What’s the difference between chef and chief?

This week we are looking at some words that some learners of English may find confusing: chef and chief.

chef

A chef is a cook in a hotel or restaurant.

Her recipe was passed on to the chef.

He works as a chef in a large Paris hotel.

chief

The chief of a group or organization is its leader.

I spoke to the chief of UK operations.

The police chief has resigned.


Find out more in our English Usage article.

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