Definition of commis in English:


(also commis chef)


  • A junior chef.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘We don't use that name in this kitchen,’ explains the commis quietly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After attending catering college in Bolton I became commis chef.’
    • ‘Some chefs on TV, I wouldn't even give them a job as a commis.’
    • ‘I imagine chefs bully their commis now by shouting: ‘What's your motivation for this collection of ingredients?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Flinn arrived as a commis chef and left two years later as a junior sous.’
    • ‘It was enough to impress Ramsay who took him on as a commis chef.’
    • ‘The chef takes me into the restaurant's kitchen, where he introduces me to Ashley, a commis chef who cuts his chips.’
    • ‘She is living with her parents in east London and working as a commis chef in a local gastro pub.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of those ‘dedicated young folk’ is Gareth Williams, 20-year-old commis chef at a hotel and restaurant in Great Broughton.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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).