Think of the term “chef’s hat,” and you’ll most likely think of one of those tall, frilly white things that French chefs wear in the kitchen. Called toques, they actually serve several functions in the kitchen, including keeping hair out of food and helping the chef avoid bumping his (or her) head. But when they’re not cooking, chefs wear all kinds of headgear, and in honor of National Hat Day, we tracked down photos of 20 of America’s most popular chefs sporting their favorite hats.
Chef Cesare sent us this photo of his wearing his favorite headgear, a classic cowboy hat.
Jacques Pépin sent over this photo of himself wearing his favorite navy blue beret and holding his pet dog, a miniature poodle named Gaston.
At a recent Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Josh Capon and his team wore hats from his restaurant, Lure Fishbar.
This dapper gentleman knows how to rock a newsboy cap.
Per Se and The French Laundry’s Thomas Keller brought out all his hats for us, and it’s quite a selection: He’s wearing his super-tall chef’s toque and arranged before him are a ten-gallon hat, a construction hat emblazoned with The French laundry’s logo, a 49ers 2012 NFC West Champions hat, a San Francisco Giants World Series hat, and a TaylorMade M1 golf hat.