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Topic: FOOD

Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: chef de cuisine 'head of the kitchen'


chef [countable]
BODF a skilled cook, especially the main cook in a hotel or restaurant:
a master chef
a pastry chef
WORD FOCUS: restaurant WORD FOCUS: restaurant
the person who serves you in a restaurant: waiter, waitress, server American English, waitperson American English

the person who cooks your food: chef

the person who welcomes the guests: maitre d', host/hostess American English

a list of the food: menu also bill of fare formal

a list of wines and alcoholic drinks: wine list also drink list American English

a piece of paper that shows the amount you have to pay for your meal: bill British English/check American English

extra money you leave for the waiter or waitress: tip/gratuity formal

money that the restaurant charges for service: service charge, cover charge, corkage

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