How to Roll a Chef Neckerchief

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How to Roll a Chef Neckerchief
Chef neckerchiefs are worn by both male and female chefs. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Chefs are known to wear a tall white hat, pristine jacket and neckerchief. These neckerchiefs --- more commonly referred to in the culinary world as a cravat --- are worn to keep a chef cool in a hot kitchen. The word cravat was first used by the French to describe neckerchiefs worn by Croatian soldiers. In England and France, this term now describes all neckerchiefs worn by men, including the neckerchief worn by chefs. Folding the perfect chef's cravat is a relatively simple process completed in a matter of minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Iron
  • Chef's cravat

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  1. 1

    Iron your triangular-shaped chef's cravat until wrinkle free. Align it on a flat surface with the tag facing upward and the point at the bottom.

  2. 2

    Fold the point up toward the long straight side, leaving about 2 1/2 inches between the point and the top edge.

  3. 3

    Fold the side closest to you up 1 1/2 inches and use your iron to flatten the fold; iron as you work so the cravat holds its shape.

  4. 4

    Continue folding upward, ironing each new fold, until only about 2 inches remains unfolded at the top. Fold the top edge toward you so that its seam meets the edge of the fold. This creates a clean edge on the outside of your cravat.

  5. 5

    Fold one last time so you now have one long strip of material. Your cravat is now ready to be worn. Tie it around your neck as you would a normal necktie.

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