Chefwear Rochelle first experienced the then standard black and white checked polyester culinary uniforms in the mid-80’s as a student of the Culinary Institute of America. The stiff, uncomfortable and unattractive pants prompted her to design and sew her own unif
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While working as a pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck several years later, Rochelle shared her pant innovation with other chefs on staff. During a “Wolfgang Puck Meals on Wheels” charity event in Los Angeles she gave out her Chefwear pants to several successful chefs in attendance, including Puck himself. The word spread quickly and Rochelle received call after call for her unique “baggy-cut” pants. It immediately became apparent that the entire culinary industry needed a comfortable and fashionable alternative to the standard uniform.
Rochelle Huppin retired from the professional kitchen in 1990 to dedicate all of her time to Chefwear. Since the company\'s inception she has served as the President and Gary Fleck as the Chief Executive Officer. In the spring of 2009, Chefwear moved to a new and larger facility in Addison, Illinois as it need more space for growth and expansion.Chefwear now offers a full line of culinary apparel designed to meet the needs of the restaurant and hospitality industry, as well as the avid recreational cook. In addition to expertly designed pants and jackets, Chefwear’s innovative products include shirts, shorts, aprons, shoes, hats, Pint Size Duds and a variety of accessories.