What’s the difference between a cook and a chef?

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A student asks, “What’s the difference between a cook and a chef?”

A cook is anyone who makes or prepares food. When you make food at home, you are a cook. If someone is very skilled at making food, you can say “he’s a good cook” or “she’s a good cook.”

The word chef is more specific, meaning someone who cooks professionally. A chef works in a restaurant making food for customers.

Cook is more general – anybody who prepares or makes food – and chef is more specific, describing somebody who cooks as their job.

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