When most chefs are busy at work in the kitchen, they will often camouflage food stains that are caused by spills and other occupational hazards by wearing chef pants. These functional pants are available in dark and checkered prints, and they will often differentiate the executive chef or head chef from the kitchen chef. While the kitchen chef's pants are generally worn in a loose, baggy or wraparound style for comfort, the executive chef's pant is a generally a formal, straight cut model.
Chef pants are generally wrinkle-free and are available in elastic waistband, zipper, Velcro, snap and drawstring waist closures. Today, chef pants provide many options in terms of styles, colors, fabrics, sizes and designs and are an important part of the chef uniform. The latest trend in modern chef pants is to use them as a means for individual expression. This means you may often see trousers in denim material or bright colors and vibrant patterns such as: chili peppers, fruits, fish, vegetables, and other culinary delights. Most styles of chef pants usually have from two to six-pockets to hold kitchen essentials in them and are a standard feature in most designs.
Chef pants are available in 100 percent cotton for sheer comfort, though most pants are a 70:30 polyester-cotton blend as 100 percent cotton pants are prone to fading and shrinkage after washing, while polyester-cotton blends can take a lot of wear and tear and are long lasting. You need to be comfortable and look professional while working as a chef in the food industry so make sure that your pants fit you well.
It's also a good idea to wear an apron if you are dealing with food items such as sauces and soups to keep the top of your pants clean. However, it may be very difficult to keep your pants spotless while working in a busy kitchen so it's a good idea to always have an extra pair you can change into at work. Kitchens are also hot places to work in, so you may want to wear lightweight chef pants that are breathable to keep you cool and comfortable.