Chief vs. Chef

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Main Difference

The main difference between Chief and Chef is that the Chief is a a leader or ruler of a people or clan and Chef is a person that directs preparation of meals.

  • Chef

    A chef is a trained professional cook who is proficient in all aspects of food preparation, often focusing on a particular cuisine. The word “chef” is derived from the term chef de cuisine (French pronunciation: ​[ʃɛf.də.kɥi.zin]), the director or head of a kitchen. Chefs can receive formal training from an institution, as well as by apprenticing with an experienced chef.

    There are different terms that use the word chef in their titles, and deal with specific areas of food preparation, such as the sous-chef, who acts as the second-in-command in a kitchen, or the chef de partie, who handles a specific area of production. The kitchen brigade system is a hierarchy found in restaurants and hotels employing extensive staff, many of which use the word “chef” in their titles. Underneath the chefs are the kitchen assistants. A chef’s standard uniform includes a hat (called a toque), neckerchief, double-breasted jacket, apron and sturdy shoes (that may include steel or plastic toe-caps).

  • Chief (noun)

    A leader or head of a group of people, organisation, etc. from 13th c.

    “All firefighters report to the fire chief.”

  • Chief (noun)

    The top part of a shield or escutcheon. from 15th c.

  • Chief (noun)

    An informal address to an equal.

    “Hey, chief.”

  • Chief (adjective)

    Primary; principal.

    “Negligence was the chief cause of the disaster.”

  • Chief (verb)

    To smoke cannabis.

  • Chef (noun)

    The presiding cook in the kitchen of a large household.

  • Chef (noun)

    The head cook of a restaurant or other establishment.

  • Chef (noun)

    Any cook.

  • Chef (noun)

    One who manufactures illegal drugs; a cook.

  • Chef (noun)

    A reliquary in the shape of a head.

  • Chef (verb)

    To stab with a knife, to shank, to lacerate with a rambo.

  • Chief (noun)

    a leader or ruler of a people or clan

    “Chief Banawi”

    “the chief of the village”

  • Chief (noun)

    the head of an organization

    “a union chief”

    “the chief of police”

  • Chief (noun)

    an informal form of address to a man, especially one of superior rank or status

    “it’s quite simple, chief”

  • Chief (noun)

    an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across the top of the shield.

  • Chief (noun)

    the upper third of the field.

  • Chief (adjective)

    most important

    “chief among her concerns is working alone at night”

    “the chief reason for the spending cuts”

  • Chief (adjective)

    having or denoting the highest rank

    “the chief economist of a leading bank”

Oxford Dictionary

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