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What's your uniform?

post #1 of 30
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At my shop, we just do logo t-shirts, but we are getting really grungy, and need to place an order for more.
However, I think it is time to "up our game". We're considering colored chef's coats, but then we'd have to get pants too. Also, they look so heavy and cumbersome. But I think the perceived value by our clients would go up, and we certainly need to raise prices.

I'll note here, and no offense to those who do polo shirts, I despise polo shirts. Not sure why, but I have a serious aversion to them. (My family is trying to get me to go for polo shirts, and I just can't do it!) icon_rolleyes.gif

Not sure what to do, so I thought I'd pick some brains!! Also, if you have an online uniform place you swear by, I'd love a referral.

Thank ya! icon_biggrin.gif
post #2 of 30
I say t-shirts for actual work & chef coats for when you interact with the public, be it a delivery or consultation.
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Originally Posted by LaBellaFlor

I say t-shirts for actual work & chef coats for when you interact with the public, be it a delivery or consultation.

great point easier all the way around
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post #4 of 30
I'm with your family - Polo shirts look quite smart and seem to wear better than regular t-shirts.

Chef coats don't look comfy or practical to me. Very professional-looking though.
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post #5 of 30
I agree with the polo shirts too. thats what I'm gonna have made with my logo along with a chef coat.
post #6 of 30
I hate the polo shirts, too, but I know why. When I worked in corporate america, this was the uniform for trade shows, etal. To me, it was "here's a man shirt and oh yeah by the way, the women can wear them too." Now back in those days, I was a full make-up, hose-n-heels, business suit type of lady. I HATED having to dress like "one of the GUYS" just because they didn't want to put any thought or effort into finding a look that would work for BOTH sexes.

To me, a polo shirt is a man's shirt that "they" casually tossed over to "us girls" and said, "here throw this on ... it's not like you really matter."

Nah ... no issues HERE! dunce.gif

When we're on a catering job, my staff wears black pants, white or black shirt, and I supply the red apron. I wear black pants and my white or black chef jacket (lets everyone know who's in charge). When I deliver a cake, I always wear a chef jacket.
post #7 of 30
Light pink polo with black logo. Very comfy. I'm thinking about getting a chef's jacket for deliveries. I would sweat my butsky off if I wore it while working though! icon_lol.gif
post #8 of 30
My white chef jacket is 3/4 sleeves and is heavy material; very hot. My black one I got at GFS (on sale for ten bucks!). It's short sleeved and very lightweight. Not hot at all.
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(on sale for ten bucks

icon_eek.gif What is GFS? Gotta check that out!
post #10 of 30
Check out www.allheartchefs.com I get a lot of things from them and they have really good prices. Also I have never had any problems with returns. I bought two chef jackets from them along with vests for my staff. Hope this helps.
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post #11 of 30
Gordon Food Service. A food distribution company. I'm fortunate because I'm just 15 minutes away from one of their retail stores so it's easy to pop in and pick up what I need, in between truck deliveries.
post #12 of 30
I'm self-taught, no formal training, so would feel funny wearing a chef's coat. What would be the next best thing?
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Originally Posted by Jessica1817

I'm self-taught, no formal training, so would feel funny wearing a chef's coat. What would be the next best thing?


I'm self-taught, no formal training, and I thought I'd be insulting those who were "real" chefs. Till our CC culinary grads pointed out that even the dishwashers wear chef jackets. It's a kitchen uniform. (And from what I understand, it's the funny looking hats that indicate kitchen status! icon_lol.gif )
post #14 of 30
Don't. Do you know how many people in the food industry are self taught and wear a chef's jacket? It is just a uniform in their eyes.
post #15 of 30
Yup, the jacket is uniform, it's the toque (the "funny looking hat") that's the mark of a "chef".

I'd say make sure you're wearing aprons (many linen services will also rent you white aprons along with your kitchen towels) over your shirts, be they polo or tee, to ensure that the shirts stay nice looking longer!
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