Every respectable kitchen, whether a Michelin starred restaurant or a hole-in-the-wall pizza place, needs certain things to do it’s job. Professional workwear for front of the house managers and wait staff are important, but it is also important for the back of the house. After all, a restaurant’s purpose is to serve food, so it makes sense that the ones making the food have a certain standard to meet. Cleanliness and clean shaven faces are certainly expected from the health department, but professional attire should also be expected and embraced by the employees. There is a long history of professional workwear for the kitchen, and chefs are proud of the tradition.
Traditional restaurant uniforms haven’t really changed all that much over the years. The traditional tall chef hat, the toque, may not be worn as often, but the chef coat and work pants are still very similar to the original design introduced in the mid 1800s–and hats are still worn, although they are much shorter usually. The chef coat was designed with a reversible double breasted closure to allow for covering stains, and the double layer of fabric offered better protection from boiling liquids and other harmful elements in a kitchen. Fabric knots were used in place of buttons because they were less likely to melt under the extreme heat in a kitchen. Although most chef coats are now sold with plastic buttons, Chef Designs still makes traditional chef coats with fabric knots for the double breasted closure, as well as offering the more modern plastic button closure. Traditionally, chef coats were white as a sign of cleanliness. Today, chef coats are still often white, but black has become extremely popular as well. Chef work pants were originally from a checked fabric because they distracted the eye from stains and spills. Checked pants are still often used in restaurants, although many places are now choosing different fabrics such as all black, or opting for a quirky, food inspired pattern. Aprons have always been used in the professional kitchen, helping to shield the cook from splatters and spills. Aprons are still regularly used, along with the traditional restaurant uniform.
Choosing Uniforms for the Kitchen
There are a number of different options available, but if you want the best, Chef Designs provides quality, comfort, and durability for the best prices. With a range of chef coats from traditional with fabric knots, to modern short sleeve coats, you can find the best kitchen uniforms at the best prices. Chef Designs also offers a variety of chef work pants, aprons, butcher coats, cook shirts, and chef hats. Look for work wear that is sturdy and durable. Twill is a great choice, standing up to grease stains, multiple launderings, and still maintaining breathability. Work pants for the kitchen should be comfortable, allowing for ease of movement between stations, and bending down to reach storage under the line.
Restaurant uniforms are haven’t changed all that much over the last 150 years, but it is now easier than ever to find the best workwear for your kitchen. Chef Designs makes quality chef coats and chef work pants with real chefs in mind.