As a uniform staple in the kitchen, your chef coat says a lot about who you are and how you view the profession. The look you present to customers and critics tells a unique story about your culinary values, style of cooking, and stance on tradition.
For some, the chef coat is a status symbol or homage to tradition – something never to be defiled. For others, the chef coat is a personal branding tool, an outward expression of inward passions. If you are looking to pave your own path in the culinary industry and stand out from the crowd, there are many ways to alter a standard chef coat into a personal uniform.
- Roll With It: Any basic chef coat can be modernized by simply rolling up the sleeves to a desired length. For a nod to the classics, you could try a basic cuff.
- Buttoned Up: Depending upon the specific style of coat you choose, you could have the option of leaving the top button undone. You can then fold down that corner to give your uniform a different look.
- Flamboyant Flare: Chef coats come in a wide variety of colors and even the standard white ones can be dyed any hue you find at a craft store. Contrasting piping and buttons can also help the boring white coat find new life. If color isn’t enough to satisfy your flashy style, consider custom logo embroidery on the chest and back.
- Collars Up: Many chef coats have high necklines which can be worn as is or folded down in the style of a professional button-up dress shirt.
- Tucking Optional: While you aren’t likely to be comfortable with a chef coat tucked into your pants, you could tuck it under a long apron to give that polished look.
In today’s world, chefs are viewed much like artists. Each has the freedom to be creative in the kitchen and offer innovative dishes. Diners now demand more than just a well-cooked meal from chefs, they want a culinary adventure every time the dine out. First impressions can make or break a loyal customer. Present your best self every time you step out of the kitchen by wearing a style all your own.