Most food companies, whether fast food outlets, delicatessens or commercial catering companies, have a preference when it comes to the type and style of cooking clothing they require of their employees. Therefore, it is advisable to discuss your special requirements with the employer, the chef or the chef before purchasing the uniform. It used to be easy to recognize the different chefs in a kitchen only by their hats, the most senior chef always had the highest hat, and the hats became smaller in order of rank.
Many modern kitchens have become more flexible with their chefs in recent years, the well-known “Touge Blanche” (French “White Cylinder”) is not necessarily mandatory for all chefs everywhere today.
Each piece of traditional cooking outfit serves a specific purpose; every detail, from design to fabric, serves not only the show or aesthetics, but above all safety and hygiene.
Your checklist of what is needed
The Toque Blanche is the most popular and is designed to keep the hair out of the face and keep it safe as well as allow a good airflow to keep you cool.
Skullcap is ideal for short hair and reaches up to your ears.
The Mob Cap is designed to cover the entire hairline and has an elastic opening into which you can put all your hair inside.
A hairnet Some institutions and health authorities prefer that all employees wear hairnets as they ensure that your hair is under control.
The traditional cooking jacket was always white to emphasize cleanliness, but many companies now chose to break with tradition and use other colors such as black, dark blue, grey or colors that match the company branding. The trousers are now available in different colours and patterns instead of the traditional black and white checkers.
In a large kitchen there are many dangers from steam to gas flames and hot ovens. A cooking jacket is made of refractory, twice as thick cotton, the fabric is designed with a view to safety to protect your body.
A scarf or tie helps protect your skin from dripping sweat, which can be a problem in hot kitchens.
A good quality apron is a must as it provides additional protection and also helps keep your uniform clean. Most have sturdy pockets where you can store your most used kitchen tools.
If you know the color and style of the cooking pants used in your kitchen, choose a pair of trousers that are loose and plump to support your mobility and provide you with proper ventilation.
It is very important to have shoes that are comfortable and durable, that protect your feet from possible spills that can be hot and sometimes heavy, and that are strong enough to provide protection against falling sharp objects. Shoes need to support your feet as you will probably be standing in the kitchen for 8 to 12 hours a day.
Knives and equipment
It is normal for chefs as professional chefs to have their own basic equipment, such as a range of knives and sharpeners, as well as kitchen scissors, straps and tranchi ginger.