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Chef Dresscode: What to Wear to a Cooking Class?

A kitchen assistant wearing an apron

Okay, so you’ve registered for a cooking class. But wait - what's the kitchen dress code? Never fear, there’s an article for everything. Here’s all you need to know about what to wear to a cooking class!

The date is marked on the calendar, and you’re ready to go–but wait. Here comes the impending sense of doom that you’ve likely faced before: what do I wear? You’ve seen reality cooking TV shows, where each competitor dons a white chef’s hat. Do you need one? What if it’s more casual? How do you know? You just wanted to have a good time, but you need to figure out what to wear first!

Here’s all you need to know about what to wear to a cooking class.

Safety First

“Safety first” is a phrase that we have heard a thousand times, and in cooking class it is no exception. The most important thing to prioritize is that you are safe, and this means taking a few precautions when picking out your outfit the day of. Since you may be near kitchen stoves, utensils, and other people, a good rule of thumb is to make sure that you are wearing clothing that will protect you and other people.

This means long pants, preferably shirts with sleeves, and closed-toe shoes. Of course, this is all dependent on the type of dish you are making and the environment you will be in–and maybe even the weather! But for the most part, this dresscode will ensure that you have a great, fun, and safe experience in the kitchen. Since you might be maneuvering as you prepare your delicious meal, it is also a good idea to make sure you are comfortable.

Keep It Clean

Second most important thing to take into consideration: sanitation. Of course, there are measures taken during the class itself–such as washing hands, avoiding re-using knives, and washing ingredients accordingly. However, the preparation may start beforehand: tying your hair back or using a hair net can be a great way to not only keep everything clean but also to make sure that nothing is in your way as you embark on your cooking adventure.

The chef wearing an apron


Simplicity seems to be the name of the game so far, and jewelry is another great example of that. Just because it’s cooking class doesn’t mean you have to take off your beloved everyday earrings, but it’s a good idea to leave dangly, possibly obtrusive jewelry at home. In addition, think about how you will be using your hands–perhaps it’s a good idea to leave the rings at home to make sure you have a comfortable cooking experience!

As with everything, there are adjustments you can make in order to still be able to sport your gorgeous jewelry. For example, silicone wedding bands are a great, safe, and comfortable alternative. Overall, keeping it simple and clean is a great rule to follow when dressing for cooking class.

What About From My Closet?

So now, you get the general idea. How should you apply these rules to your own closet? Well, the other thing to remember besides all these overarching rules is that your comfort is absolutely necessary in this situation. Wearing something that is not just appropriate but also makes you confident will create the best cooking class experience for you. Just remember that the main point of these cooking classes is for you to enjoy your time, and that above all, following these loose guidelines will help facilitate an incredible class of delicious eats and great people.

And remember–you don’t have to don a chef’s hat–these experiences are meant to help people like you learn techniques and recipes without the pressure or stress you might be afraid of. Keep it comfortable and casual!

Last Details

Since each cooking class has its own set of guidelines and rules, it’s a good idea to look into any specifics they might have about the dresscode. Some might offer aprons on-site, others might ask you to bring one. Looking into these details are a great way to make sure that you’re ready to go when the day comes! These can often be found on the cooking class website and are likely even sent directly to your email inbox when you register for the event. And as always, don’t be afraid to ask questions if you have any. Be prepared for a great time.

And don’t forget the most important piece of advice for cooking classes: have fun!


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