Chef Coats: Which One is Right for You?
Author: Automotive Workwear

When it comes to chef coats, you have three options for sleeves: ½, ¾, and full sleeve. How do you know which one is right for you? Choosing the proper workwear for the job is important for maintaining professionalism, and efficiency. Keep reading for a look at which sleeve length might be right for you.

  • The ½ sleeve. In the arena of chef coats, the short sleeve is the least versatile. It is, however, also the coolest for working long hours in a kitchen. The short sleeve works best for chefs who will be working pantry, or other jobs away from hot surfaces. The short sleeve chef coat has been popularized by celebrity chefs on cooking shows, like Gordon Ramsey, and by its comfortable airiness.
  • The ¾ sleeve. The ¾ sleeve chef coat is desirable for a number of reasons. Not only does it allow access of cool air to the arms, like short sleeve chef coats, but it also provides some protection and the traditional look of a long sleeve chef coat. This style chef coat could comfortably be used for any station in the kitchen, although chefs should take extra care with their exposed wrists around hot surfaces.
  • The full sleeve. This traditional chef coat provides a neat, professional look, while providing protection from hot surfaces and splashes from the deep fryer. The full sleeve is recommended for any hot stations on the line. Although not as cool as the short sleeve or ¾ sleeve, the protection is worth the discomfort. Chef coats with long sleeves can easily be rolled to ¾ or short sleeve lengths.

Choosing the right chef coats for the job doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out process. There are a variety of ways to customize the workwear to be most useful to your job or company. Not only can you choose the best sleeve length to accommodate your daily work, but you can also choose color, pockets, and closures. Chef coats traditionally comes in black or white. Chef whites are the norm, although black is becoming increasingly popular. Many chef coats comes with pockets. Choosing chef coats with a thermometer pocket ensures that you will never be without your thermometer and a pen–both of which can be extremely handy on the job. The closures are traditionally double breasted with a choice of 8 or 10 buttons. This choice is completely dependant on the “look” you want your uniform to have. There are a couple other closure options if the traditional, double breasted look is not your style. Lastly, you can customize your chef coats with custom embroidery. Your company logo, restaurant name, or chefs’ names on your workwear is always a nice touch. Consider adding custom embroidery for the purposes of uniformity, branding, and customer service.

If you are looking for new chef coats, or other workwear, always take into consideration what will best help you complete your job with efficiency and perfection. Choose workwear that is comfortable, gives ease of motion, and still maintains a professional looking appearance. Check out the offerings from Chef Designs at Automotive Workwear.