We all take notice of the chefs in our favorite restaurant, at one point or another. We recognize them by their signature hats and chef jackets. Chefs have used cooking jackets for a countless number of years.
Chefs wear cooking jackets for several reasons. One reason is that they are dealing with a variety of food ingredients for many hours each day. They have to have a means of keeping their clothing free from dirt, stains and odors. They also need pockets to carry utensils from one part of the kitchen to another. Chef Jackets serves a variety of purposes and most of us will admit that chefs wearing cooking jackets have a more professional look.
Men and women have worn kitchen aprons for centuries. Traditionally, women have been the primary homemakers in a family. Although times have certainly changed and things are not as cut-and-dry as they were before, the same tends to hold true. Kitchen jackets have been an important piece of attire in women’s history. The use of cooking jackets likely precedes that of written history with several scholars noting the use of cooking jackets even in the time of Adam and Eve.
Kitchen jackets, or cooking jackets, have been worn to protect clothing from dirt, grime and smelly odors. They serve as a towel to dry freshly scrubbed hands. The pockets of kitchen aprons have been a wonderful tool for carrying utensils, kindling wood or even an occasional treat for a child. It is simply amazing to consider the long and rich history of cooking jackets
and how they have changed along with societal standards. Today’s kitchen jackets still serve the same functional purposes but tend to come in a larger variety of styles, colors and with catchy one-liners.