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Apr 22, 2008

Toque (Chefs Hat)

Did you know...
A toque blanche (French for "white hat") is a tall, round, pleated, starched white hat worn by chefs. Chefs have been wearing toques for more than 400 year.
All toques are not created equal, the culinary student's hat is (7 inches) 2 inches shorter than a cooks hat and a cooks hat is (9 inches) 2 inches shorter than a chefs hat.(11 inches and taller) The taller the toque the more experienced the chef. In the days before the toque was white the rank of a chef was known by the color of the toque they wore.
The many folds or pleats on a toque are believed to signify the many ways that an egg can be cooked. Some executive chefs have as many as 100 pleats in his/her toque.
The French chef Marie-Antoine Careme wore a toque 18 inches tall with 100 pleats.
Can you think of 100 ways to cook an egg? I sure can't!

1 comment:

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