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Top Five Tips To Dress Your Entire Staff

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Chefwear focuses on providing chefs with the highest quality apparel on the market. With comfort and durability in mind, we remain the top choice among leading chefs all over the world. Now, with the addition of Greet by Chefwear, Chefwear offers the largest selection of styles and colors to dress your entire staff from the front of the house to the back. Take some tips from our experts on choosing the right garments so you can create your own unique identity, unify your employees and leave a positive lasting impression on your customers.

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1. Choose kitchen apparel to enhance your theme

A chef that looks the part and feels great, cooks great. Regardless of the culinary environment or theme of your business, Chefwear offers options that are not only perfect for every position available in the kitchen, but ones that will meet the unique needs of each employee. We supply a variety of different fits and styles in our jackets and pants, as well as more options for women staff members.

If you are looking for a wide range of color options in your chef jackets, choose our Three-Star Chefwear Button Chef Jackets. Available in both long sleeve and short sleeve, these chef jackets are easy to wear and even easier to care for.

If you want a more sustainable option, try our Five-Star Traditional Organic Chef Jacket, which is available in seven Earth inspired tones.

Our Premier line offers more traditional, high-end options that are perfect choices for a show coat. Choose one of our more popular styles in the Executive Chef Jacket. If you’d like to add a little extra, we have the same chef jacket available with piping.

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2. Keeping to theme, delight customers with the right front of the house apparel.

You customer’s experience starts right as you walk through the doors, and it’s essential to make a great first impression. Choose front of the house apparel that sends the right message. Whether you are operating an upscale restaurant or looking to outfit your country club staff, our Greet by Chefwear line has what you need.

For a more formal, sophisticated look, try the Premier Shawl Collar Server Coat or the Four-Star Notch Collar Server Coat. Both options provide a high-end feel to the front of the house. For a more casual look, try our large selection of shirts starting withPremier Oxfords and ending with Three-Star Polos.

Our front of the house line also has multiple pant styles for your servers, hosts and bartenders.

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3. Accessorize with hats and aprons to complete your look.

We carry a wide variety of waist and bib aprons that are perfect for both the front of the house and the back of the house. For extra protection from spills while working in a fast paced environment, choose our Classic Bib Apron, which is available in multiple colors and patterns or a Wide-Tie Bistro Chef Apron that falls around the middle of your shin.

More specifically for the front of the house staff, Greet by Chefwear offers multiple aprons that feature extra pockets and work well with any environment.

In many kitchens, headwear is a top priority. With our multiple style and pattern options you will easily find a chef hat that works perfectly for your kitchen staff. For a more traditional feel, try our Chef Toque, or for something more modern, our best sellingChef Skull Cap comes in over 10 different colors and is available in two more styles.

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4. Unify your employees with extra customization.

Chefwear can help make your restaurant uniform unique and just for you. Embroider your logo and name on your chef jacket, chef apron and chef hat utilizing our experienced, in-house embroidery team. We make sure your embroidered apparel looks stunning and keep you involved in the process from start to finish. For more tips on how to choose the right embroidery for you,click here.

If you’d like to go a step further, you can design a personalized look from either our Premier or Five-Star Line. Add a vibrant pattern to the cuffs, collar and lapel of a chef jacket or have a pair of pants made in an entirely different fabric. The options are endless.

5. Work with a member of our experienced and knowledgeable customer care team.

Chefwear’s expert customer care team is here to help. With extensive product knowledge, we can answer any questions you have and provide educated opinions based on your needs from both a stylistic and cost standpoint.

Chefwear’s customer care center is available for calls or online chat Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.  Outside of normal business hours there is a wealth of information at chefwear.com.

Changed forever by 9/11, Chef David James Robinson is giving vets another chance at life, through food.

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Chef David James Robinson learned the power of food at an early age. The sounds of laughter and chatter were a constant in the Robinson household. The son of a minister and a church choir director, an empty seat at the table always belonged to family friends and missionaries. Here, is where Robinson learned the impact of good music, good company and even better food. “Mom always cooked at home and we always had folks over,” Robinson said. “I just loved the camaraderie of the table.”

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While his passion to cook and entertain grew throughout the years, Robinson found himself in New York as the Vice President of an advertising agency in 2001 before a national tragedy made Robinson realize it was time to follow his heart.

“In 2001, I was working for an ad agency and I stood from my office window and watched The World Trade Towers fall,” remembered Robinson. “And afterwards, I just thought to myself that there were people who went to work that day thinking that maybe they wanted to do something different with their lives and now they would never have the chance.”

And just like so many Americans, Robinson’s life changed. He quit his job at the ad agency to pursue his life-long passion for cooking and enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Before graduation, Robinson had the opportunity of a lifetime that ultimately led him to where he is now.

“I was asked to cater an event for the President of the Rogers and Hammerstein Organization,” stated Robinson. “I had Mary Rogers (the daughter of Richard Rogers), Peter Shaffer (writer of Amadeus and Equus) and Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (Pulitzer Prize winner) eating my food and enjoying it.”

Now, more than 10 years later and a successful catering and event planning company called Bezalel Gables Fine Catering & Events, Robinson has found a way to give back to the community – By teaching others. He teaches the very people that, in a roundabout way, gave him the courage to do what he loves – Our country’s soldiers.

“I was hearing a lot of reports about the unemployment and suicide rate for military veterans between the ages of 18-24,” said Robinson. “I saw a lot of people coming back from overseas with injuries and no opportunities being offered to them. It was just so heartbreaking.”

In 2010, Robinson began brainstorming ways to help and realized the parallels that existed between a life in the military and the life of a chef. It became clear that Robinson could teach these young men and women how to apply their military skills to working in a kitchen.

“In the military you wear a uniform, in the kitchen you wear a uniform,” Robinson explained. “In the military it’s ‘Yes sir, No sir,’ in the kitchen, it’s ‘Yes chef, no chef’. We use a brigade system. We thrive off team work. It’s not a matter of life and death, but the job needs to get done.”

From this epiphany came The Culinary Command Cooking Program For Veterans. The program started off as 4-weeks of comprehensive and intense culinary training. Now, three years later, Robinson holds two 6-week sessions in the Summer and Fall for 16 chosen applicants.

Robinson isn’t just supplying them with the facility to learn and the knowledge to work in the hospitality industry, but he’s providing them with another chance at life, an opportunity to leave the military behind. Robinson is giving back to those that give up so much for us. And just like the day Robinson witnessed The World Trade Center crumble, The Culinary Command Cooking Program has forever changed his life.

“It’s one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done,” he said.

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