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[soo-shef; French soo-shef]
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noun, plural sous-chefs [soo-shefs; French soo-shef] /ˈsuˌʃɛfs; French suˈʃɛf/.
  1. the second in command in a kitchen; the person ranking next after the head chef.
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Origin of sous-chef

< French, equivalent to sous under (< Latin subtus (adv.) underneath, below) + chef chef
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Related Words for sous chef

servant, baker, chef, cuisinier, culinarian

Word Origin and History for sous chef


early 19c., from French sous, from Old French soz (10c.), from Latin subtus "under, below" (see sub-) + chef.

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