chef

noun
\ 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

Synonyms

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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As guests sat for dinner, which was prepared by chef Victoria Blamey, one of the main comments of the night was just how captivating and French Blanchet was. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "William Vintage Celebrates Its New, Incredibly Chic CEO Marie Blanchet at an Intimate Dinner," 10 Apr. 2019 For example, the food bank had a package for $150,000 for three chefs to come to your house with unlimited wine and truffles, completely over the top. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Lydia Fenet Knows How to Command the Room," 9 Apr. 2019 Of course, she’s been busy getting married to her chef husband and then getting pregnant—both topics that come up in her surprise new Netflix special Growing. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Amy Schumer Gets Extremely Real About Periods in Her New Netflix Special," 20 Mar. 2019 Any home cook or aspiring chef is aware of the value of a good knife. Popular Mechanics, "These Laser-Sharp Japanese Knives Are a Kitchen Staple," 14 Mar. 2019 Put your cooking needs at the center of your kitchen design with an island that provides extra counter space, an additional sink, and plenty of storage—a necessity for any experimental home chef. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 This creepy holiday can often get lost in the shuffle of trick-or-treating and school parties, which is why chef to the stars, Meg Hall, recommends throwing a more refined affair with these delicious and festive recipes. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 One of its chefs, Joseph Yoon, is based in New York and was on hand to prepare some light fare for those in attendance. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Ars eats more bugs, finds a few we like," 30 Sep. 2018 Its robot chef is intended to emulate a real one—not only in the quality of the meals, but also by being able to learn to cook almost any recipe. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 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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chef

noun

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

chef

noun
\ 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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