Part of the chef's overall uniform, the chef hat is designed to cover the entire head of hair to eliminate any stray hair from falling into dishes being prepared. These brimless hats are made to be tall, ranging from 9" to 12", with vertical pleats that run around the body of the hat. Chef hats are made of stiffly starched fabric, mostly made of cotton or a cotton blend. Chef hats come in either black or white. There are also several styles of chef hats, some designed to be shorter, indicating a junior chef or apprentice. Chef hats are also known as a Toque Blanche, and the traditional hat has exactly 100 pleats. It was said to have 100 pleats because a master chef knew how to prepare eggs one hundred different ways. At that time, the egg was considered to be a symbol for the universe, and were highly regarded. Today, not all chef hats have one hundred pleats, and many chefs wear various types of hat styles.
In your commercial kitchen, the chef hat is part of the accepted uniform, and Foodservice Superstore has a great selection of chef hat from trusted names in chef apparel like John Ritzenthaler. We offer traditional, basic, European style, and skull cap or beanie style chef hats. Chef hats will help keep your kitchen staff looking their best and presenting the highest professionalism which give customers the feeling of trust and comfort in your establishment's food.