Uniform Policy for Culinary Arts Students

As we are teaching and training emerging professionals in the hospitality industry, it is the policy of our department that we adhere to a professional chef dress code. The code follows North Carolina state health requirements and those of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. Below are listed the requirements for our programs and the reason for each requirement. The complete uniform must always be worn when working with food in the kitchen or demo lab and when cleaning work areas.

All uniform items must be kept neat, well repaired and very clean.

  • Hair covering: All hair must be covered. If hair extends beyond shoulder length, both a hat and a hairnet must be used (white chef hat, white cap or hairnet). This includes bangs, which must be secured off the face or under a hairnet. Facial hair should be trimmed and neat.
        Reason: Sanitation, to prevent hair from falling into food
        Failure to comply will result in dismissal from class
  • Neckerchief: White cloth, tied in a chef’s knot
        Reason: Adds to the professional look
        Failure to comply will result in lab point deduction
  • Pants: Long black striped or checked chef pants must be worn in the kitchen at all times. Pants should be worn at the waist and should be ankle length but not touch the groundNo jeans or yoga-style pants allowed.
        Reason: Safety, protect the student from spills and burns
        Failure to comply will result in dismissal from class
  • Work shoes: Must be of black leather or non-porous material, closed-toed and cleanable, with a non-slip sole. Shoes must be worn at all times with socks.
        Reason: Safety, protect the student from slips, spills and falls
        Failure to comply will result in dismissal from class
  • Apron: White, cotton or cotton blend.
        Reason: Protects uniform; helps maintain cleanliness
        Failure to comply will result in lab point deduction 
  • Embroidery SampleChef coat: White, double-breasted, long sleeves, cotton or cotton blend and buttoned from throat to waist.  Full name embroidered on left breast. Pen or pencil, Sharpie and Instant-Read Thermometer are also required for each lab.
        Reasons: Safety, protect the student. Sanitation, protect from food contamination
        No coat will result in dismissal from class
        Failure to comply with embroidery will result in lab point deduction

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  • Jewelry and other accessories:
        1. Watches or bracelets may not be worn in any kitchen lab.
        2. No rings may be worn, with the exception of a plain wedding band.
        3. A necklace may be worn beneath the neckerchief and chef’s jacket.
        4. No facial jewelry nor earrings may not be worn in any lab.
        5. No nail polish of any kind or false nails are permitted. All nails must be trimmed to finger length.

        Reason: Safety and sanitation, earrings and earring backs can fall into food products, while
        piercing jewelry can be caught on pieces of equipment and can harbor food and germs, causing 
        unsanitary and unsafe conditions. Wristwatches, wristbands and bracelets are potential 
        sources of cross-contamination.
        Failure to comply will result in dismissal from class 


Refused Admittance:

  • For safety and sanitation reasons, students will not be permitted to participate in a lab environment if they have improper footwear, no chef jacket, no chef pants, no hair restraint, no socks, a dirty uniform and/or poor personal hygiene. Other deficiencies will result in point deductions from daily lab scores.
  • Students who are out of compliance with the uniform policy are allowed to rectify any issues prior to class. If the student needs to leave class to rectify a uniform infraction, penalties will be assessed.