Why Is A Chef Called A Chef?

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Chef literally means “Chief” in French and has nothing to do with cooking except for the fact that the “Chief of Food” at a restaurant is called the Chef de Cuisine or Chef for short.

Americans do make the mistake of equating a Chef with a Cook, which clearly must piss of any Non-Cooking French Chef…we should therefore keep up the good work.

Also, since a Chef is a “French Chief” and Chief is commonly used as a derisive moniker (a la sport, boss, my friend, jefe, etc), calling someone a Chef can be quite an aggressive insult in certain circles within the french language.

Personally, I think anyone who insists on being called chef is a bit too stuffy, but hey, maybe it’s a matter of taste.

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