\ ˈshef \

Definition of chef

1 : a skilled cook who manages the kitchen (as of a restaurant)
2 : cook

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Other Words from chef

chef intransitive verb
chefdom \ ˈshef-​dəm \ noun

Synonyms for chef


cook, cooker, culinarian

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Examples of chef in a Sentence

The hotel's chef trained at the finest culinary institutes in Europe. He's the head chef at a five-star restaurant. a celebrity chef with her own TV show My friend is an excellent chef.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Estimated Debut: Early 2019 Spoon & Stable chef and owner Gavin Kaysen is scheming his fourth Minneapolis restaurant. Kat Odell, Vogue, "2019’s Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings," 3 Jan. 2019 No matter what’s on the menu, think like a chef and always be ready. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 But what about his collaborators, specifically his brother, pastry chef and underrated legend in his own right, Albert? Katie Walsh,, "Review: Documentary 'Constructing Albert' follows a chef's quest for perfection," 12 July 2018 Women in the wine world have not been immune to the challenges faced by female chefs and other women in the culinary industry. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Brett Kavanaugh, Reese Witherspoon, Russell Simmons: Broadsheet July 11th," 11 July 2018 Stein, former chef and baker at Common Bond in Houston and Bouchon in California, is a sommelier at Camerata at Paulie's. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Camerata wine bar to open second location in 2019," 11 July 2018 Unfortunately, the list of forbidden items includes a food popular among chefs and breadstick fans around the world: garlic. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Royal Family Reportedly Cannot Eat Garlic," 8 July 2018 Even her and Harry's wedding pastry chef and florist were women, Town & Country notes. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Broke Her Streak of Wearing Female-Led Brands at Official Events," 6 July 2018 Such digital actors would sit quietly in digital storage systems until their services were needed—there would be no need for luxury trailers, chefs and make-up people. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of chef

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chef

French, short for chef de cuisine head of the kitchen

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The first known use of chef was in 1826

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English Language Learners Definition of chef

: a professional cook who usually is in charge of a kitchen in a restaurant

: a person who prepares food for people to eat


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Kids Definition of chef

1 : a professional cook who is usually in charge of a kitchen in a restaurant
2 : cook entry 1 My mom is a great chef.

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