All chefs must wear and apron to protect their clothing from spills. Keeping clean in such a messy job is challenging enough, but it also helps keep everyone looking as professional as possible while they work. The image of the kitchen is just as important as what comes out of it, especially when it comes to keeping all of your customers happy, so you need to select the clothing that best helps with this.
The top requirements for the material used in a chefs apron are as follows:
• A material weight of 240gm, to offer the best protection from spills and stains.
• A higher poly-cotton content (65% polyester, 35% cotton, offers the best defence).
• Something that will wash well – check the cleaning requirements before buying to see if it is going to be practical.
• Sewn in ties for extra strength.
• Reinforced seams for greater durability.
• Pockets – as a side note, the apron also needs to have a lot of pockets for storing things such as towels and tools. Work can get done much quicker if everything is to hand!
As you can see, the material needs to as strong as it is easy to clean, which may take some research to discover what is best for you. Here are the most common materials currently used for producing aprons, to give you an idea of what you will be searching through:
Cotton or muslin is the most common material seen in shops, but it isn’t the most practical. It is cheap to produce, but will need to be replaced regularly as it won’t be able to handle too much damage.
Rubber or nylon is heavier, which makes it better for a chef’s needs. It can handle more industrial issues, which gives it a much better chance in a hot and busy kitchen.
This is a surprisingly good material that can withstand the heat of the kitchen and the stains really well. It also lasts for a very long time, meaning you don't need to consistently fork out for replacements. It may be more expensive in the first place, but it will save you money in the long run.
There are many other options that you might like to consider too when buying your own chef aprons, such as rubber coated cotton or even thin plastics as the material – just be sure that whatever you choose is fire resistant!
Other variations for the apron include the colour. White has always been seen as the traditional option, but black aprons are becoming increasingly common because being dark means that it hides more stains, whilst still looking professional and smart within the kitchen environment.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to your aprons, as long at the material is suitable for the hot spills that it will undoubtedly endure. The kitchen is a crazy place where anything can happen, and your clothing needs to be prepared for that!