Culinary Uniforms take a Fashionable Twist

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April 19, 2017

The devil is in the details—or so they say. Setting the scene to meet client expectation means that every aspect of an event must be considered and balanced alongside not just client tastes, but emerging trends as well. With the rise of exposed brick, gilded accents, and vintage elements, trends dictate everything from the atmosphere to the silverware, and have evolved to include staff uniforms and appearance as well. As trend leaders in the field, Chef Works has redefined the modern uniform, incorporating fashion-forward elements into its line of aprons, coats, and accessories to create work wear that blends seamlessly into an event.

Breaking down how to dress your best for any type of event, Chef Works’ trend guide offers industry pros a cheat sheet to outfitting staffs to ensure catering pros are ready to take on any job, in style.

Front of house: bartenders and servers

When facing event-goers, wedding guests, and attendees, front of house staff should blend seamlessly into the décor and environment. Working with insider elites and hospitality staffs around the country, Chef Works’ designers created the Urban Collection, a capsule wardrobe of aprons, jackets, shirts and accessories that are inspired by industrial trends that have come to dominate venues in recent years. Utilizing denims, vintage details, and antique leathers, the Urban Collection’s aprons are as fashionable as they are functionable, and come in a variety of different styles to blend seamlessly into any event.

Top Selling Front of House Aprons at Catersource included:

+ Austin Denim Waist Apron

+ Dorset Chefs Bib Apron

+ Corvallis Bistro Apron

Made from 100% denim, the Corvallis Apron blends fashion and functionality.

Back of house: chefs

Churning out hundreds of expertly plated dishes night after night, chefs and culinary professionals are often the unsung heroes of catered events. As chefs become the main attraction in and out of the dining room, event organizers have begun to utilize chefs more frequently in the event itself, making them an integral consumer-facing part of the experience. With this new, more visible chef in mind, Chef Works created their Urban Collection of chef coats to be fully functional and durable, utilizing fabrics like denim and twill. Fashion-forward cuts and fits give chefs the confidence and freedom to become a greater presence at events.

Top Selling Coats at Catersource included:

+ Gramercy Chef Coat

+ Hartford Chef Coat

The bestselling Gramercy Coat, offered in a Modern Fit, cutting close to the torso for a contemporary look, is crafted to be ultra-lightweight, with a two-way zipper, plenty of pockets and roll-up sleeves.

About Chef Works: Established in 1964 when Joseph Gross founded a small uniform company in South Africa, Chef Works has evolved into a global force as a solutions based company, supplying culinary apparel to over seventy countries. Chef Works dresses back of house and front of house staffs for a diverse range of customers including, international hotel chains, award-winning restaurants and bars, culinary schools, food service companies, laundries, and assisted living facilities. Headquartered in San Diego, California, the family-operated corporation has helped pave the way for the current culinary uniform movement by working directly with chefs and culinary personnel to develop innovative, fashion-forward garments.


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