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chef

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noun
  1. the chief cook, especially in a restaurant or hotel, usually responsible for planning menus, ordering foodstuffs, overseeing food preparation, and supervising the kitchen staff.
  2. any cook.
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Origin of chef

From French, dating back to 1835–45; see origin at chief
Can be confusedchef chief
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chef

noun
  1. a cook, esp the principal cook in a restaurant
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from Old French chief head, chief
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Word Origin and History for chef

n.

"head cook," 1830, from French chef, short for chef de cuisine, literally "head of the kitchen," from Old French chief "leader, ruler, head" (see chief (n.)).

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