Since I’m still pretty much slammed with school lately, I’ll just tell you about something I’ve had in my back pocket for a while, a review for Happy Chef.
The purveyors of chef coats, pants, shoes and the like recently offered me my choice of wearable to review. (Disclosure: I accepted this as a free sample and did so with no promise of a positive review.) Since I’m just about to finish culinary school and plan on entering some culinary contests on my own soon, I opted for a shiny, new chef coat, one that could have my spiffy new logo put on it. (I didn’t ask them to do that part, as my sister-in-law has an embroidery machine.)
I already love Happy Chef. I really love their pants, particularly the women’s line. Generally, chef pants can be a bit, shall we say, Hammer-pants-ish, and Happy Chef’s Women’s Cotton Chef Pants (my older pair say “Ladies”) are slim and flattering, riding just a hair below the waist. They have a little cargo pocket for your keys, or a cell phone, or whatever. Just enough. And their prices are always reasonable.
So, I get my Women’s CookCool Panel chef coat in the mail, and I’m… underwhelmed.
The first thing I notice is the big, black string that shows through the thin fabric. The thread was used to attach the black plastic buttons, and had quite a tail remaining that showed right through the coat.
I removed the thread and gave the coat a good look-over. Maybe it’s not so bad. The design is nice: a paneled heat-wicking style, similar to some outdoors shirts I have from Columbia. This would work well for outdoor events in warmer months. But the fabric, a polyester blend, is a bit less, er, polished than I’m used to. And those black plastic buttons!
I suppose I’ve grown accustomed to my coat from school, a heavier cotton one with French knot buttons. It looks sharp. Since my first day wearing it, I pretty much feel like a rock star with it on. Best I can tell, Happy Chef carries coats of this caliber, like their Cotton Executive French Knot coat, I just didn’t choose it this time around. I think I will next time I buy one.
All that to say, if you need a lightweight chef coat and don’t mind a less-polished look, the CookCool coat may be a good option. But if you need a more formal look, the Executive coat may be better. And Happy Chef’s selection of pants, shoes and the like are excellent, at a great price.
P.S. Want to be all matchy-matchy with your kids as a chef for Halloween? They have kids’ coats, which are remarkably similar to the Executive line coats. (See photo in the slideshow of my little chef!)