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What to consider when buying chef jacket

Something that may surprise you when it comes to the culinary arts is that it has existed for longer than medicine or dentistry. So, while primal means were still being exercised to take care of our health and teeth, a taste for expertise in the art of cooking was far ahead in the refinery process.

It shouldn’t surprise you to know that the culinary world is steeped in history and remarkable traditions. Although we associate the white coat with doctors and scientists, it can be said that chefs were the first white collar professionals.

When it comes to cooking, there’s nothing more important than fresh ingredients, love and practicality – especially in chef wear. A chef’s uniform is not only a piece of clothing but an important tool just like their set of knives. The design is crucial in the way a chef performs in the kitchen, the pockets, style and color all serve a specific purpose to help the chef work at full efficiency in the kitchen.

So, what are the important considerations to take not of when selecting a chef jacket:

With all the new technology in the kitchen it’s easy to think that the old-school mantras a long since forgotten, however, there is one age old truth that, as long as we’re cooking, will stay the same. It’s hot in the kitchen. Heat is something needed – almost always – when preparing food in a commercial kitchen so it’s important to ensure that as a chef, you are prepared and protected.

Your chef’s jacket should be able to perform various functions, but of highest importance is to avoid burns and keep you cool.


A chef is always working with hot pans and pots of steaming liquids, so long sleeves are designed to protect arms from these potentially hazardous circumstances. The cotton of the jacket is made to quickly absorb spilt liquids – even hot oil.


The cotton the chef jacket is made from is designed to insulate the skin which keeps you cool while remaining breathable for the body and the heat can escape. It may seem strange that chefs wear white because it’s the most likely to show up stains and get dirty. However, it’s quite the opposite when it comes to it. White is the most reflective color and the jacket will quite literally reflect the heat instead of absorbing it. If jackets were darker shades it would make a huge difference to the temperature control of the chef and kitchen – every degree makes a difference.

Easy Cleaning

White is also perfect for stains and soils because white can be bleached repeatedly in the laundry and saves costs as well.

There is also a reason to the double-breasted design of the chef jacket – it’s not just to look fashionable. The double row of buttons along the front is also not just for show but allows the chef to reverse the flaps and ‘voila!’ a brand new unstained outer layer.


It may seem unnecessary to have knotted buttons, I mean, what possibly could their purpose be?  But even, the humble button serves an important role. Normal buttons can break or even melt, which may cause unwanted bits and pieces to end up in your diners’ food.