat instead of absorbing it. This keeps the wearer cooler that another color and in a hot kitchen every degree helps.
- White chef coats can be laundered easier. With the use of bleach no matter how badly it is stained a bright white is a wash away.
What are the other design features of chef coats?
- Heavy Cotton Material Chef coats made of 100% cotton insulate the wearer from the kitchen heat while remaining “breathable” so that body heat can escape.
- Long Sleeves protect the arms from burns while reaching into ovens and over stoves.
- Knotted Buttons Chef coats are exposed to extreme heat; ordinary buttons could melt or break. They also slip off easier in the event of a hot oil emergency. Chef coats will absorb the liquid before it can get to the skin but the jacket still needs to be shed quickly.
- Double-breasted Style Jackets are designed with a double row of buttons. When Chef coats get soiled on the flaps can be reversed to provide a fresh clean outer layer.
The food industry has been breaking with tradition over the past few years. Style is coming to the kitchen in the form of color. The traditional white chef jacket is being replaced by colors and black. These colors are used to distinguish the roles within the kitchen that personal hold. These roles can be by department, or station as well as seniority. Some establishments are using the color jackets to accent their décor and offer differentiation from the competition. Along with color one specific color has been making an impact, black. Other changes from tradition include 3/4 length sleeves and short sleeves. This is an effort to counter the heat experienced in the kitchen. Whatever the changes fashion has come to the kitchen.