\ ˈshef How to pronounce chef (audio) \
plural chefs

Definition of chef

1 : a skilled professional cook a trained chef specifically : one who is in charge of a professional kitchen I wrote to the chef of an acclaimed New American restaurant on the Upper East Side about my food experiences. He invited me to spend a few days in the kitchen on a trial basis. — Adam Shatz
2 : cook

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Other Words from chef

chef intransitive verb
chefdom \ ˈshef-​dəm How to pronounce chefdom (audio) \ noun

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 Dana Sue is grappling with working, single motherhood after leaving her husband and firing her vindictive sous chef. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix's Sweet Magnolias Is Like if Sex and the City Were a Hallmark Movie," 19 May 2020 For decades, Dan Barber, the chef and co-owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns and its sister restaurant, Blue Hill, in Greenwich Village, has been using his restaurants to familiarize diners with the principles of sustainable agriculture. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Blue Hill in a Box," 15 May 2020 Mason Hereford, the chef and owner of Turkey and the Wolf (a Hot 10 alum) and Molly’s Rise and Shine (a Top 50 nominee) in New Orleans, was one of more than 1.6 million small businesses whose applications were approved. Mason Hereford, Bon Appétit, "PPP Is Complicated For Restaurants. One Chef Explains Why.," 14 May 2020 Their goal was really to just honour our chefs and staff and volunteers by being of service. Alexis Reliford,, "Harry & Meghan Don Protective Face Masks As They Volunteer In Los Angeles," 20 Apr. 2020 Another restaurant earned roughly $16,000 by auctioning its chef to prepare a six-course dinner for the winner. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Private sector outpaces federal government in race to reopen economy," 18 Apr. 2020 Bonnie Morales, chef and co-owner of Portland, Oregon Russian restaurant Kachka, first tasted the dish when her Soviet immigrant parents served her a TV dinner version in the 1990s. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 18 Mar. 2020 The brainchild of owner and chef Ronnie Killen, Killen's Barbecue is one of the most iconic restaurants in the Houston area. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "The No. 1 BBQ joint in each Houston-area suburb, according to Yelp," 16 Mar. 2020 The original owner and longtime chef at Crawdaddy’s restaurant has died. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jonathan Klug, the original owner and longtime chef at Crawdaddy’s restaurant in West Allis, dies at 51," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chef.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce chef (audio)

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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