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One consideration many new restaurant owners and managers often neglect until the last moment is the uniforms that will be worn by their staff. The type of kitchen you operate and the image you would like to present determines the type of chef wear you purchase. Even if your chefs will not be seen by the public, chef uniforms can help boost morale and pull your kitchen staff together as team. In addition, when your servers wear matching waiter and waitress aprons, you tell your customers that you are a professional establishment and care about all aspects of the business.
When choosing the type of clothing that you would like your staff to wear, it is important to consider the different attributes of 100% cotton and poly-cotton blends being used in the fabric. There are several characteristics that may impact your decision. In general, cotton is viewed as the superior material as it is far more breathable and generally fitting the body better. An important factor to consider in the kitchen is that cotton, being a natural fiber, is less likely to catch on fire from an errant spark from the range.
Poly-cotton blends are a more economical option to 100% cotton clothing. It is more affordable and its most desirable characteristic is that it is virtually wrinkle free. Because of this quality, poly-cotton blends are more suited for front of the house use because uniforms will remain crisper looking throughout a long shift. It is important to be careful around open flames when wearing any polyester blends because the synthetic materials have a fairly low spark point.