Cook vs Chef: What’s the Difference?

Dreaming of becoming a chef or a cook? Find out the differences between these two similar professions here.

Updated 03 Oct 2019

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“Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great.” — Chef Gusteau, Ratatouille

People often use the term “cook” and “chef” interchangeably. But did you know that these 2 terms have different connotations? If you’re passionate about preparing food and excited to venture into the F&B industry, then it’s absolutely vital for you to distinguish between these 2 professions.

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Cook vs Chef-Infographic Version 02

(Illustration by Leong Shu Man)

Now that you’ve identified the differences between a chef and cook as well as the various chef titles, you can slowly work your way up the ladder of success!

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