The hot summer temperatures can make your commercial kitchen even hotter, and if you want to give your chefs a break from the heat, you should invest in chef uniforms that are as cool as possible. There are a huge range of options on the market. Here is a look at the features you want:
1. Short Sleeves and Pants
Short-sleeve chef jackets are typically much cooler than long sleeve coats, and if you like, you can even pair short-sleeve chef's jackets with shorts. The shorts feature the same material and design as long chef's trousers, but they are significantly cooler. If you prefer long pants with short sleeved jackets, just make sure to opt for a loose fit to encourage air circulation.
2. Cotton or Linen
When you are trying to stay cool, the material you select also matters. When choosing chef uniforms, look for jackets made of natural materials such as cotton or linen and trousers made of cotton. Natural materials allow air to circulate rather than trapping it, and they are much cooler than synthetic alternatives. If possible, look for natural fibres that have moisture wicking qualities as they help to lift the sweat off your staff's bodies.
3. Light Colours
Wearing light coloured uniforms can also help to keep your kitchen staff cool. Whereas dark colours tend to absorb heat and light, light colours tend to let those elements bounce off. This is especially important if you cater events outside, and your staff has to work in the sun.
Traditionally, chef trousers are black, but you can achieve a lighter effect by choosing black and white trousers. Alternatively, you can have white or another light colour chef's trousers custom made for your company.
Vents can help to encourage airflow, and ideally, you want vents along the armpits of your chef's coats or in other strategic locations. In most cases, the vents are just simple grommets, but you can also find strategically placed slits paired with bits of mesh.
5. Mesh Panels
Instead of just having a small amount of mesh used as a vent, you can also find chef's jackets that have large mesh panels. Typically, these panels are in the back of the chef's jacket, either over the entire back or just over the bottom portion of it. The mesh is opaque so you don't' have to worry about your staff feeling exposed.