Origin of well-done
Examples from the Web for well-done
The Mystery of Edwin Drood was a clever, well-done entertainment.
For every well-done and lavish musical number, there have been countless appalling elements each week.NBC’s ‘Smash’: Weak Writing, Terrible Characters, and Painful Subplots|Jace Lacob|March 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In food, there are some factual things—you wouldn't call a well-done steak “steak tartare.”
Mutton, ten minutes to the pound for rare; fifteen for well-done.The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking|Helen Campbell
The singer glanced at the white-haired lady—the great Mrs. Ariton—and she read "well-done, my child," in a smile of moist eyes.The Tempering|Charles Neville Buck
He held up some sheets of scribble paper on which I saw several careful and well-done mechanical drawings.The Man Who Fell Through the Earth|Carolyn Wells
This was the one good action Shaibq Khn did in the world; it was well-done truly!The Bbur-nma in English|Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
Thus the “well-done, good and faithful” comes from the servant himself in self-applause.
British Dictionary definitions for well-done
adjective (well done when postpositive)
Word Origin and History for well-done
c.1200, "wise, prudent," from well (adv.) + past participle of do. Meaning "thoroughly cooked," in reference to meat, is attested from 1747. Well done! as an exclamation of approval is recorded from mid-15c.