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White chef’s jackets—how to find the ideal jacket for you

Read on to learn more about:

  • typical features to look for in chef’s clothing
  • our range of long-sleeved and short-sleeved white chef’s jackets
  • options for staying cool in the kitchen
  • our favourite brands

Chef’s jacket specifications—what are your options?

Feature

Options to look for

Collars

  • High collar
  • Mandarin collar
  • Collar with apron-holder tab system

Sleeves

  • Long sleeves
  • Short sleeves
  • Raglan sleeves (sleeves made of one piece of fabric that extends from collar to underarm)

Design

  • Single-breasted
  • Double-breasted
  • Reversible
  • Button-free pullover
  • French cuffs
  • Contrast piping

Material

  • Cotton
  • Polycotton (cotton/polyester blend)
  • Pima (luxury) cotton
  • Sanforised (pre-shrunk) cotton

Fastenings

  • Knotted buttons
  • Cloth buttons
  • Press studs
  • Detachable buttons

Pockets

  • Pen pocket on sleeve
  • Concealed chest pocket
  • Zipped security pocket

Ventilation

  • Underarm vents
  • Aerated back panel
  • Side vents
  • Side slits

Washing

  • Industrial machine wash (65°C/70°C)
  • Bleach-resistant

Quick links:

White chef’s jackets by sleeve length

Short sleeves

Russums Windsor Chef’s Jacket (Short Sleeves)

  • 245g cotton/polyester blend
  • Double-breasted
  • Press stud fastenings
  • French cuff
  • Air vents under arm

Price: £12.50 (+ VAT)

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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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Ladies Chef’s Jacket

  • Premium 50/50 cotton
  • 215g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Style-capped press studs
  • Shaped front

Price: £20.50 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Le Chef Executive Jacket (Short Sleeves)

  • Premium 65/35 polyester/cotton blend
  • 200g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Style-capped press studs
  • Air vents under arm
  • Can be washed at 70°C

Price: £21.95 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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De Berkel Cuisine Chef’s Jacket (Short Sleeves)

  • 210g fabric
  • Quality polycotton blend
  • French cuff
  • Press stud fastening

Price: £23.35 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Long sleeves

Russums Windsor Chef’s Jacket (Long Sleeves)

  • 245g cotton/polyester blend
  • Double-breasted
  • Press stud fastenings
  • French cuff
  • Air vents under arm

Price: £13.50 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Le Chef Contract White Tunic Top

  • ‘Over the head’ tunic
  • 65/35 polyester/cotton
  • 200g fabric
  • Buttonless pullover design
  • Pen pocket on left sleeve
  • Can be washed at 65°C

Price: £18.50 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Bragard Naval Jacket

  • 52/48 cotton/polyester
  • Double-breasted
  • Hand-sewn cloth buttons
  • Mandarin collar
  • French cuff

Price: £42.95 (+ VAT)

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

Customer reviews

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De Berkel Maitre Chef’s Jacket (Long Sleeved)

  • 50% cotton (woven inside) 50% polyester (woven outside)
  • 215g fabric
  • Double-breasted with taper front
  • Detachable stud buttons supplied
  • French cuff
  • Under arm vents

Price: £57.60 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Best white chef’s jackets for staying cool

Russums Airback Technical Chef’s Jacket

  • Aerated mesh lower-back panel allows air to circulate and cool the body
  • Lightweight poly/cotton fabric offering a combination of comfort and easy care
  • Short sleeves and vented under arms for maximum air movement

Price: £14.96 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Le Chef Staycool Tunic With Black Coolmax Panels

  • Coolmax back panel allows air to circulate and cool the body
  • Lightweight 160g fabric
  • Premium 65/35 cotton/polyester
  • Double-breasted
  • Buttonless pullover design

Price: £29.95 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Bragard Garden Jacket

  • Under-arm vents
  • Side slits and side vents
  • 52/48 cotton/polyester
  • Concealed press stud fastening
  • French cuff
  • Pen pocket on left sleeve

Price: £38.95 (+ VAT)

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Premium fabric white chef’s jackets

Le Chef Staycool Tunic With Coolmax Back (Long Sleeves)

  • Premium 50/50 cotton/polyester
  • 200g fabric
  • Coolmax back panel allows air to circulate and cool the body
  • Double-breasted
  • Buttonless pullover design
  • Zipped security pocket

Price: £30.95 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Bragard Narvic Jacket

  • Sanforised (pre-shrunk) cotton
  • Double-breasted
  • Detachable stud buttons
  • French cuff
  • Tapered front buttons

Price: £45.95 (+ VAT)

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

Customer reviews

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Le Chef Pima Cotton Jacket

  • 100% super-soft luxury Pima cotton
  • Lightweight 170g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Handmade, hand-sewn cloth buttons
  • French cuff
  • Supplied in a presentation box

Price: £72.95 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Best-value white chef’s jackets

Russums Windsor Chef’s Jacket (Short Sleeves)

  • 245g cotton/polyester blend
  • Double-breasted
  • Press stud fastenings
  • French cuff
  • Air vents under arm

Price: £12.50 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Ladies Chef’s Jacket

  • Premium 50/50 cotton
  • 215g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Style-capped press studs
  • Shaped front

Price: £20.50 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Le Chef Prep Jacket

  • Polyester/cotton front with ThermoCool back panel
  • 200g fabric
  • Apron holder tab system on the collar
  • Concealed placket with press studs

Price: £21.95 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Our favourite brands

Le Chef

Le Chef Contract Executive Jacket (Long Sleeves)

  • 65/35 polyester/cotton blend
  • 200g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Tapered front buttons
  • Air vents under arm
  • Can be washed at 65°C

Price: £16.95 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Le Chef Staycool Jacket Raglan Sleeves With Capped Studs

  • Aerated mesh side panels allow air to circulate and cool the body
  • Premium 65/35 polyester/cotton
  • 160g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Style-capped press studs
  • Zipped security pocket

Price: £31.95 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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De Berkel

De Berkel Cuisine Chef’s Jacket (Long Sleeves)

  • 210g fabric
  • Quality polycotton blend
  • French cuff
  • Press stud fastening

Price: £24.51 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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De Berkel Maitre Chef’s Jacket (Long Sleeved)

  • 50% cotton (woven inside) 50% polyester (woven outside)
  • 215g fabric
  • Double-breasted with taper front
  • Detachable stud buttons supplied
  • French cuff
  • Under arm vents

Price: £57.60 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Bragard

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

Price: £122.00 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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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.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Why are chef’s jackets white?

The white colour of chef’s jackets dates back to the 19th century, when a French master chef named Marie-Antoine Carême made it standard practice for staff in a professional working kitchen to wear white uniforms.

White was chosen because it made dirt easier to spot, and because the public associated white coats with skilled professionals such as scientists and doctors.

Many of today’s professional cooks honour tradition and wear chef whites, although black jackets and other coloured chef jackets are popular now too.

Why do chefs wear double-breasted jackets?

Chefs wear double-breasted jackets to protect the front of their body from burns from splashing liquids. A double-breasted jacket also enables a chef to conceal stains, by reversing the way they fasten the lapels together.

How do I get a white chef’s jacket clean?

Keeping a white chef’s jacket clean is a challenge! Many chef’s jackets are durable enough to be laundered in a washing machine at high temperatures, which should get rid of most, if not all, stains.

A good tip is to treat any stains as soon as they happen, with cold or warm water and a clean cloth. Avoid using hot water as it will bake the stain into the fibres.

If the jacket needs a proper laundering in the washing machine, make sure you soak the garment in warm water first. This will break up the stains and stop them from getting embedded in the fabric. You might also want to use special pre-wash stain-removing products (e.g. Vanish) before you run the washing machine.

If these methods fail, you can always take your jacket to a professional dry cleaners.

Can I tumble-dry my chef’s jacket?

Tumble-drying a chef’s jacket isn’t recommended, as the heat will bake any stains into the fabric and it will be much more difficult to get them out. It’s better to hang a damp jacket out to dry.

Can I bleach my chef’s jacket?

You should avoid bleaching your chef’s jacket. Bleach can weaken clothing fibres and discolour the material.

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