Chefwear founder Rochelle Huppin reached a moment in her culinary career when she decided that the school issued, 100-percent polyester uniforms weren’t working for her. At that moment, she decided to create a pair of chef pants made out of 100-percent cotton that provided her with the comfort she was looking for. From there, a company was born, and now, Chefwear continues to use the personal experiences of not only Huppin but chefs from all over the industry to create new styles to meet their wants and needs.
The Baggy Chef Pants are the foundation on which Chefwear was built. These pants were designed with comfort, safety and fit in mind. Utilizing 100-percent cotton instead of polyester, these chef pants make a 16 hour shift a little easier. The wide elastic waistband, loose fit and tapered ankle completely revolutionized restaurant uniforms. As fashion trends evolved, the Baggy Chef Pant provided a rock solid base for future kitchen apparel design.
The two most iconic chef pant patterns were released in 1991. Black Chalkstripe  was designed with the help of Wolfgang Puck’s fashion sensibilities, whileEuropean Houndstooth  was designed as a nod to classic European styling. Both are known for their ability to hide stains in the kitchen or front of the house. The first catalog, also released in 1991, featured both patterns in the Baggy Chef Pant. Since then, Black Chalkstripe and European Houndstooth have been mainstays, and continuously rank in the top five best selling prints each year.
Perfect for your miniature chef, Pint Size Duds were introduced in 1992 and the mini line has remained a signature part of the Chefwear family ever since. Pint Size Duds are available in pants, aprons, hats, and jackets, all scaled down to fit your little future chef.
Chefwear decided to bring youth culture to the mainstream kitchen with Chef-R-Alls. Built for comfort, utility and durability, this unique chef style created an instant buzz. Chefs from all over the country fell in the love with the roomy fit that allowed for easy movement, and the extra large pockets to hold a wealth of tools. Chef-R-Alls were removed from the line in 2006, but die-hard followers get their fix with custom order availability.
Created with the Executive Chef in mind, this jacket provides a slim cut, traditional European design with a deep v-placket, inset breast pocket and rounded French cuffs. The fit of the Executive Chef Jacketbecame so popular that it has been used as the base for many other styles in our Premiere chef jacket line. The Executive Chef Jacket provides a classy, sophisticated touch for those chefs that participate in events outside of the kitchen.
After the successful launch of the Baggy Chef Pants, Chefwear introduced the Ultimate Chef Pants, which were slightly less baggy and not as tapered at the ankle for a more fashion-forward chef. The relaxed fit combined with a slightly more narrow 2″ waistband still provides the comfort, safety and fit that Chefwear is known for, but in a more modern silhouette. The Ultimate Chef Pant quickly rocketed to the top and has since remained our #1 best selling item.
Originally, Chefwear released an over-sized chef coat and knit pants for mothers-to-be in 1997. The jacket was redesigned over the years, and in 2008, a new version was released. The Maternity Chef Jacket is made out of a cotton/spandex fabric and features inverted box pleats, while being tailored at the shoulders and bust. This new and improved edition is available today.
The success of the Executive Jacket highlighted a need for a stylish chef jacket that fit well and could stand up to the rigors of the kitchen. The Traditional Chef Jacket was the perfect solution with a front and back yoke for freedom of movement, longer length for better coverage and an overall flattering fit. Made with heavyweight 100-percent cotton, this chef coat is still soft and breathable, but thick enough to protect from the elements of the kitchen and hold its shape, wash after wash.
The Cargo Chef Pants are constructed just like our best-selling Ultimate Chef Pants. Designed based off the ever-growing trend of cargo pants in American culture, these chef pants provided chefs with wider and deeper pockets that was extremely practical for the kitchen.
Chefwear was ahead of the curve in 2005 with our release of the first Women’s Low Rise Chef Pant seen in the industry. This elastic waist pant still provides ample coverage for bending and reaching, but offers a more contemporary rise and a straight leg cut. A standard front rise for unisex chef pants is 10″ – 13″ long for a size M. The Women’s Low Rise Chef Pant measures 8″ long and slightly below your natural waistline, giving you plenty of room to move around without fear of exposure in this more modern fit.
Very few patterns take the culinary industry by storm the way that Chefwear’s Black Pinstripe  did in 2006. Immediately upon its release, it skyrocketed into the top 5 best selling colors and has remained there ever since. Before it was available in many of the current products, Black Pinstripe was the most requested special order fabric our designers had ever seen. It’s soft, supple hand combined with the classic nature of the jet black background and woven light grey pinstripes make this pattern a perfect fit for any settings
The Eco-Friendly line was launched due to the growing awareness amongst chefs to become more environmentally conscious. The line features chef pants, chef jackets, chef aprons and kitchen headwear. Elements of the line were chosen specifically to give chefs an accessible alternative to mass produced kitchen apparel. The cotton is certified organic, dyed with earth-friendly vegetable based pigments, and finished without the use of harsh chemicals. Garments are locally made in small batches to reduce waste and the overall impact on the environment. Since its inception, Chefwear has added five new colors to the Eco-Friendly line.
Barwear by Chefwear was the first apparel line developed for bartenders with input from the USBG. This line was introduced to meet the growing demands of the Front of the House and the popularity of the bar chef. It provides sleek, clean and comfortable looks for those working behind the bar. The line features jackets, shirts, pants and aprons all designed with the daily challenges a bartender faces in mind. The popularity of this line has pushed it to expand to twice its original size in two short years.
Modern fit meets Chefwear comfort in our Women’sYoga Fusion Chef Pant made with super soft cotton jersey knit. We provide a new level of comfort to women in the kitchen that allows for easy movement, coverage, and breathability during long hours.