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Keeping your Chef Coat Clean During the Holidays

Chef In Action It’s tough sometimes to be a great cook and not make a mess. This can be especially difficult around the  holidays, when there are so many different dishes cooking at once. It’s hard to stay neat and organized with so much chaos going on around you. Sometimes, you just have to throw caution to the wind and get your hands doughy. Doing this, however, can leave your chef coat a little worse for wear.

Whether you are a chef in a restaurant, at home, or anywhere in between, appearances can be everything, which is why keeping your chef uniform clean is so important. Think about it: if you’re dining in a nice restaurant and the chef comes out to greet you, do you want to see a disheveled, stained mess, or do you want to see the person who handles your food looking clean and neat? I think the choice is obvious.

So how can you keep it clean when juggling so many dishes during this high traffic time of year? We’ve put together some tips which might help with just that.

Precautionary Measures

– Always follow the care labels and wash instructions on the garments. They are created by experts who really know what they’re talking about.

– Try washing your clothes inside-out. This helps to preserve the fabric, making your uniform last longer.

Taking Care of your CoatChef Coat Stain

– Try to treat stains immediately before they set. Use a spoon or the back of a butter knife so that you don’t damage your clothing while scraping.

– Run cold water through the back of the stain as soon as possible.

– Rub liquid detergent onto the stain. You can also use lemon juice on white fabrics. Rinse well.

– Wash normally with laundry detergent. Don’t use bleach unless your garment is entirely white. If you have black or colored piping around the garment it can turn brown and eventually pink from bleaching. Use warm water rather than hot, as it can shrink cotton fabrics.

– If the stain remains, rub detergent into the stain and soak the garment in warm water for 30 minutes.

For on-the-go maintenance, always keep a stain remover stick in your pocket. You never know who you’re going to run in to!

Do you have any other tips for keeping your chef uniform clean during the holidays? Post them in the comments below!

How to Keep a Clean Kitchen

Clean KitchenThe kitchen is often the heart of the home, especially in the case of chefs. That is why it’s so important (and so difficult) to keep this room clean. The same is also true in restaurants – a kitchen’s cleanliness can make or break your dining establishment. So how can we ensure that our kitchen is clean enough? Here are some quick and easy tips to keeping your kitchen as clean as possible.



  • Wipe down all appliances, inside and out. Don’t forget to get under them too!
  • Wipe down the walls, baseboards, floors and cabinets.
  • Scrub out your sink and wipe down the faucet.
  • Sanitize your trash can – wash and disinfect it to remove foul smells and stop bacterial growth. If you don’t have a lid, get one.
  • Wash all surfaces people touch. Doorknobs, handles, buttons/controls, light switches
  • Wash hands before and after handling food
  • Use multiple cutting boards – prepare meat on one, produce on the other to avoid bacterial spread.
  • Use plastic cutting boards instead of wood – wood shouldn’t be used in the dishwasher because it warps when wet – so it doesn’t get sanitized and can breed germs.
  • Wash your rinds – raw produce causes more cases of food-sickness than uncooked poultry, because people don’t clean it well enough. Scrub and rinse all foods with inedible rinds to remove bacteria that can transfer to the flesh when you cut into it.
  • Clean your sponges – kitchen sponges are a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria. Nuke them on medium for a minute or run them through the dishwasher, including a dry cycle to get them sanitized. The same can be said for your wash towels – be sure to wash these often as well.
  • Keep your chef coat clean and stain free! This adds to the clean look of the kitchen overall… plus, don’t you just love a clean chef uniform?

Do you have your own cleaning tips to share? Leave a comment below for our readers!

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