\ 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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Other activities include wine dinners, featuring a local farm, a celebrated chef and winery. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At," 8 Mar. 2019 The Fyre Festival was heavily advertised by social media influencers, including Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, as a weekend of paradise among celebrities, private yachts, five-star chefs and star musicians. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Fyre Festival organizer led scam ticket scheme while out on bail, prosecutors say," 13 June 2018 Wochit Fans and friends of Anthony Bourdain are remembering the former celebrity chef and TV show host in various ways following his death on June 8. Taylor Jade Powell,, "P.G. Sittenfeld pays tribute to Anthony Bourdain: 'This 3-Way's for you'," 12 June 2018 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

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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