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Mar 15, 2009 11:18 PM

Who makes the best quality chef pants?

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. 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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    1. re: BostonZest

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

      1. re: Niki in Dayton

        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.

        1. re: keith2000

          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.

          1. re: keith2000

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

            1. re: keith2000

              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 ...

        2. 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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          1. re: gryphonskeeper

            cool idea, gryphonskeeper.

            i hope you are well.

          2. 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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            1. re: taos

              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.

              1. 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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                1. re: perfectofood

                  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.

                  1. re: perfectofood

                    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.