Whenever you are deciding whether to buy a chef uniform or not, a very important factor that influences your decision is the quality of the fabric. The uniform can be anything from a casual t-shirt and jeans to a traditional uniform; fabric still plays a very important role. Fabric is of great importance when it comes to a dressing a chef because it has an impact three major areas:
· Look of the Uniform:
The look of a chef uniform is very important because it’s design helps identify the chef. The fabrics use in the design must be appropriate to live up to the standard of 4 to 5 star hotels. If the fabric does not have an appealing finish, then a chef’s presentation would never be quite up to the high standards of the establishment.
· Feel of the Uniform:
A chef has a tedious job, as they have to cook, decorate and present the food. They cannot wear something that is not comfortable or not suitable to the temperature of the kitchen. Hence, a chef uniform can only be considered appropriate it gives the chef a comfortable feel. It is the fabric which provides much of the comfort to the chef.
· Quality of the Uniform:
Fabric durability is an important consideration in a chef uniform as the garments are being washed daily in commercial laundries the fabrics must be commercially strong. In addition to look and feel of the uniform, a chef’s attire needs to be stitched from high quality threads because it ensures longevity of the uniform.
. Fabric choices
Chefs concerned about the type of fabrics used should seek assurances from the suppliers that the fabric used is first-rate from all three aspects discussed above. A chef uniform fabric must be up to internationally acceptable commercial standards. Tip: Seek companies which mill their own fabric and do not rely on ‘off the shelf generic fabrics’ for their chef uniforms!
Chef’s wear is in high demand and from a consumer perspective the broadly speaking the overall demand for various types of uniforms is as follows:
· 80% customers demand Traditional chef uniforms.
· 17% customers demand Modern chef uniforms.
· A 3% demand caters to various radical interpretations.
Chef wear manufacturers often use different types of fabrics to suit a client’s budget and suitability.
The different types of fabrics mainly include 100% cotton and a blend of 65% polyester and 35% Cotton. Both these types of fabrics may or may not match industry standards. The usual weight of the fabric ranges from 120 grams to 240 grams, which again depends on what you want. Tip: It’s important to seek ISO9001 factory milled and tested fabrics to provide the confidence before ordering large quantities of uniforms!
The color of fabrics in most chef uniforms is mainly black and white. The chef jackets are mostly white while the pants can be checked, white or black depending on consumer choice. In addition to this, the jackets are designed in different styles whether it is double-breasted traditional chef jackets or modern chef jackets with snaps. Hotels often order optional embroidery that carries the name or logo of the hotel or the restaurant. Tip: always ask for color-fast embroidery thread!