- The definition of a sous-chef is the second in command in the kitchen or a chef's assistant.
An example of sous-chef is the person the kitchen staff takes orders from when the head chef isn't around.
sous-chef definition by Webster's New World
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a chef's assistant
Origin: French literally , under-chef
sous-chef definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. sous-chefs
The chef who is second in authority in a restaurant or kitchen, ranking below the head chef.
Origin: French : sous, under + chef, chef.