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Who makes the best quality chef pants?

keith2000 Mar 15, 2009 11:18 PM

I have a problem with poor quality chef pants. I am tired of constantly replacing them when seems split or the back pockets tear. I can't seem to find a pair that are both breathable and durable. I just ordered a pair of Dickies but I am affraid that the 8.5oz cotton will be a nightmare in August. Does anyone have a favorite brand and style of chef pant that balances cool fabric with high quality craftsmanship and durability?

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  1. BostonZest RE: keith2000 Mar 16, 2009 08:26 AM

    I've always been happy with Chefware. That said, I use the jackets more than the pants because I'm usually cooking at home. I also give their three pocket waiters aprons to anyone I know who is on crutches for any reason and those hold up like iron -- even in heavy use.


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      Niki in Dayton RE: BostonZest Mar 16, 2009 12:10 PM

      Second on the Chefware pants. My husband is tough on clothes, but these hold up.

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        keith2000 RE: Niki in Dayton Mar 17, 2009 05:59 AM

        I used to wear Chefwear but they have had a recent and sudden drop in quality. From what I understand they have begun outsourcing to China. The last two pair of chefwear pants I bought were so poor quality that I don't think I will be using that company anymore.

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          Niki in Dayton RE: keith2000 Mar 17, 2009 07:53 AM

          That's good info, but sad to hear. He hasn't bought a new pair in probably 3 years (he's not a chef, he just plays one on the weekends :-) Next time guess we'll look elsewhere.

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            BostonZest RE: keith2000 Mar 17, 2009 01:17 PM

            They make many levels of quality. You may want to try a different line.

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              foiegras RE: keith2000 Dec 12, 2009 04:45 PM

              I'm sorry to hear that. I had a pair in a pastry print that I got just for fun, and they wore like iron ... far better than my 'real' clothes. I was amazed ...

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          gryphonskeeper RE: keith2000 Mar 17, 2009 06:03 PM

          want a invaluable piece of advice? Go to your local senior citizen center, and ask if they have a seamstress there, post on hte BB that you need a pair of pants made, and you will supply the material, and pay them for making you a pair of pants. For less than the cost of a cruddy made in china pair, you have a perfect pair of pants, made my someone who would LOVE the chance to make them for you, and they will fit you perfectly.

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            alkapal RE: gryphonskeeper Dec 10, 2009 03:28 AM

            cool idea, gryphonskeeper.

            i hope you are well.

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            taos RE: keith2000 Dec 10, 2009 03:51 PM

            I'm not a chef. I worked in a restaurant once, a long time ago but I didn't pay attention to what the chefs wore. Can someone explain why chefs need their own special pants? Is it something with the material? Is it flameproof or something?

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              bushwickgirl RE: taos Dec 12, 2009 03:31 AM

              Ha ha, no, not flameproof, although one might think that's a good idea.
              Anyway, here's a link describing the long proud history of the chef's uniform:
              When I was chefing, back in the '70s and '80s, most restaurants got their uniforms from their laundry service that supplied tablecloths, side towels, bar mops, etc. and boy, did the uniforms suck. The jackets were often polyester, stiff collars that irritated the neck, and great for extra sweating; it was like being wrapped in plastic. The pants were made for men's bodies; women chefs were not readily considered, and were like wearing tubes with no waist. The pants aggrevated parts of my body that I don't want to discuss here.
              Of course, high-end companies have always produced uniforms for chefs with big incomes, but it wasn't financially feasible for the *rest* of us.
              It's nice to see that fashion, comfort and affordability are now a big part of the kitchen environment. The job is tough enough without having to deal with a crappy, ill-fitting uniform.

            2. almansa RE: keith2000 Dec 11, 2009 10:51 AM

              I like both Culinary Classics and ChefWorks.

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                perfectofood RE: keith2000 Aug 31, 2010 08:48 PM

                Does anyone have any input about women's chef pants? I agree that quality is a definite factor, but just once, I'd like a pair of pants that fit! (And maybe don't look half bad?) Most of the uniform websites have women's pants, but that tells me nothing! TIA!

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                  babette feasts RE: perfectofood Sep 1, 2010 10:20 PM

                  I have been happy with Chefwear, although I think the pants I get are one of the unisex patterns, not gender specific. The last pants I got were the organic cotton and are good quality. It does drive me nuts that my pens always seem to fall out of my pockets, but whatever. But what fits me may not fit you, so you'll have to research and try on. I guess I'd avoid the multi-purpose uniform sites and look for chef-specific sites, unless you are looking for polyester houndstooth. Good luck.

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                    perfectofood RE: babette feasts Sep 8, 2010 08:09 PM


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                    foiegras RE: perfectofood Dec 19, 2012 02:00 PM

                    I think all the Chefwear pants have an elastic waist and drawstring, so ... depends on what you mean by fit :) I would never wear anything with an elastic waist IRL ...

                    I didn't find them unflattering.

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                    Sarahlu03 RE: keith2000 Oct 16, 2010 09:27 PM

                    I have been working in a kitchen for the last 10 years, graduated from culiary school, and I also work 7 days a week, and I have discovered that the Ultimate chef pants from chefwear are the Best!! I am a woman and I personally like the fit of the mens ultimate, I'm not a fan of the baggy ones because they have a very tapered leg, but the ultimate is only very slightyly tapered and also I like the traditional styles. I am one that enjoys showing my personality since I wear a chef coat every day, and enjoy all the different patterns! :D Hope this helped

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