Is it Proper Etiquette to Call a Chef "Chef"?
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Many of us enjoy the fruits of a chef's labor, but when it comes to telling him/her so, we can get tongue-tied on the name part.
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Is it proper etiquette to call a chef "chef"? What about in and out of the kitchen? I asked a few chefs in the Valley for their thoughts and this is what they had to say.
I don't think that it is as much of a question of etiquette as it is one of respect. I don't require that everyone call me chef, but I know that when they do, they are acknowledging that I am the one who is ultimately responsible for the workings of the kitchen.
I think it's a personal preference. I personally don't care for it. In certain situations, it's necessary, but some may get a bit carried away with demanding being called chef. To each his own.
I believe the title of chef is something earned in education and earned through the career path they choose. Nowadays, it seems calling someone a chef is used loosely. I'm not saying I don't appreciate the ones who started as the dish washer, and I do understand the culinary industry is a "show me state," but like most careers in this world, a piece of paper that says you graduated validates and grants a title.
Whatever they prefer. I personally don't demand people call me chef; some people do. I just prefer my name. It's all up to personal preference.