One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A chef specializing in roasting, and frequently also grilling and frying.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Tobias Smollett (1721–1771), writer. From French rôtisseur person who prepares and sells roast meat, chef who specializes in roasting from rôtiss-, lengthened stem of rôtir + -eur.
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