Which are correct:
1-He was a cook for preparing Italian dishes.
2-He was a cook to prepare Italian dishes.
(He was a cook who prepared Italian dishes. That was his specialty and what he did. He was an expert at cooking Italian dishes.)
3-They had a cook for preparing Italian dishes.
4-They had a cook to prepare Italian dishes.
(They had a cook who prepared Italian dishes.)
5-He was their cook for preparing Italian dishes.
6-He was their cook to prepare Italian dishes.
(Context and meaning: They had a number of cooks. Each of them did different things. He was the one who prepared the Italian dishes.)
The structures "a noun for gerund" and "a noun + infinitive" ("a key for starting the engine", "a key to start the engine") are commonly used to define the function of an object. However the first noun is rarely, if ever, a person. I wanted to see if one could use these structures for a person.
Thanks a lot Freezeframe.
I thought that an "Italian chef" would have to be Italian. I guess that is not the case.