\ 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 than that, Adventure Nannies is open to all prior career backgrounds, including professional athletes, computer programmers, ex-military, published authors, historians, macrobiotic chefs, to name a handful of previous professions. Cristina Goyanes, Marie Claire, "The Coolest Six-Figure Job You Never Thought You Wanted: Nannying," 14 Jan. 2019 Coquille’s executive pastry chef, Hilary Prince — also in charge of the desserts at renowned Vancouver sister restaurant, L’Abbatoir — rethought every element of the classic banana cream construction. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How to make the best banana cream pie ever," 4 Dec. 2018 Most professional chefs, in fact, won’t deign to use them, claiming they’re wasteful, single-purpose tools that provide a service better achieved with a standard kitchen knife. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Eva Solo Is the Only Garlic Press You'll Ever Need," 7 Nov. 2018 Robinson has found inspiration along the way through a series of longtime collaborations, none more important than with her friend and executive chef Ny Vongsaly, a refugee who fled his native Laos after the Vietnam War. Vogue, "How St. Louis Restaurateur Zoë Robinson Has Stayed Front and Center in the Midwest Culinary Scene," 1 Nov. 2018 Salt Bae, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, is a butcher, chef, and restaurateur from Turkey. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Why is Marco Rubio tweeting about Salt Bae?," 18 Sep. 2018 Bourdain was found unresponsive by his close friend, French chef Eric Ripert, in a luxury hotel in the small town of Kayserberg. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Netflix extends 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown' following fan outcry," 13 June 2018 The 61-year-old was filming an upcoming episode of Parts Unknown and was found by friend and chef Eric Ripert in his hotel room. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "Rose McGowan Calls for Open Dialogue About Suicide, Depression," 11 June 2018 He was found by his friend and fellow chef, Eric Ripert, after Ripert went to Bourdain's hotel room to in Strasbourg, France this morning and found his friend unresponsive. Morgan Baila,, "Anthony Bourdain Has Been Found Dead," 8 June 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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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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