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Kitchen coat questions -- I'm going to be dressing my kitchen crew a little nicer!

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi folks,

 

For the past 23 years, the kitchen staff at our pub has been showing up in t-shirts and shorts. It's pretty much the norm for the area. We're directly across from the beach in a comfy Florida beach town. But, May 1st, I'm going to be 'relaunching' the pub. No major changes, we're just increasing quality. (i.e. No more prepackaged, frozen fried crap. Instead, we'll make our own fried crap from scratch.)

 

We're also re-launching a new website and logo at the same time. I want to emphasize our commitment to quality to the kitchen staff and supply them with uniforms. I'm thinking lightweight, short sleeve chef coats.

 

Right now I'm paging through a HappyChef clothing catalog and looking at their Cookcool line. I'm debating between that and a lightweight coat.

 

Enough with the backstory! Anyways, my questions are:

 

1) Typically, do restaurants outright purchase chef coats, or use a towel vendor (like Cintas, for example)?

2) How many coats are given to each staff member? One per # of times he/she works per week, maybe?

3) Are there any owners out there who have done the math and found out what's the better deal between option 1 & 2?

 

 

many thanks,

 

Dave @ Coasters Pub

Melbourne, Florida

post #2 of 9

I think you'll do fine w/ Happy Chef. Their catalog has nice enough selections and their prices are fair enough too. 

 

 

OK. I just realized that I didn't answer your questions. Sorry. 

post #3 of 9
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1) Typically, do restaurants outright purchase chef coats, or use a towel vendor (like Cintas, for example)?

2) How many coats are given to each staff member? One per # of times he/she works per week, maybe?

3) Are there any owners out there who have done the math and found out what's the better deal between option 1 & 2?

Most independent restaurants I have worked at have given new hires 2 or three coats and you are responsible for your own laundry.  The sous on up usually get uni's serviced from a place like cintas.

 

 

I dont have to do the math to tell you that buying coats and giving them to staff is going to be cheaper than having them laundered for your staff from a uni supply place :P

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks, yeah buying is the cheaper route; that was my hunch anyways. I just wasn't sure about how well the material holds up wash after wash. Are the heavier cotton coats more durable in the long run than the new, breatheable materials? I know the few Under Armour shirts that I have haven't aged well. They're nice when they're new, but get scratchy after washing.

post #5 of 9

In many places that I worked we were required to purchase and care for our own chef coats, just like our knives.

post #6 of 9

i was chef at one place that had a kitchen tip out.  i talked to the cooks asking  if they would like more money from the tip out or laundered jackets.  all voted for the laundered jackets.  5 per week every monday a new 5.  i showed them  the cost and time of laundering the jackets themselves and being men, mostly with no wives or not living at home with mommy the choice was easy for them

post #7 of 9
Your employees will never get them clean, they will forget to wash or just not care, you will end up having staff with dirty, dingy grey coats with stains. That does not look good if your cooks are in the customers view.
post #8 of 9

If your team is going to be washing their own coats go with black.
 

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Many thanks for all of the input. I'm placing my HappyChef order tomorrow. We'll be going with the lightweight coat in pinstripe charcoal grey. It's said to hide stains pretty well!

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