Ever seen Chef's Table on Netflix? If you have, then you have an idea of how crazy a professional kitchen is. Chef's all around the world spend 8+ hours in kitchens, running, stretching, lifting objects in extreme heated conditions. Professional cooking is active, but what about chefwear?
It is NOT.
What if we reimagined professional cooking as a sport, and design chefwear, like sportswear, so chefs can perform with high efficiency and comfort throughout their day?
Final DesignRedesigned chefwear
New sleeve mechanismTaking inspiration from a drawstring bag, the new segmented sleeve is easily collapsible on the pull of a tab.
Body MappingThree different areas with different material needs.
Back, with hints from sportswear
Chefwear engineered to the needs of the kitchen
Modern rendition of the class button and collar detail
Segmented sleeve detail
Easy zip closure
Reimagining professional cooking
How I went about doing this:
Chef coats do little to dissipate heat and moisture away from the body and provide comfort. Looking at sportswear, I used body mapping to place carefully selected materials at areas where I need them (see image), leading me to construct a garment that was designed for its function provided stretchability, breathability and moisture wicking where needed.
The sleeves need to be constantly adjusted in the kitchen, but doing so with dirty hands and a white coat- not ideal. To handle this problem, we would need to create a mechanism by which the sleeve can be collapsed without touching, quickly. By drawing inspiration from a drawstring bag and its collapsible mechanism, I segmented the sleeve section and ran a ribbon-like connector through allowing for an easy pull to collapse the sleeve. (see image)
The aesthetics of the coat are inspired by sportswear, to add character and spunk to these objects. Hinting at traditional elements such as the color, the breast cover and the buttons, this chef coat is a modern, more efficient rendition to provide comfort and ease.