Need advice and tips on creating a line of eco-friendly, durable, modern line of chef wear.

Joined Feb 1, 2016
Hi there,

I am a professional cook, with a background in fashion.  In my experience as a cook, i have noticed a major lack of focus on the clothing we cooks and chefs wear on a daily basis.  The chef uniforms haven't changed with the times like other professions have.

If you look at other domains, there have been improvements in style, fit, fabric, durability, eco-friendly ways of manufacturing as well as textiles used.

Understandably, perhaps the cooking professionals are focusing more on the food than on the uniforms, which is totally legitimate but i feel there could be ways of improving on the current styles in order to look and feel as awesome as possible in order to carry out the best possible service.

I am looking to design a line of clothing (jackets, aprons, pants, shoes) that would elevate our daily kitchen attire so that we can be proud to wear it.

I am looking into eco-friendly fabrics, i hear stain proofing is high on the list of requirements, as well as vents, better fits for different size people, as well as focusing on bringing more to the female professionals in terms of body types and fit.

I would love advice and tips from other professionals in what you're looking for the most and what you would like to see improved, changed, added, or even removed from the current boring baggy and heavy clothing we wear.
Joined Oct 10, 2005
Eh.... No.

The chef jacket is highly evolved. It is double breasted so you always have a "clean side" to quickly change over if you have to meet guests. The cuffs are long and easily rolled up, long because rhey protect the back of the hand when sauteing or deep frying, turned up when a clean appearance is needed or when long cuffs just get in the way. Breast pocket is good, shoulder pockets not so good because you always forget to remove a pen or thermometer before washing. Length is currently good, too short and it rides up under your apron, too long and you have a dress. Vent strips under the arms and across the back have been around for 20 years or so.

The best buttons are the removable studs, second best are the cloth pajama style. Snap buttons, velcro, or anything else is just stupid, and after a few washings will fail to fasten. Hard plastic buttons tend to fail after a few washings and crack under the ironing devices

By far the best style of chef pants are "jeans style". No elastic waists, no "one size fits all", no pockets deep enough to hide a pregneant elephant in, no pockets too shallow that you keys fall out every time you move. Belt loops! At least 5, better7 of them. Wearer supplys his/her own belt, again, no elastic waists.

Best material? Egyptian cotton. Don't forget a cook runs from a hot stove to a walk in or freezer every 10 minutes, a jacket of thin material that lets you chill as soon as you step into a freezer is not a good thing.

Eco friendly, sure and all that. But remember it is more eco friendly to buy 5jackets that last you 6 years than it is to buy a new jacket every couple of months
Joined Oct 31, 2012
I'd like to see what chef clothes made of hemp would be like. 

Otherwise I prefer a dress style pants but with enough room for bending, stretching and the like and absolutely need belt loops on any pants. Buttons for suspenders would be great for me. Length should be more measured as paying some one to hem the pants is expensive and I get tired of walking on my pant legs. 

      I'll second breast pockets. I like sleeve pockets but not instead of breast pockets. I find the long sleeves and cuffs a pain and a bother. I'd prefer shorter sleeves or a loose version of standard sleeves. 


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Joined Oct 7, 2001
I agree with almost all of what foodpump says, with just a couple of exceptions.  Being a heavy dude and carrying most of it in my stomach, I prefer the drawstring, baggy chef pants.  They are more comfortable, and much less chance of me showing off my plumbers crack than in traditional pants.  I also disagree about the shoulder pocket.  I want both a breast pocket, for notebook, etc., but like the shoulder pocket for my thermometer and pens which have a tendency to fall out of my breast pocket when I bend over.
Joined Jul 13, 2012
Why isn't this in the Pro section?  But the whites I wore in the late 60's / 70's were functional for the very reasons @foodpump  mentioned.  I see no reason why working a long shift ought to be about fashion over comfort.
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