Frequently Asked Questions About Being Married to a Chef

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What’s it like to be married to a chef?  Here are some answers to the questions you have asked or have always wanted to ask, but never had the courage to!

married to a chefDoes a chef cook at home?

When he is home, yes he does.  The key part of that phrase is “when he is home.”  His cooking is better than mine, plus I think it’s easier for him to work in the kitchen than to figure out how to floss a 4 year old’s teeth.  🙂  I do cook occasionally, but he usually ends up stepping in and taking over (which I prefer.)  I don’t expect him to cook, he just does it.  (See this post about his recent time at home and cooking and also this one on cooking for family and friends.)

What kind of hours does a chef work?

Too many!  It varies from day to day and season to season.  I would say a good average is 12-15 hours a day, with a commute.  So a 60-70+ hour work week.  Yep . . . too many.  Things tend to change at the last minute as well, which can be difficult.

What are his days off?


How to Clean a Chef Coat

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My husband is an amazing chef.  I love to learn from him and enjoy all the food he makes, but I really dislike washing chef coats.   And when I say dislike, I really mean hate.  

I really have nothing nice to say about chef coats.  They are big and bulky and stains stick to them like super glue.

With each restaurant change (and there have been quite a few as my husband has moved up in his career), come new chef coats and the task of finding what cleaning treatment will work the best for that specific coat.

If you are like me, you have googled, “How to clean a chef coat” on numerous occasions as you struggle to get out those stains that somehow made it past the apron.

You might have also wondered why in the world chef coats are white. (You can read more about that here.)

Below are some suggestions on how to clean a chef coat, compiled by myself and other chefs and their wives/significant others.  (Thanks for the help guys!)

(Also, make sure not to miss my post on how to get the smell out of chef clothes.)


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