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It can get pretty hot in that kitchen with all the ovens on, the hobs blazing, waiters slipping in and out, not to mention the other chefs and sous chefs that are cooking away. The best preparation for a situation that is as volatile and stressful as this one is to make sure the basics are correct and that means your chefs clothing.

Your clothing has got to be right – well fitted, comfortable, easy to wash and smart. You want to look the part especially if you are the head chef. Opting for whites is normally the way to go, with double breasted tops adorned with cloth buttons. It screams out order and cleanliness so you do not have to.

If you get very splattered, the beauty of the double breasted jacket is that it can be turned round to hide the marks. The cloth buttons are better at withstanding all the washing that the jackets have to go through and they do not melt if they accidentally touch a hot plate or something equally warm.

Whites on the top half are often complemented by checked or patterned trousers, brightly coloured so you can be seen through the haze of steam and smoke. They are also masters at hiding the odd stain that is bound to find its way onto your chefs clothing at some point during the day.

Of course you must not forget your chef's hat to complete the whole outfit, also known as a toque. These are required by health and safety but also lend an air of authority in a kitchen so everyone knows who is the boss.