Meaning of “chef” in the English Dictionary

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"chef" in British English

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chefnoun [ C ]

uk /ʃef/ us /ʃef/

A2 a skilled and trained cook who works in a hotel or restaurant, especially the most important cook:

He is one of the top chefs in Britain.
She is head chef at the Waldorf Astoria.

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  • That was an excellent meal! My compliments to the chef.
  • Shapur's restaurant now has an excellent new young chef Glyn Fussell.
  • The head chef runs the hotel kitchen with strict discipline and efficiency.
  • He's not exactly a master chef - he makes out the orders at the local burger bar.
  • A couple of the kitchen staff are on holiday so I'm having to be chef tonight.

(Definition of “chef” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chef" in American English

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chefnoun [ C ]

us /ʃef/

a skilled and trained cook who works in a restaurant, esp. the most important cook

(Definition of “chef” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)