Looking the Part – American Culinary Federation Chef Coat from Happy Chef Uniforms

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If there’s one thing my chef instilled on me from the first class it was how important a uniform is. Because when you look like a chef, chances are you might be one and thus you may be taken more seriously. I’ve had a few coats over the year into my program but recently got my first coat with the American Culinary Federation logo on it. I am one of the few students at my college who is actually a proud member :-) In case you don’t know what the ACF is, its the only organization in the United States that actually certifies chefs.

Happy Chef Uniforms sent me the ACF Executive Chef coat to review and asked me my thoughts. I told them I was excited because my cooking classes were starting again soon and I’d love to wear the coat to school. Before that, I actually took the coat with me to Benton Harbor, Michigan, where I spent a couple days with the Whirlpool company in the Real Whirled house. One of those days was a 5 hour stint in the kitchen, learning about cooking appliances and cooking on teams. It felt great to cook in a group setting again even if I was super tired!

What do I love about this jacket? The design. Before this jacket I had one with the college name on it thats it. This one has executive chef piping! Its got the ACF logo on the right arm and a U.S. flag embroidered on the back collar.

Another thing that I love about this jacket is that it was designed to be lightweight. I am glad for this because though I have a few coats, the ones from college are quite thick and man those things get warm! Not so with this one, its very lightweight. I was worried about wrinkling but its really a non issue. I hang it up straight from the dryer but I also iron. I like wearing this coat, I wear it on me walking out the door and for the drive into college and don’t take it off until after I get to my car after class. I went this past Thursday to class and people stared at me the whole walk to the kitchen. I was also asked if I am a chef by a cashier at the gas station. I’m seriously looking just like a chef!

One thing to note: If you are a woman, this jacket is not kind to curves. If you are larger on top and order up for it, be prepared to have a coat that is too big on the bottom. I took and added elastic to mine to pull it in just a little. I’m glad it fits perfect on the top but I wish they made a version of the coat with optional elastic for women.

I’m sure you will see more pictures of me in my ACF chef coat, and now that I have visited Happy Chef Uniforms‘ website tonight and see they have matching accessories, I will for sure have portraits taken. I’m proud to wear my uniform and even more proud that I have a jacket with the ACF logo. I plan to be certified going for the Certified Culinarian level within the year. That is the starting point, the other certifications come with experience working in the field. When I get certified I will have my name put on my jacket :)

Buy It: ACF Members show your pride and buy your jacket at Happy Chef Uniforms, in white with bronze or black with bronze, for $34.95, and custom embroidery is available as well!

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Disclosure: Product provided to facilitate this review, opinions remain my own.

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