\ ˈshef How to pronounce chef (audio) \

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 How to pronounce chefdom (audio) \ 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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Evans has already reached out to other Live! Casino & Hotel chefs from countries all over the world including Jamaica, China and Puerto Rico. Oyin Adedoyin,, "Live! Casino & Hotel donates $10,000 to Y of Central Maryland after executive chef loses ‘Chopped’," 3 July 2019 Soon-to-depart chef de cuisine Max Boonthanakit’s lineup of frozen desserts is one of the most intriguing in the city: delightfully clean, sculptural and modern, but also delicious. Patricia Escárcega,, "Patricia Escárcega’s five favorite restaurants that she reviewed this year (so far)," 3 July 2019 In April 2018, when chef Chris Kronner took over Henry’s at the Graduate, Tartine provided all the breads. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Critically-acclaimed Tartine Bakery coming to Berkeley," 3 July 2019 Keller’s newest addition is La Calenda, a Mexican restaurant helmed by chef Kaelin Ulrich Trilling, son of Oaxacan cooking star Susanna Trilling. Washington Post, "How a world-class chef blossomed in Napa Valley: The French Laundry turns 25," 3 July 2019 Kuriya started simply as Ramen Bar, an outpost of chef Michael Sohocki’s downtown ramen shop Kimura. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Kuriya @ Cherrity Bar delivers Japanese ramen with San Antonio charm," 3 July 2019 Brad and Claire offer their chef support to the internet masses, answering questions about food dehydrators, kombucha and more! Meredith Fore, WIRED, "What Makes a Good Cooler (According to Physics)?," 3 July 2019 Alternatively, the smoker could sit outside if there’s a patio or parking lot, but chefs have recently become extra wary of going that route because of two words: KC’s BBQ. Janelle Bitker,, "Why aren’t there more Bay Area barbecue spots? High costs, logistics," 2 July 2019 It's been more than two years since Arizona's culinary community rallied around Kelly Fletcher after the former House of Tricks chef fell into a coma for several days. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Tacos, sushi, pizza and doughnuts: 16 new restaurants that opened in metro Phoenix in June," 2 July 2019

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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


\ ˈshef How to pronounce chef (audio) \

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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