Restaurant staff's black and white aprons on hanger

Taking Care of your Uniform

My uniform is a very personal item and it makes me feel successful. If I do not feel good in my uniform I do not feel comfortable and I doubt if I will be able to create the best meals for my guests! 

To take my comment one step further, my feet and my shoes have even a greater effect on my day! I bet you will struggle to bring me one man to tell me that it is a dream of his to spend the whole day on his or her feet in uncomfortable shoes. When it comes to shoes I really do not care what they look like, they only have to be comfortable.  

Always read the care label and the washing instructions first!

  • Uniform policy to be noted and signed off during induction interview.
  • Wash your uniform at home.
  • In-store laundries are an option, however costly, and additional rental space may be required.
  • Uniform rental becomes an option, this is costly though.
  • Buy high-quality garments.
  • Keep extra uniforms in case of uniforms become damaged.
  • Treat stains immediately.
  • Use oxygen-based bleach.
  • Air your shoes, socks, and uniform regularly.
  • Use a second pair of inner soles every other day.
  • Hang and or fold your uniform neatly.
  • Know when it is time to replace garments, shoes, accessories, or PPE items.
  • Regularly check uniforms for cleanliness and care.
  • Keep spares for in case.
  • Soak uniforms and aprons for 24 hours.
  • Add a cup of white vinegar for the last hour while soaking.
  • Don’t wear your kitchen gear outside the kitchen.
  • Don’t wear private clothes under your chef gear.
  • Keep old gear for harsh cleaning and dirty work.

There is a variety of hats and caps and other alternative headdresses for chefs and kitchen staff. Find what works for you and what makes you feel comfortable.

Always remember that your feet come first!

Marius Joubert
Author: Marius Joubert

Founder of the first true community for the restaurant and hospitality industry.

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