\ 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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Culinary events include cooking demos with Rick Bayless, Chicago native (now Atlanta-based) chef Todd Richards, and author, journalist and Chicagoan Anupy Singla, an authority on Indian food and cooking. Adam Lukach,, "Things to do in Chicago this weekend: Bears100, Printers Row Lit Fest, Spring Awakening, Jonathan Van Ness," 6 June 2019 Other chefs have begun instituting changes in their own restaurants. Amy Scattergood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How the restaurant industry is tackling its substance abuse problem," 6 June 2019 Aniston played sous chef when Curry stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres Show to whip up a few dishes. Ana Calderone,, "Ayesha Curry Puts Cheese in Her Guacamole—and Jennifer Anistion Gives It Her 'Nod of Approval'," 5 June 2019 Philly chef Karen Nicolas remembered her days in the kitchen fondly. Ray Boyd,, "Summer Arts Guide; Philly World War II veteran finally gets justice | Morning Newsletter," 5 June 2019 The Denver Post reviewed it that fall, calling chef Enrique Socarras’ Northside Rancheros — corn tortillas stacked with refritos and asadero cheese, then smothered in eggs and chile rojo — one of the best breakfast dishes of the year. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Revelry Kitchen closes and will reopen elsewhere in Denver," 4 June 2019 Except for one thing: These chefs are cooking with cannabis. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "This cannabis kitchen serves up THC-infused pizza and burgers. Here's a look inside," 4 June 2019 The great room adds a wet bar, and the chef’s kitchen adds double islands. Jack Flemming,, "Beverly Hills haunt of late ‘Platoon’ producer Arnold Kopelson sells for $9.7 million," 4 June 2019 The dough, glazes, jams and fillings are chef-made, in-house, each day. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Donut Day: Where to get your free doughnut in Orlando," 4 June 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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