As a chef, you know that your clothing is a symbol of your profession and should be worn with utmost pride. When you get hired by a new restaurant or hotel, you know you will need to purchase chef clothing for the job, but it can be a daunting task. As with anything else, it makes sense to do your research first before investing in anything. The following tips can serve as a great starting point!
1. Set a budget for the clothing you will need to buy, but try to be realistic about the budget. Quality clothing pieces are a must if you want to get years of heavy duty wear out of your uniform. If you are on a tight budget, it is a much better option to invest in one quality uniform as opposed to several uniforms that won’t survive the first few washings.
2. When purchasing chef uniforms, it is important to get that professional tailored fit. Some restaurants automatically supply their uniforms and have it tailored to fit their chefs, but if you don’t work in such a setting, you’re wholly responsible for purchasing a uniform that fits right. Start the shopping process by taking measurements of your entire body to ensure you purchase clothing that is not only comfortable, but fits well.
3. White is generally a universally accepted color for chefs to wear, so if your employer has no specific clothing requirements, opt for a full white uniform. Not only is it easier to remove stains if the uniform is white, it works well in a number of settings. If you leave your current employer, then you can still use your uniform somewhere else.
4. Only purchase a chef uniform that you can reasonably take care of. All uniforms have special care instruction tags that tell you exactly how to launder them. If a piece requires extra attention that you won’t willingly provide, skip it and try a selection from a different brand. Even though it is tempting to ignore care instructions altogether, it can decrease the longevity of your garments by causing the fabric to shrink or fray.
5. Invest in brand name clothing that you know will be able to withstand the daily wear and tear that you subject it to. It may seem like a good idea at first to purchase cheaper uniforms, but the replacement costs can add up over the years. Most chefs find that quality clothing can last for years with proper care, whereas cheaper clothing will need to be replaced every couple of months due to quality.
Shopping for chef clothing doesn’t need to be a hard task, but you do need to know what to look for. Not all uniforms are created equal, so it makes sense to shop around. The uniform you will wear represents you, so make a good first impression at work by taking good care of your clothing right off the bat!