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How to wear: Chef jackets

Think of a chef and the double-breast chef’s jacket immediately springs to mind – oh, and maybe the tall white hat known as the ‘toque blanche’.

The chef’s jacket is an iconic and essential staple of the traditional chef whites uniform.

It symbolises status, professionalism and of course culinary expertise.

It’s origins date all the way back to the 1800s and yes, you’ve guessed it, it hails from the capital of gastronomy, France!

The history of chef jackets

The world’s first celebrity chef, Marie-Antoine Careme, is credited with designing the chef clothing we recognise today, in Paris in 1822.

His sketch featured two chefs wearing white hats, double breasted coats and aprons but it wasn’t until the late 1800s that the uniform was embraced as standard across the industry.

Although it’s been slightly modified and modernised over the years it largely resembles the original recipe!

Today’s chef jacket

White may seem a strange choice considering the potential hazards of a kitchen, but it’s thought to reflect the historic high public standing chefs were awarded – similar to doctors some believe – representing an authoritative and influential presence.

It also projects a pristine and clean aesthetic and as white deflects heat it’s perfect for working in the heat of a kitchen.

Traditionally even the buttons have meaning, black to signify qualified chefs and white for apprentices.

Harveys offers the traditionality of button fasten chef tunics alongside stud fasten versions which makes them easier to assemble and remove.

Chef jackets have always been the perfect canvas for personalisation, in fact for many restaurants, bistros, pubs, cafes and eateries it’s an essential part of the uniform.

It’s a great way to add individuality, flair, professionalism and increase brand awareness and at Harveys Workwear we make personalisation simple through our expert embroidery service.

Types of chef jackets

The chef jacket, or chef coat, is the most versatile part of the uniform, catering for both protection and comfort.

It acts as a heat, steam and splash barrier, while allowing ease of movement in the often hot and fast-paced environment of the kitchen.

The traditional long-sleeved version protects arms from intense heat environments such as ovens and grills, but short-sleeved versions are an increasingly popular item of chef clothing as they have less restrictions and provide a cooler, more comfortable experience.

Our Chef’s Easycare Button Fasten Jacket blends the traditional crisp, clean elements with both durability and comfort thanks to its high quality, lightweight fabric and long life resin buttons.

The Chef’s Jacket with Breathable Mesh Fabric Back is short-sleeved, hardwearing and comfortable and has a concealed stud front for a fuss free aesthetic.

Hospitality is at the forefront of contemporary workwear and that includes in the kitchen.

With a range of style and colours to choose from there’s no need to stick to white.

Our Denim Stud Fasten Chef’s Jacket is both stylish and practical.

Available in black or grey denim, its breathable fabric makes it ideal for warm kitchen environments.

Harveys chef whites and jackets are part of our extensive catering uniform range, available in wide variety of sizes, colours, styles and men, women and unisex designs.

And if you want to personalise your workwear simply click the ‘add embroidery’ button when ordering.

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