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Buying a chef jacket—everything you need to know

Shopping for a chef jacket means making decisions around:

  • price
  • brand
  • material
  • colour
  • size and fit
  • style and customisation

On this page, we provide a general overview of everything you need to think about before you buy a chef jacket, and the options you’ll have to choose from.

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How chef jackets are priced

As with any piece of clothing, the cost of a good chef jacket varies widely between brands and depends on factors such as quality of material, sleeve length, customisation and so on.

Most manufacturers make jackets that span the full price range, from budget options starting at £10 to high-end, premium garments costing anywhere up to £125.

Below, we present a variety of quality chef jackets grouped by price, to suit whatever budget you have at your disposal.

Price guide

Chef jackets—under £25

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Russums Windsor Chef’s Jacket (Short Sleeves)

  • 245g cotton/polyester blend
  • Double-breasted
  • Press stud fastenings
  • Air vents under arm
  • Available in white or black

Also available:

Price: £12.50 (+ VAT)

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Le Chef Contract Executive Jacket

  • 65/35 polyester/cotton blend
  • 200g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Detachable black stud buttons
  • Available in white or black

Price: £17.95 (+ VAT)

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Bragard Julius Jacket

  • Contemporary style
  • Short sleeves
  • Double-breasted
  • Press-stud fastening
  • Air vents under arm

Price: £19.95 (+ VAT)

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Chef jackets—£25 to £50

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Le Chef Staycool Tunic 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

Price: £27.95 (+ 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
  • Available in white or black

Price: £31.95 (+ VAT)

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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)

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Chef jackets—£50 to £75

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De Berkel Maitre Chef’s Jacket (Long Sleeves)

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

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Price: £57.60 (+ VAT)

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Le Chef Pima Cotton Jacket

  • Super-soft luxury Pima cotton
  • Lightweight 170g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Handmade, hand sewn cloth buttons
  • Air vents under arm

Also available:

Price: £72.95 (+ VAT)

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Chef jackets—£100 to £125

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Bragard Grand Chef Lady Jacket

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

Also available:

Price: £122.00 (+ VAT)

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Materials used to make chef jackets

Kitchens are heated and busy hives of activity, and—as any chef will tell you—having a jacket that’s comfortable, breathable and able to protect against burning stoves and splashing liquids is essential.

For this reason, most chef’s jackets are made of:

  • cotton
  • polycotton (a blend of polyester and cotton)

Not only are these quality materials comfortable, but they offer much-needed ventilation in the stifling hot kitchen and great versatility when it comes to making both lightweight and heavyweight chef jackets.

The higher-quality chef jackets tend to be made only of cotton, using a high-end fibre or weave (such as Egyptian or Pima cotton). With polycotton, the general rule is that the higher the ratio of cotton to polyester, the better the quality of jacket.

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Chef jacket colours

While the long-standing tradition has been for chefs to wear white—for reasons both of prestige and of hygiene—today, many professional cooks forego the white jacket in favour of different coloured clothing.

Chances are you've seen chefs wearing black. Black jackets have become particularly popular over time, both for their stylish look and their practicality in hiding food stains. However, it’s now possible to find chef jackets in a wide spectrum of colours, from red, pink and orange to yellow, blue and green. Nothing is off limits!

Many restaurants and hotels choose to kit out their staff in clothing that ties in closely with their brand and provides the desired impression in terms of look, aesthetic and atmosphere.

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Chef jacket brands

At Russums, we sell chef jackets made by these high-quality, popular brands:

Chef jackets by Le Chef

Le Chef was founded in 1993 by Mark Gregory, former British Chef of the Year and member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. Teaming up with Dennys, Europe’s oldest chefswear manufacturer, Gregory used his three decades of experience as a professional chef to design jackets that combine lightweight, technologically advanced fabrics with cutting-edge insight direct from the kitchen.

Best sellers

Le Chef Contract Executive Jacket (Long Sleeves)

  • 65/35 polyester/cotton blend
  • 200g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Tapered front buttons
  • Air vents under arm

Price: £16.95 (+ VAT)

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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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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
  • Available in white or black

Price: £31.95 (+ VAT)

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Chef jackets by Bragard

The established leader in professional clothing for the kitchen, catering and hotel trades, Bragard manufactures chef’s garments that combine tradition, modernity, innovation and creativity. Founded by Henri Bragard in 1933, the company is now synonymous with the prestigious Michelin star award, and its Grand Chef jacket is one of the best-known garments in the industry.

Best sellers

Bragard Garden Jacket

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

Price: £38.95 (+ VAT)

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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)

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Bragard Grand Chef Jacket

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

Also available:

Price: £122.00 (+ VAT)

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Chef jackets by De Berkel

Dutch garment makers De Berkel began life in 1948 when the Ten Bruggencate family founded the company as a manufacturer of clothing for healthcare workers. In later years, the firm expanded its range to include chef jackets and other garments for the hospitality and food services sectors.

Best sellers

De Berkel Cuisine Chef’s Jacket (Long Sleeves)

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

Also available:

Price: £24.51 (+ VAT)

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De Berkel Maitre Chef’s Jacket (Long Sleeves)

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

Also available:

Price: £57.60 (+ VAT)

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Chef jackets by Russums

A leading maker of clothing and kitchen equipment for the hospitality industry, Russums supplies chefs and food service workers throughout the UK and Europe. A sixth-generation family business independently owned and run by the Russum family, the company offers an extensive selection of branded chef’s clothing from the world’s best manufacturers.

Best sellers

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)

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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)

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Russums Airback Technical Chef’s Tunic

  • 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)

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Size, fit, style and personalisation

Size and fit

Comfort is paramount to any chef's outfit. Selecting a chef jacket that offers a nice, snug fit while providing room for ventilation and easy movement is the ultimate aim for any buyer.

At Russums, we sell garments from many different brands and manufacturers, and sizes vary widely in cut and style from brand to brand. Some chef jackets have a modern fit meant to hug the body, while others are made with a more generous fit that helps the wearer to move more freely.

Additionally, many clothing manufacturers now design chef jackets meant solely for women. Women and men can differ significantly in terms of body shape, and so women’s chef jackets are cut to provide a closer, more precise fit.

The table below shows general UK and European sizes for men’s and women’s chef jackets.

Chef jackets size chart

Men’s/unisex jackets

International sizes

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

XXXL

Euro sizes (inches)

32–34

36–38

40–42

44–46

48–50

52–54

56–58

Size (cm)

81–86

91–96

101–106

111–116

121–126

131–136

141–146

Women’s jackets

UK sizes

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

20

22

24

26

28

30

Euro sizes

34

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

50

52

54

56

58

International sizes

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

XXXL

Bust (cm)

79–82

83–86

87–90

91–94

95–98

99–102

103–106

107–112

113–118

119–124

125–130

131–136

137–142

Waist (cm)

58–61

62–65

66–69

70–73

74–77

78–81

82–85

86–89

90–95

96–101

102–107

108–113

114–119

Style

While chef jackets are manufactured with appearance and aesthetics in mind, most elements of the overall design are concerned with the practicality of the garment and how it will be worn and used.

These elements include aspects such as:

  • sleeve length—long or short sleeves
  • type of collar—high collar, Mandarin collar etc.
  • single-breasted or double-breasted
  • type of fastening—press studs, knotted cloth buttons etc.
  • type of ventilation—mesh panels, underarm vents etc.

Personalisation

Many chefs wear customised chef jackets not only to convey their individual style but also to build their personal branding and portray a strong, professional image.

Often, the best way to do this is with embroidered detail, although there are other ways to customise a chef jacket, most of which involve some method of printing.

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5 November 2019

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