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Why are chefs' hats so tall?

kai_'s picture

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http://www.bocuse.fr/imagboc/Galerie/BOCPORTR.JPG

for an example...

I'll try to make it a hotlink, but no guarantees!

Nevermind--ten tries is enuf...

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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To allow for swelling of the head.

Jean_'s picture

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kai_'s picture

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Jean, you Web maven! How did you do that? Dixie tried to help, as did Mean Chef, but I can never seem to get it right except by accident!

TIA!

kai

kai_'s picture

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ROFL, but seriously!

Jean_'s picture

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To make a Hot link
*type in: a href=
*then: the URL you want to link in quotes
*enclose the whole thing with< and >
*now type in what you want to call the link,say chef's hat
*then type: /a and enclose that with < and >.

To post an image
*Type in the URL of the image in quotes
*type in:img src= in front of it
enclose the whole thing with < and >

I usually just use copy and paste to get the URL. I'm less likely to screw it up that way.

Peter_Goulding's picture

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Kai,

Chef's hats are that tall in order to conveniently store, some would say hide, the bottle of catsup.

Peter.

Chiffonade_'s picture

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To denote status, the taller the hat, the more important the chef.

Also, it's hard to smuggle a bottle of the restaurant's best wine out of the place if you are not the top guy.

nihon_no_cook's picture

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Nah, it's because most chefs believe that unisex beehive hairdo's never went out of style, but they don't want to get any sauce splashed on it when vigorously whip the Hollandaise.

kai_'s picture

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Jean! Thanks a heap! I finally got a hotlink to work with only two tries (only took two because I forget the quotes first time). You are good!

kai

Jean_'s picture

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Knew you could do it!!!

Gerard's picture

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Tradition. Hygene. pointy heads.

They do help keep the head cool, theres a hole in the top that lets heat vent out too. We used to cut the top off completely.
Trendy chefs use baseball caps, I find they make me sweat because theres no vent.

Carolina's picture

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Personally, I particularly partial to the "pointy" head position.

kai_'s picture

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LOL Gerard!

You say: "Trendy chefs use baseball caps"

Well, the only reason I even visit the on-site "deli"
is to look at the (handsome) chef! Imagine my chagrin when he no longer has longish hair and a Raiders' baseball cap, but short hair and the company bb hat...sigh

such is the life of a captive employee (me)...

He still makes good eggs and soup--all the rest, he
has no control over...

kai_'s picture

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Jean, thanks a heap of grits or your fave food! LOL!

kai

kai_'s picture

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Gosh, Chiff, wouldn't the really important ones not ever get out of the kitchen w/out getting knocked backwards trying to leave a room? (Unless ceilings are 10-feet tall)

(Leave it to me for dumb questions :-D )

kai