How to Draw a Chef Hat

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A chef is a trained professional cook, often the director of the kitchen. Chefs are often recognized by their chef’s whites, or traditional uniform. The white signifies the cleanness of the kitchen, as any stains would be readily visible. The apron and double breasted jacket, which is reversible, help keep the chef’s white clothing clean.

The chef’s hat, or toque blanche, may be the most recognizable part of his uniform. The toque is a hat with no brim, dating from the sixteenth century. The hat serves a practical purpose – preventing any hair from falling into the food – but the height of the hat also indicates the chef’s rank. The many folds of the chef’s hat – often one hundred in number – are said to represent the many ways a good chef knows how to prepare an egg.

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In popular culture, chef hats are used to represent fine dining and fancy foods. They are especially indicative of French cuisine. Even children often recognize the meaning of the chef’s hat in cartoons, for example, Chef Louis in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (1989) and the many chefs in Ratatouille (2007). Modern art and home decor often center on French or Italian chefs.

Would you like to draw a fancy chef’s hat? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Chef Hat

How to Draw Chef Hat: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a narrow oval. This will form the opening of the hat.

How to Draw Chef Hat: Step 2

2. Draw a curved line upward from each end of the oval. These lines form the sides of the hat.

How to Draw Chef Hat: Step 3

3. Draw a line across the bottom of the hat, parallel to the top of the original oval. This gives the hat a band.

How to Draw Chef Hat: Step 4

4. Draw a roughly “S” shaped curved line at the top of one of the hat’s sides. Connect another curved line and “S” shaped line to the first. This forms the base of the hat’s puffy top.

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How to Draw Chef Hat: Step 5

5. Draw branching curved lines between the lines of the previous step and the side of the hat. These lines also form the base of the hat’s top, but they do not connect to previously drawn lines.

How to Draw Chef Hat: Step 6

6. Draw a curved line from the hat’s side, encircling the “S” shaped lines.

How to Draw Chef Hat: Step 7

7. Draw another curved line extending from the opposite side of the hat, looping around to form the top of the hat.

How to Draw Chef Hat: Step 8

8. Draw a curved, loosely “S” shaped line to enclose the top of the hat, allowing the line to overlap with previously drawn lines.

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How to Draw Chef Hat: Step 9

9. Detail the hat. Draw a curved line inside the original oval, forming the band at the bottom of the hat. Use a series of curved lines to make each of four loops indicating the folds of fabric on the base of the hat. Allow the lines to double back upon themselves.

How to Draw Chef Hat: Step 10

10. Color your chef’s hat. Such hats are usually white to match the long chef’s coat and apron, but they may come in a variety of colors.

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