\ 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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Thus was born Cafe Cancale, named for a coastal town in Brittany known for its oysters and, not coincidentally, where Kahan and his wife visited for the chef’s 50th birthday. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Cafe Cancale brings a coastal-French breeze to Wicker Park," 20 June 2019 The 25 chefs whose burgers get the most votes will be asked to submit their recipes to the Beard Foundation judges. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local chef’s ‘Psycho-Deli’ burger aims to change the way people eat," 20 June 2019 Co-owner Jeanine Prime, the chef’s sister, is responsible for the look of the place. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Cane doubles the pleasures with chef-driven Caribbean cooking," 19 June 2019 Served under a tent (rain or shine) among the pine trees overlooking a pond and the farm’s heirloom apple orchard, the chefs create the menu based on what’s available that week. Ann Trieger Kurland,, "Smolak farm launches ninth year of Whim Dinner Series with celebrated chefs," 17 June 2019 In the 2012 addition of Soccer Aid the former Spurs, Man Utd and West Ham forward flattened the TV chef with a blindside hit from behind., "Soccer Aid 2019: The Best Moments From the Charity Match's History," 16 June 2019 The chef’s four-course menu, made up of some of the restaurant’s best dishes, is a great choice for first-time diners. Gerry Frank,, "Where to dine in Troutdale: Gerry Frank’s picks," 16 June 2019 The pastry chef also plans to launch savory baked goods soon, such as bacon and cheese croissants. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Doughnut shop Holey Moley adds croissants, Danish and cookies to its lineup," 15 June 2019 The Olmsted chef Greg Baxtrom’s second outing, just across the street, serves up skewers and potent small plates that encourage sampling. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Maison Yaki’s Cheeky French-Japanese Fusion," 14 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


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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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