the chief cook, especially in a restaurant or hotel, usually responsible for planning menus, ordering foodstuffs, overseeing food preparation, and supervising the kitchen staff.
any cook.

1835–45; < French; see chief

chef, chief. Unabridged
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chef (ʃɛf)
a cook, esp the principal cook in a restaurant
[C19: from French, from Old French chief head, chief]

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Main Entry:  chef
Part of Speech:  vi
Definition:  to cook, esp. in a skilled or professional manner
Etymology:  1960-65
Usage:  cheffed, cheffing's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

1826, from Fr. chef de cuisine, lit. "head of the kitchen," from O.Fr. chief "leader, ruler, head" (see chief).
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Example sentences
Every cook, be it an elite chef or an aspiring foodie, has a favorite pot.
Regulars, it is said, can tell the chef by how the rice is shaped.
The former pastry chef studying for a fresh start as a clinical therapist.
The chef shows us the delicately-scented sesame oil in which he fries the
  battered seafood and vegetables.
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