Did You Know – Chef’s Hat
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With so many cooking competition shows on TV right now, it got me thinking about the Chefs hat because you don’t see the Chefs wearing the traditional hat any more.
Another name for the Chefs hat is Toque, which is Arabic for hat. The hats can say a lot about the Chefs style and personality in addition to their level of expertise.
Did you know that the pleats and height in a Chefs hat is significant? The taller a Chefs hat is, the more important the Chef is.
In addition to the height of the Chefs hat, the pleats were not just something to make the hat look detailed, they represented the number of recipes a Chef has mastered, 50 pleats meant 50 recipes.
Today the Chefs hat is pretty standard, between 9” – 12” tall with a generic number of pleats.
Now Chefs prefer a more modern hat like the Pill Box Hat.
Most hats come in either white or black, however, some come in a range of colors for those Chefs that want to add color.
Originally the Chefs hat was always white as it signified cleanliness, was worn to complete the look of a Chef, to prevent hair from falling into the food and to absorb sweat from the forehead.
The original Chef hats are reserved for the very experienced Chefs and are used mostly in fine dining restaurants now.
Chef hat pictures are from Amazon.
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