Definition of commis in English:


(also commis chef)


  • A junior chef.

    • ‘I've yet to come across a restaurant that said: ‘We're taking 20% off the bill due to boring vegetables, frozen fish and an inexperienced commis chef.’’
    • ‘‘We don't use that name in this kitchen,’ explains the commis quietly.’
    • ‘I imagine chefs bully their commis now by shouting: ‘What's your motivation for this collection of ingredients?’’
    • ‘When she first came here she started working behind the bar, but she fancied being a chef, so a space became free, and we trained her as a commis chef.’
    • ‘It was enough to impress Ramsay who took him on as a commis chef.’
    • ‘Everyone grew something: lettuce, radishes, spring onions, beetroot, cabbage, cauliflowers, new potatoes - it was the job of us junior commis chefs to prepare the salad ingredients for Sunday tea.’
    • ‘She is living with her parents in east London and working as a commis chef in a local gastro pub.’
    • ‘The chef takes me into the restaurant's kitchen, where he introduces me to Ashley, a commis chef who cuts his chips.’
    • ‘He had seen this holiday job as a route into one of the hierarchical kitchens of a big Parisian hotel, and he duly landed a job as a commis, the lowest rung, but he was never born to be a porter and peeler.’
    • ‘Some chefs on TV, I wouldn't even give them a job as a commis.’
    • ‘At one restaurant we had a commis obsessed with his appearance, he would spend more attention on hanging up his civvies and polishing his shoes than he would on chopping chiffonade or puréeing the soup, a disgrace.’
    • ‘Sensing a kindred spirit rather than a workplace to avoid, Dempsey applied for a job and was appointed commis chef at the bottom of the kitchen hierarchy.’
    • ‘After attending catering college in Bolton I became commis chef.’
    • ‘Donnybrook Fair has two full-time chefs and four commis chefs, who prepare food daily in the on-site kitchen.’
    • ‘And if the father is not a cordon bleu chef, he could still be a commis chef and clean the pots and pans.’
    • ‘One of those ‘dedicated young folk’ is Gareth Williams, 20-year-old commis chef at a hotel and restaurant in Great Broughton.’
    • ‘Some of them would also require a professional kitchen and a staff of three or four commis, but I find it of the utmost interest to learn how the real guys work, and what it takes to bring three-star restaurant food to life.’
    • ‘I sat in on the ‘stocks and sauces’ day, acting as commis chef for John, and came away having learned more than I care to admit.’
    • ‘Flinn arrived as a commis chef and left two years later as a junior sous.’
    • ‘The contest brings together 24 invited countries from around the world, challenging 24 chefs and their commis to be judged by the most senior chefs in the world.’
    cook, cordon bleu cook, food preparer
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1930s: from French, ‘deputy, clerk’, past participle of commettre ‘entrust’, from Latin committere (see commit).