- The definition of a chef is a person who cooks for a living, or a cook who manages a kitchen staff.
Someone who has a job cooking at a fine dining restaurant is an example of a chef.
A chef putting the finishing touches on a plate of pasta.
chef definition by Webster's New World
- a cook in charge of a kitchen, as of a restaurant; head cook
- any cook
Origin: French ; from chef de cuisine, literally , head of the kitchen: see chief
chef definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French, short for chef de cuisine, head of the kitchen; see Chief .