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    Ju is offline Key Member
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    Cook or chef

    I googled the differences between a cook and a chef as follows.

    "Technically speaking, a chef is someone who necessarily obtains a professional degree and prepares food in a professional setting. A cook, on the other hand, may not be professionally trained and may or may not be working in a professional setting."

    If I am not sure whether he or she is a chef or cook, to be respectful, could I call or regard him or her as a chef?

    Will it be offensive?

    Thanks.

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    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
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    Re: Cook or chef

    You would offend a professionally qualified chef by calling them a cook, but not vice versa.

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