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The best chef’s jackets—best brands, top 10 and how to choose the right one

Finding your ideal chef’s jacket means considering your role in the kitchen and what you need from your garment.

In this guide, we talk you through:

  • your options when it comes to material, fastenings, sleeve lengths, ventilation
  • some of the best brands, and how to choose between them
  • our top 10 chef’s jackets

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Choosing the right jacket—things to consider

Chef’s jackets all have different features—some of them have practical consequences and some of them are to do with style or your preferred brand.

With that in mind, here’s a quick overview of how each part of a chef’s jacket influences your experience in the kitchen, and what your options are.

Material

This affects:

  • how long the jacket will last
  • how breathable it is (i.e. how much air it allows to circulate around your body)
  • whether it will rub or chafe
  • how heavy it is

Materials: your options

Polyester/cotton (polycotton)

  • A blend of polyester and cotton—typically 65% polyester/35% cotton, or a higher-quality 50/50)
  • Hardwearing
  • Breathable
  • Washes easily, and dries without wrinkles

100% cotton

  • Made entirely from premium cotton
  • Strong
  • Doesn’t rub or chafe
  • Very breathable
  • Washes at high temperature

Egyptian cotton

  • Made entirely from soft luxury cotton
  • Strong and long-lasting
  • Lightweight
  • Very breathable
  • Washes at high temperature

Weight of fabric

This affects:

  • how freely you can move while wearing the jacket
  • how well it protects you against burns, since weight normally affects thickness (find out more about the relationship between fabric weight and fabric thickness here)
  • how hot you get (although many jackets have ventilation systems to counteract the heat)

Weight of fabric: your options:

The choice basically comes down to what feeling you prefer.

Heavyweight jackets

Some chefs find heavy jackets bulky and uncomfortable, and overly hot if the jacket lacks proper ventilation.

However, heavy jackets tend to use thicker fabric, especially when made of cotton or a cotton/polyester mix. Thicker jackets are much better at protecting against burns from hot surfaces, as you might expect. There’s actually been a detailed study into this, which you can read about here.

Lightweight jackets

These generally feel easier to move in but they are also susceptible to wearing down more quickly and don’t offer as much protection against hot surfaces.

Type of fastening

This affects:

  • how easy it is to get the jacket on or off
  • how the jacket looks

Fastenings: your options

Which fastenings you go for generally comes down to personal preference. Chef’s jackets tend to have the following fastenings:

Press studs (snap fastenings)

  • Easy fastening
  • Secure the jacket well
  • Can be unfastened quickly if you need to remove your jacket (e.g. hot oil accidents)

Detachable studs

  • Typically plastic
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight
  • Usually come in a range of styles and colours

Cloth buttons

  • Often handmade or hand-sewn
  • Fabric doesn’t conduct heat, keeping your body cooler
  • Durable
  • Unlikely to suffer damage when the garment is washed
  • Stylish

If you prefer a chef’s jacket without any fastenings, buttonless jackets are also available too.

Ventilation

A large part of working comfortably in the kitchen is about staying cool. Many chef’s jackets are designed to allow the cook’s skin to breathe easily when working in such hot environments, helping sweat to evaporate from your body and air to circulate more easily.

Ventilation: your options

For the best possible ventilation, look for garments which have:

  • aerated mesh panels (lower back/side)—these are sometimes marketed as a particular kind of patented technology, such as StayCool or Coolmax
  • air vents under the arms

Design—sleeve length, collar and style

The design of a chef’s jacket isn’t just about how it looks—there are practical reasons for a jacket having certain features too.

  • Long sleeves—protect your arms from getting scalded or burned when reaching across stove burners or into ovens
  • Short sleeves—keep your uniform well out of the way of cooking containers and flames, while helping to cool you down
  • High collars—shield you from hot splatters up to the neck
  • Double-breasted design—the two layers of thick fabric guard against scalds and burns, while double rows of buttons let you reverse the jacket to conceal stains

Best chef’s jackets by brand

Some of the most popular brands of chef’s jackets we sell are:

  • Le Chef
  • De Berkel
  • Bragard
  • our own brand Russums

Le Chef best sellers

Le Chef are a really popular brand of chef’s jacket, and that’s because it makes high-quality clothing that sets out to make chefs’ lives much easier. By using cutting-edge design, Le Chef is able to create technologically advanced, lightweight garments for chefs who spend all of their working lives in the heat and humidity of a kitchen.

 

Le Chef Contract Tunic Top

  • 65/35 polyester/cotton blend
  • 200g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Tapered front
  • French cuff
  • Pen pocket on left sleeve
  • Can be washed at 70°C

Short sleeves

Price: £17.50 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Long sleeves

Price: £18.50 (+ VAT)

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Le Chef Staycool Jacket Raglan Sleeves

  • Aerated mesh side panels allows air to circulate and cool the body
  • 160g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Capped press studs
  • Tapered front buttons
  • Pen pocket on left sleeve
  • Zipped side pocket
  • Can be washed at 65°C
  • Available in white or black

Price: £31.95 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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De Berkel best sellers

 

De Berkel Cuisine Chef’s Jacket

  • 210g fabric
  • Quality polycotton blend
  • French cuff

Short sleeves

Price: £23.35 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Long sleeves

Price: £24.51 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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De Berkel Maitre Chef’s Jacket

  • 215g fabric
  • Double-breasted with taper front
  • Detachable black stud buttons
  • French cuff
  • Air vents under arm

Short sleeves

Price: £54.45 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Long sleeves

Price: £57.60 (+ VAT)

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Bragard best sellers

 

Bragard Julius Jacket

  • Contemporary style
  • Short sleeves
  • Double-breasted
  • Press-stud fastening
  • Air vents under arm
  • Front-left chest pocket

Price: £19.95 (+ VAT)

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Bragard Narvic Jacket

  • Sanforised (pre-shrunk) cotton
  • Double-breasted
  • Detachable stud buttons
  • French cuff
  • Tapered front buttons
  • Pen pocket on left sleeve

Price: £45.95 (+ VAT)

(Can be altered to short sleeves at an extra cost of £1.75 + VAT)

Customer reviews

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Bragard Grand Chef Lady Jacket

  • Pima premium fine cotton
  • Double-breasted
  • Hand-sewn cloth buttons
  • French cuff
  • Air vents under arm
  • Tapered front buttons

Price: £112.00 (+ VAT)

(Can be altered to short sleeves at an extra cost of £1.75 + VAT)

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Bragard Grand Chef Jacket

  • Pima premium fine cotton
  • Double-breasted
  • Hand-sewn cloth buttons
  • French cuff
  • Air vents under arm
  • Tapered front buttons

Short sleeves

Price: £119.00 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Long sleeves

Price: £122.00 (+ VAT)

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Our top 10 best chef’s jackets

 

1. Russums Windsor Chef’s Jacket

  • Cotton/polyester blend
  • Double-breasted
  • Press stud fastenings
  • French cuff
  • Air vents under arm
  • Available in white or black

Short sleeves

Price: £12.50 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Long sleeves

Price: £13.50 (+ VAT)

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2. Russums Airback Technical Chef’s Jacket

  • Aerated mesh lower-back panel allows air to circulate and cool the body
  • 190g fabric
  • Comes with stud braids to make attaching and removing buttons easier (jacket with detachable studs only)
  • Pen pocket on left sleeve

With detachable studs

Price: £14.96 (+ VAT)

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With press studs

Price: £14.96 (+ VAT)

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3. Le Chef Staycool Jacket With Coolmax Back

  • Coolmax back panel allows air to circulate and cool the body
  • Premium 50/50 cotton/polyester
  • 200g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Buttonless pullover design
  • Pen pocket on left sleeve
  • Zipped security pocket
  • Available in white or black

Short sleeves

Price: £27.95 (+ VAT)

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Long sleeves

Price: £30.95 (+ VAT)

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Short sleeves with removable studs

Price: £29.95 (+ VAT)

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4. Bragard Grand Chef Jacket

  • Pima premium fine cotton
  • Double-breasted
  • Hand-sewn cloth buttons
  • French cuff
  • Air vents under arm
  • Tapered front buttons

Short sleeves

Price: £119.00 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Long sleeves

Price: £122.00 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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5. Le Chef Contract Executive Jacket

  • Short-sleeved
  • 65/35 polyester/cotton blend
  • 200g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Tapered front
  • French cuff
  • Pen pocket on left sleeve
  • Air vents under arm
  • Can be washed at 70°C
  • Available in white or black

Price: £17.95 (+ VAT)

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6. De Berkel Maitre Chef’s Jacket

  • 215g fabric
  • Double-breasted with taper front
  • Detachable black stud buttons
  • French cuff
  • Air vents under arm

Short sleeves

Price: £54.45 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Long sleeves

Price: £57.60 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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7. Bragard Narvic Jacket

  • Sanforised (pre-shrunk) cotton
  • Double-breasted
  • Detachable stud buttons
  • French cuff
  • Tapered front buttons
  • Pen pocket on left sleeve

Price: £45.95 (+ VAT)

(Can be altered to short sleeves at an extra cost of £1.75 + VAT)

Customer reviews

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8. Le Chef Pima Cotton Jacket

  • Super-soft luxury Pima cotton
  • Lightweight 170g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Handmade, hand sewn cloth buttons
  • Bleach-resistant
  • Can be washed at 65°C
  • Air vents under arm

Short sleeves

Price: £72.95 (+ VAT)

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Long sleeves

Price: £72.95 (+ VAT)

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9.Ladies’ Chef’s Jacket

  • Premium 50/50 cotton/polyester
  • 215g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Style-capped press studs
  • French cuff
  • Shaped front
  • Three-piece back

Price: £20.50 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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10. Bragard Grand Chef Lady Jacket

  • Pima premium fine cotton
  • Double-breasted
  • Hand-sewn cloth buttons
  • French cuff
  • Air vents under arm
  • Tapered front buttons

Price: £112.00 (+ VAT)

(Can be altered to short sleeves at an extra cost of £1.75 + VAT)

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Size guide, shipping and returns

Sizes

Just like the high street, sizes vary in cut and style from brand to brand. Please use the size chart on the relevant product page as a guide.

Shipping

Prices for delivering items are shown here.

Returns

Read about our returns and refund process here.

29 November 2018

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