|A proud chef indeed|
(photo by Rage Krishna)
Noun. Early 19th century.
[French = head.]
A person (usually a man) who is (usually the chief) cook in a hotel, restaurant, etc.
I wasn't cut out for the culinary life. One of my first jobs was as a trainee chef, but the punishing combination of constant stress, unsociable hours and exhausting physical work meant that I quickly decided to find another career. The word can still interest me, though, even if the career doesn't - chef is French for ‘head’, is related to the word chief, and is used in a number of other French phrases that have found their way into English. A chef d’ecole, for example, is defined in the OED as ‘the initiator or leader of a school or style of music, painting, literature’, a chef-d’oeuvre is the greatest work of an artist or a masterpiece, and a chef-d’orchestre is the leader or conductor of an orchestra.
|Not the work for me|
(photo by Matt Four)
Are you a chef of any description?
Do you know of any other cheffy expressions?
Do please serve up your most culinary comments into the box below.
note: I'm still in the remote Romanian mountains with limited internet access - thus no pics for this post, but I'll put them in as soon as I can)