Definition of chef in English:



  • A professional cook, typically the chief cook in a restaurant or hotel.

    • ‘Each sous chef has four assistant chefs under him who, in turn, have trainee cooks under them.’
    • ‘Their livers were then cut out and borne in triumph to a local restaurant, where the chef was ordered to cook them.’
    • ‘The restaurant changed its chef quite recently and we haven't been able to inspect it since.’
    • ‘The best way to ‘winterise’ your fish is to do what restaurant chefs do and treat it as if it were meat.’
    • ‘That means the chefs cook and the wine experts pour wine and talk about it.’
    • ‘Cash will be the vital ingredient as celebrity chefs cook up a special fundraising treat for charity.’
    • ‘Twenty-three per cent of chefs and cooks said that they were satisfied in their jobs.’
    • ‘I have never met a chef who enjoys cooking vegetarian food, it confuses them.’
    • ‘However I would have to pity the poor chef who has to cook their pre-match and after match meals!’
    • ‘But there are plenty of professional chefs who find it hard to cope when it comes to camp cooking.’
    • ‘Two other celebrity chefs have opened restaurants in Scotland recently.’
    • ‘The restaurant employs five chefs and spends tens of thousands of pounds in training its cooks.’
    • ‘These will be bought by patrons and the chefs will cook it according to specifications.’
    • ‘I thought I was writing the book for cooks and chefs and restaurant people in the New York area.’
    • ‘With the experienced management team and the excellent chefs, this restaurant should do well.’
    • ‘Several local companies also supported the competition by donating produce for the young chefs to cook.’
    • ‘She praised the efforts of the restaurant's four chefs and five other members of staff.’
    • ‘There were plenty of other chefs to help cook, so the task did not take as long as she thought it would.’
    • ‘I'd never been to a restaurant where a chef completely decides what you're going to eat and drink.’
    • ‘When you're eating in a restaurant and the chef comes over to your table you feel special.’
    cook, cordon bleu cook, food preparer
    head chef, sous chef, commis chef, chef de cuisine, chef de partie
    pastry cook, saucier
    short-order cook
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[NO OBJECT]usually as noun cheffing
  • Work as a chef:

    ‘he spent the next seven years cheffing in top restaurants and hotels in Germany’


Early 19th century: French, literally head.