\ 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

Other Words from chef

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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Roney fills the position previously held by the late chef Joe Castro, who served as Culinary Trainer at Monogram from 2007 up until his death last month. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 19 May 2022 The chef’s kitchen, complete with a breakfast nook and oversize windows, is fitted with white cabinets, a tile backsplash and floor, Corian countertops, double sinks, pendant lighting, a gas range, abundant prepping surfaces and a pantry. Karen A. Avitabile, Hartford Courant, 16 May 2022 Add a private chef, daily housekeeping service and obviously a state-of-the-art security system. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 13 May 2022 In an appreciation of Liang’s legacy, food writer Eddie Lin pays tribute to the chef, who embraced the multiethnic mixture of L.A. after immigrating to Baja. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 The chef, 61, was found not guilty on charges of indecent battery and assault on Tuesday after less than two days of testimonies in Boston Municipal Court. Antonia Debianchi,, 10 May 2022 Celebrity chef, restaurateur and culinary teacher Tony (Xiao Jun) Hu created Lao Sze Chuan in 1998, with the first restaurant going in Chicago’s Chinatown. Marc Bona, cleveland, 10 May 2022 But the chef, who has helmed kitchens in some of Detroit's most iconic eateries, including the Rattlesnake Club, Fishbones and COLORS, says this isn't about titles or fanfare. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2022 The same executive chef, Eric Johnson, leads the kitchen operation at Heights & Co. Emma Balter, Chron, 6 May 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Chef.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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