executive chef

noun

plural executive chefs
: the head chef of a professional kitchen or of a group of professional kitchens
the restaurant's executive chef and owner
His résumé was filled with Connecticut restaurants …; at Le Coq Hardi Restaurant in Stamford, he was, variously, … first cook, sous chef, and finally executive chef.Michael Ruhlman
Bala Kumanan, a French-trained chef, oversees the quality of the food … as the executive chef of the high-end restaurants that span from Vancouver to Ottawa.John French
compare chef de cuisine

Examples of executive chef in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An executive chef gig at Rancho Cordova’s Marriott hotel followed, then the COVID-19 pandemic put Tuala-Tamaalelagi out of work. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 8 Feb. 2024 New executive chef On Thursday, it was announced that Chris Coleman, director of culinary experience at Charlotte Marriott City Center, will be taking on the role of executive chef at The Goodyear House. Melissa Oyler, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The ceviches and most other seafood dishes that week were on par with better luxury cruise lines, and bravo to an executive chef confident enough to allow guests to play Frankenstein with menu items; adding grilled chicken breast and breaded eggplant to the pasta arrabbiata was a winner. David Dickstein, Hartford Courant, 14 Jan. 2024 In addition to the aforementioned access to all the resort’s villas (and staff, natch), guests will have the chance to dine at their leisure at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora’s four open-air restaurants, helmed by executive chef Sebastien Fontes. Stacey Lastoe, Robb Report, 5 Feb. 2024 Felipe Ricci, executive chef at fine-dining March, was there too, eating a chirashi box and chawanmushi. Caroline Hatchett, Robb Report, 6 Nov. 2023 The Sundance week opening menu was created by culinary partner and James Beard Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain, alongside executive chef Jordan Harvey. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2024 Expect Afro-Latin fusion cuisine, flavored by Puerto Rican seasonings (sazon to sofrito) and interpreted by executive chef Ericka Loyal. Dwight Brown, Essence, 20 Dec. 2023 Cameron Bryant, executive chef of The Sipp on South Lamar, recommends Staub cookware for its exceptional quality and performance. Staff Author, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of executive chef was in 1902

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“Executive chef.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executive%20chef. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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