Someone who has a job cooking at a fine dining restaurant is an example of a chef.
Origin of chef
- French short for chef de cuisine head of the kitchen chief
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Borrowing from French chef (from the positions of chef d'office and chef de cuisine), from Old French chief (“head, leader”) (English chief), from Late Latin capum (“head”) (from which also captain, chieftain), from Latin caput (“head”) (English cap (“head covering”)), from Proto-Indo-European *kauput- (English head).