Chef uniforms are primarily designed for safety and functionality. The uniform should be well-crafted due to the fact that chefs have to stand near the flame for long hours; when buying the uniform, select the pieces made of non-flammable cotton fabric. It is important that you make sure that the design, cut and size is also suitable and practical; the uniform should be easily washable and fabricated with quality material so as to ensure them a long life.
The uniform chosen was white, as it is said this colour signifies cleanliness. Although tradition hasn’t changed in many places, the variety of uniform on offer has changed. Gone are the days when every chef was in traditional chefs whites; these days black is also seen as a common colour for chefs. But the colours aren’t just limited to these two colours, chefs can actually adapt their uniform to match their restaurant with a variety of colours from red to pink to grey, which is why Nisbets offer ranges such as Chefs Works clothing. The change in the uniform allows chefs to inject some personality and uniqueness into their kitchens.
Many chefs choose to wear trousers with the black-and-white checks known as hound's tooth; these camouflage minor spills and soiling. The trousers worn must not only protect the chef, but they should be comfortable also as a chef will work a long day. These breathable cotton trousers keep chefs cool as they work around hot ovens and stoves. They are typically made of cotton because cotton insulates the body against the intense heat of a stove and shields the lower half from the hot liquids that occasionally splatter while a chef works in the kitchen. Additionally, this fabric is breathable and keeps a chef cool.
Over the top of the jacket and trousers chefs wear an apron to further protect themselves against spills in the kitchen. The aprons help protect clothing from spills and splatters so the chef's uniform looks professional;
Today neckerchiefs are available in a variety of colours these days and are primarily worn for aesthetic purposes, to give a uniform a more finished look, but they can also help to soak up the sweat of those working in hot kitchens. A neckerchief was originally worn to allow for the mopping of sweat from the face, but as this is now against health regulations.
A chef’s uniform is an important addition to the kitchen; not only does it help to protect the chef in a hot and possible hazardous environment, but it allows the chef to be distinguishable within the kitchen.
Nisbets (http://www.nisbets.co.uk) stock a wide range of chefs clothing and the options available stretch far beyond the standard white uniform.