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[shef] /ʃɛf/

the cook, especially in a restaurant or hotel, usually responsible for planning menus, ordering foodstuffs, overseeing food preparation, and supervising the kitchen staff.
any cook.
a cook, esp the principal cook in a restaurant
intransitive verb

to cook, esp. in a skilled or professional manner
Word Origin

Usage Note

cheffed, cheffing

“head cook,” 1830, from French chef, short for chef de cuisine, literally “head of the kitchen,” from Old French chief “leader, ruler, head” (see chief (n.)).


A person who prepares opium for smoking (1911+ Narcotics)


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