Definition of chef in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʃɛf


A professional cook, typically the chief cook in a restaurant or hotel.
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  • Their livers were then cut out and borne in triumph to a local restaurant, where the chef was ordered to cook them.
  • I thought I was writing the book for cooks and chefs and restaurant people in the New York area.
  • Cash will be the vital ingredient as celebrity chefs cook up a special fundraising treat for charity.
cook, cordon bleu cook, food preparer;
head chef, sous chef, commis chef, chef de cuisine, chef de partie;
North American informal short-order cook

verb (chefs, cheffing, cheffed)

[no object] (usually as noun cheffing) informal Back to top  
Work as a chef: he spent the next seven years cheffing in top restaurants and hotels in Germany


early 19th century: French, literally 'head'.

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