If you have ever been out to a restaurant for a meal, you must have poked your head into the kitchen out of curiosity. As guests or customers, they might have noticed that throughout the entire duration, the chefs never took off their hats even for a moment. If you happen to be part of the curious lot, the reasons are laid out below.
Imagine having your soup brought to the table, it looks so delicious and you decide to take a huge spoonful, but once it’s in your mouth, you feel a stringy item. You pull it out and to your surprise, it’s a large lock of hair. That would probably lead anyone into causing a fit or suing the restaurant. To avoid such unhygienic situations from happening, chefs are required to wear hats. It gets hot in a kitchen with so many stoves on, so much heat from the dishes, and chefs are bound to feel hot. They could end up moving their hair from their face, or even scratch their head. We do not believe anyone would like to have a meal full of hair or dandruff, and so chefs are required to prevent them from harming their customers.
Suppose you have gone into a restaurant and wondered whether it was full of sweat, worry not because the materials used on a chef’s hat soak it all up so that none gets into your meal. Kitchens are usually not air-conditioned as the food would get cold if they were, so chefs are bound to sweat. If you were in to go grab a burger, you do not want the constant torment of seeing the one making the food wiping the sweat off their faces, then touching your bread. In case you have never noticed, when a place is covered up, your brain hardly thinks of touching it. Take for example masks, when you place a mask on your face, you hardly think about touching your nose, cheeks, or mouth. The same goes for chefs, who hardly think of touching stuff on their heads, their hands remain focused on chopping, stirring, and serving up food.
After you have had such a wonderful meal at a restaurant, or an event, guests could like to thank the person who made the meal. You might not like to make the mistake of thanking a lower rank cook who had nothing to do with your meal. A chef’s rank is distinguished through the type of hat that they wear. This is basically why chefs keep them on, so customers can know whom to thank, and in case of an unfortunate situation, they would also know whom to yell at. When on a plane or a cruise ship, and happen to come across the captain wearing his or her hat, a person might feel some level of respect for them as opposed to if a person were to meet them out of their uniform. To a chef, the hat is part of their uniform, and so accords them some level of respect when they have them on at the time even during cooking,